Butternut Squash Puree with Bacon & Pine Nuts

This squash puree is free from both eggs and dairy, and perfectly combines the natural sweet flavor of squash with the savory tastes of the bacon & pine nuts. It’s a great fall soup that’s simple to prepare and not as time-consuming to make compared to other soups.

  1. Makes: 4-6
  2. Time: 60 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 medium butternut squashes, trimmed, halved lengthwise, seeds removed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate
  • 1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth (or more as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Rub the cut sides of the squash with the olive oil. Place the squash cut sides down on the baking sheet. Roast for 35-45 minutes or until tender when pierced with a knife.
  • While the squash roasts, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crispy. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to cool. Pour the drippings from the skillet into a bowl.
  • When the squash is cool enough to handle, scoop the flesh into a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add 2 tablespoons of the reserved bacon drippings, the collagen hydrolysate, 1/4 cup broth, and rosemary. Process until smooth, adding additional broth if desired for a thinner puree. Season to taste with salt.
  • Crumble or chop the bacon into small pieces. Transfer the squash puree to a serving dish.
  • Top with the crumbled bacon and pine nuts. Serve warm.

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