This thick and creamy soup is delicious. The chili powder gives the soup a scarlet glow and the heat of the chili contrasts with the sweet Pear, Walnut & Thyme Conserve that is added to the soup. I grew Buttercup squash this past summer and used some of those squash in this recipe. You can also use Butternut or even Acorn squash. This recipe makes four very generous servings.
I adapted this recipe from Eugenia Bone’s wonderful cookbook, Well-Preserved: Recipes and Techniques for Putting Up Small Batches of Seasonal Food, Clarkson Potter/Publishers, New York 2009 to make it completely oil-free and plant-based.
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In the late summer and early fall when the pears come into season here in Western Montana, one of the things I like to do with them is make this conserve. I have an old Barlett pear tree in the back yard and I use those pears. Bosc or Anjou pears also would work very well.
This recipe is based on one developed by Eugenia Bone for her book, Well Preserved: Recipes and Techniques for Putting Up Small Batches of Seasonal Foods, Clarkson Potter/Publishers, New York 2009. I adapted Eugenia Bone’s recipe to include dry sherry, walnuts and dark raisins and added some orange zest because that is what I usually have in the pantry.
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