Butternut Squash Pear Soup

When you think of bladder friendly veggies, pumpkin and squash come quickly to mind, especially with the onset of Fall. This all-time favorite soup is incredibly easy to prepare and the perfect accompaniment to a grilled cheese sandwich. If you like a creamier soup, feel free to add your choice of milk (cow, goat, coconut, almond, etc.) to taste. I prefer it all veggie with just a dab of cool sour cream in the middle of a hot steamy bowl topped, of course, with homemade, toasted croutons or roasted pumpkin seeds. The only challenging part is the seasoning. Some like a simple pure taste just using salt and pepper while others like using cinnamon and/or nutmeg. I prefer a little garlic, oregano and parsley. Just play with it and enjoy!

  • 1 white onion, chopped (if you can tolerate)
  • 1 rib of celery, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed, chopped
  • 1 pear, peeled, cored, chopped (squash and pear should be at a 3 to 1 ratio)
  • 3 cups chicken broth (MSG free!)
  • Pinches of nutmeg or cinnamon
  • Pinch of garlic powder and oregano
  • salt and pepper

Combine butter, onion, celery, and carrot in large saucepan. Cook for 5 minutes. Add squash, pear and broth. Bring to boil. Simmer for 10 minutes or until squash is soft. Puree with food processor. Add spices to taste and serve with a dollop of sour cream, crispy croutons or roasted pumpkin seeds.

*One alternate way of preparing the root veggies is to roast them until tender (i.e. onion, carrot, garlic, squash, etc.).  Place them on a cookie sheet with a dribble of olive oil on each one. Roast at 400F until tender then let cool! Scrape into a food processor and blend until it has a smooth consistency. Heat in a saucepan, adding spices and/or milk to your taste!

By | 2018-11-04T02:48:56+00:00 October 3rd, 2018|Fall Recipes, Soup|Comments Off on Butternut Squash Pear Soup

About the Author:

Jill Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders. She is the editor of the IC Chef Cookbook (2015) and serves as editor of the IC Optimist quarterly magazine. She spends the majority of her time developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app! My Google Profile+