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Butternut squash soup a healthy comfort food

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Published in Animal Stories 4 For Families – Farm Edition

Donnie and Belinda Carringer have for several years been farming to provide fresh food for Western North Carolina farmers’ markets and restaurants – as well as their own table. This recipe not only utilizes the late-fall-to-winter harvested butternut squashes, but it is a warm, comfort-food meal to satisfy during the next few months of cold winter days and nights.

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The Carringers shared this recipe with Suminski Family Books, and it was included in the publishers’ “Animal Stories 4 for Families – Farm Edition,” which was just recently published and is available online from the publisher or at various local gift and books stores in Macon County.


  • 6 Tbls. chopped onion
  • 4 Tbls. butter
  • 6 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 cubes chicken bouillon
  • 1/2 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese


In a large saucepan, sauté onions in butter, until tender. Add squash, water, bouillon, marjoram, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Bring to boil; cook 20 minutes, or until squash is tender. Puree squash and cream cheese in a blender or food processor – or with an emersion blender –until smooth. Return to saucepan and heat through. Do not allow to boil.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH is a versatile vegetable that can be included in savory soups, side dishes or luscious desserts.

The following was submitted by a Macon Sense staff member.

Should you have squash left over after making soup, butternut squash also makes a delicious dessert dish.


  • 2 c. mashed cooked squash, well drained
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Dash of nutmeg


Mix ingredients together and pour into 9” deep dish pie crust. Place onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees until knife comes out clean.

BUTTERNUTS ARE generally harvested during the latter half of the summer growing season as the vines are dying down.