Spiced Squash, Fennel and Pear Soup for a Celebration!

October 24, 2010 at 12:14 am | Posted in french fridays w dorie, groups, other stuff, savory things, soups | 20 Comments

spiced squash, fennel & pear soup

Today is a special day for one of my favorite cookbook authors…it’s Dorie Greenspan’s birthday!  Happy birthday, Dorie!  A few TWDers and FFWDers have put together a sort of virtual progressive dinner party, all made from Dorie’s new book, Around my French Table, to celebrate.

I chose to take on a soup course, and made her Spiced Squash, Fennel and Pear SoupI’m no stranger to squash soup, and usually I’ll use a butternut, but a crazy lumpy, bumpy golden hubbard caught my eye at the market and wound up coming home with me.  I’ve never made squash soup with the additions of pear and fennel before…they brought a delicious sweetness to the pot.  Don’t forget to toast up your squash seeds as garnish.  This is a great, warming soup that gets even more flavorful the next day.

For the recipe for this delicious soup, see page 80 of Around my French Table by Dorie Greenspan.  Holly from Phe.MOM.enon worked hard to coordinate this party, and will have the whole round-up on her site!


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  1. This soup was the first thing that caught my eye when I paged through the cookbook; I can’t wait to try it. Yours is stunning! Thanks for the helpful notes. This virtual dinner party has been tons of fun, and what a perfect excuse for a party: Happy Birthday Dorie!!

  2. This soup really sounds and looks so good ! Ciao !

  3. Pear in soup… I have that check that out!

  4. I love pears (and winter squash, and winter squash soups), so this is one of the recipes that I was drawn to as I looked through the book. I’m glad to know that you liked it! It looks wonderful.

  5. That looks delicious! I don’t think I’ve ever had hubbard squash; I’ll have to try it.

  6. This looks delicious, and just like the perfect soup for a cool and rainy fall day!

  7. I can’t wait to try this soup! It looks delicious!

  8. I am so intrigued by this soup. The photo is gorgeous, as always. So glad you attended our bday shindig! xo

  9. I ♥ butternut squash…anything. But this hubbard squash soup looks delicious! Lovely presentaion. 🙂

  10. That soup looks like it’s perfect for dinner on a rainy/stormy day. I would have never thought of adding pears to a soup, but I bet it tastes wonderful!

  11. Oh my gosh, Steph that is a fabulous photo of a spectacular sounding soup. I love squash and butternut particularly. Nice that you chose a varied one as well. Can’t wait to make this one and better even the next day? SCORE
    Wasn’t this so much fun?

  12. It’s getting cooler outside, and this soup is calling my name. I’ve used apples in my butternut squash soup, and I’m intrigued by the idea of using pears. Your soup has such a gorgeous golden color – so yummy looking.

  13. Best photo so far on the roundup. Nice job on the soup. It looks delicious. I had so much fun cooking for Dorie’s birthday along with my fellow TWDers.

  14. Steph, thank you so much for making this birthday so very, very special. I’m delighted you liked the soup and I only wish we could have shared it together — for real.

  15. ohdearsweetbabyjesus. marry me.

  16. This looks delicious! I don’t eat fennel nearly enough 🙂 Beautiful photo, too!

  17. Looks really spectacular! Somehow I missed the news on all of this and didn’t make a thing…maybe next year. Great photos over here, as always. Sigh.

  18. the soup looks great- perfect for a fall birthday

  19. This soup looks incredible – perfect for fall! (I know it’s not fall in Australia, but you are making all of us Northern Hemisphere folks drool.)

  20. Your soup looks exquisite and I just love that flavor combo. My copy of the book is on it’s way as I type from Amazon. I can’t wait.

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