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Butternut Bisque with Spicy Pear Salsa

Makes: 4 servings
Serving size: 1 1/4cups soup, 1/4 cup salsa, and 1/2 slice bacon each
Prep 30 mins Cook 25 mins
Butternut Bisque with Spicy Pear Salsa
Ingredients
  • 1  cup  chopped pear (1 medium)
  • 1  tablespoon  chopped red onion
  • 2  teaspoons  seeded and finely chopped fresh jalapeno chile pepper*
  • 2  teaspoons  snipped fresh cilantro
  • 1  teaspoon  finely shredded lime peel
  • 2  teaspoons  lime juice
  • 1  tablespoon  olive oil
  • 1/2  cup  chopped onion (1 medium)
  • 3 - 3 1/2  cups  reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1 1/2 pound  butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1  large  carrot, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 6 - 8  ounces  cooked crabmeat or one 6-ounce can crabmeat, drained, flaked, and cartiledge removed
  • 2  slices  bacon, crisp-cooked, drained, and crumbled
Directions

1. For salsa, in a small bowl combine pear, red onion, jalapeno pepper, cilantro, lime peel, and lime juice. Set aside.

2. In a large saucepan heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Add 3 cups of the broth, the squash, carrot, and salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 25 to 30 minutes or until carrot is tender.

3. Using an immersion blender, blend squash mixture until smooth. (Or cool slightly. Transfer mixture, half at a time, to a blender or food processor. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Return pureed mixture to saucepan.) Stir crabmeat into squash mixture; heat through. Stir in enough of the additional 1/2 cup broth if necessary to reach desired consistency.

4. Ladle soup into serving bowls. Top with salsa and sprinkle with bacon.

From the Test Kitchen*Tip:
  • Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.
Nutrition Facts (Butternut Bisque with Spicy Pear Salsa)
  • Servings Per Recipe 4,
  • cal. (kcal) 211,
  • Fat, total (g) 6,
  • chol. (mg) 42,
  • sat. fat (g) 1,
  • carb. (g) 31,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 3,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 0,
  • fiber (g) 6,
  • sugar (g) 10,
  • pro. (g) 12,
  • vit. A (IU) 20068,
  • vit. C (mg) 44,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 4,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 65,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 897,
  • Potassium (mg) 914,
  • calcium (mg) 131,
  • iron (mg) 2,
  • Mark as Free Exchange () 0,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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