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Curried Squash and Pear Bisque

This dish appears in Holiday Weekend – A Pairing Adventure, Part 1

Pairing suggestions: Viognier, Vouvray, Riesling 


  • 1 butternut squash (about 3 lbs)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups chopped peeled Bartlett pear (about 1 pound)
  • 1 1/2 cups diced onion
  • 2 1/3 cups water
  • 1 cup pear nectar
  • 2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans vegetable broth
  • 3 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger root
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1 small Bartlett pear, cored and thinly sliced (for garnish)
  • fresh nutmeg ball for grating (or powdered nutmeg)


Preheat oven to 375°.

Cut squash in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membrane. Place squash halves, cut sides down, on a baking sheet; bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until tender. Cool. Peel squash; mash pulp. Set aside 3 1/2 cups pulp, reserving remaining squash for another use.

Melt butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add chopped pear and onion; sauté 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Add squash pulp, water, and next 5 ingredients (water through pepper). Bring to a boil; partially cover, reduce heat, and simmer 40 minutes. Place one-third of squash mixture in a blender; process until smooth. Pour puréed mixture into a large bowl; repeat procedure with remaining squash mixture. Return squash mixture to pan; stir in half-and-half. Cook over low heat 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Ladle soup into bowls, and garnish with pear slices. Sprinkle grated nutmeg over the top of the soup bowl.


2 comments on “Curried Squash and Pear Bisque

  1. BillyBites
    February 3, 2012

    This looks great! I am a big bisque fan but never tried making some on my own. I think I am going to give this a shot, thanks for recipe

    • tlcolson
      February 7, 2012

      Thanks for reading! There will be more recipes added. (and transferred from posts over at MissWineOH.com as time allows) Try that bisque. I was amazed at how easy it really was to make. And wow… delicious!

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