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- 2 pounds butternut squash
- 2¼ cups water
- ½ cup chardonnay
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme (in sachet)
- 2 Fuji apples, peeled, cored, chopped
- ½ cup diced white onion
- Salt and white pepper to taste
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 6–8 sage leaves, washed, dried and fried
- Crispy bacon or pancetta, optional
Cut the squash in half lengthways. Seed and core, then roast skin side up in ½ inch of water at 500°, until soft. Add more water if needed. Remove squash from pan and press through a sieve or mesh rack and discard skin.
In a Dutch oven or heavy pot, add the water, wine, thyme, apples, onion, salt, pepper and squash and simmer on medium-low until the apples are soft. Remove the mixture from the heat and discard the thyme sachet, and purée in a blender until perfectly smooth. Once blended, slowly add the cream until emulsified. Garnish each bowl with a few fried sage leaves and some crispy bacon or pancetta.
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