Thursday 31 October 2013

Butternut Squash Soup! Jean Georges Vongerichten

Soups, stews, and chili's are on the minds of many as the fall cooking season rolls around. 

This Butternut Squash Soup is Jean George's recipe, that I was privileged to observe in a cooking demo, years ago. Ten plus years later, I went to the famous Jean George's in New York, (Trump Hotel Central Park, first floor) and had this very soup!! Ever since then, I’ve fallen in love with Jean George's Butternut Squash Soup. In fact as I write this, October is only half way, and I’ve already made it twice! The only recipe that I will ever use for the rest of my life belongs to Jean-Georges Vongerichten. And today, I will share it with you. It’s not a secret, actually. I’ve come across the recipe in a few places, including a demo that he did on Good Morning America in 1998! The first time that I made it, I was pleasantly surprised at the short ingredient list and simple preparation method. Is it possible that something so amazingly delicious could be this simple to make? The answer is, Yes! Everyone raves about this soup!

2 lb. Butternut squash, peeled and cut into chunks
4 c. homemade chicken stock (*see note)
1 1/4 c. sour cream, creme fraiche or heavy cream
2 T unsalted butter
salt and pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper or to taste
1 T. sugar
Garnish with Shitake or chanterelle, mushrooms, chives or buttered popcorn

* If using canned chicken stock, I recommend Swanson  and enriching with 1-2 tablespoons of Glace Gold. (Williams-Sonoma)

Combine the squash and stock in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until squash is very tender, about 20 minutes.

Cool slightly, then puree in a food processor or blender.

Return to heat and stir in the cream of your choice, the butter, salt, pepper and caryenne. Cook stirring until heated through (do not boil). Taste, add the sugar, and adjust seasoning.

Garnish......I garnished with sauteed chanterelle mushrooms this time, but have garnished with three buttered and salted popcorn or snipped chives!

As a starter to a multi-course dinner, I serve in Demitasse cups

Thanksgiving is around the bend, and if ever there was a time for a simple-to-make (but still amazing) holiday soup, this is it. And what’s more, you can make it ahead of time, freeze it in batches, and use some for Christmas – or a quick mid-week meal during the bleak winter’s pale.

This I made a few years ago at Thanksgiving, in our Scottsdale home. This is not the Jean Georges recipe, however, I wanted you to see the options of garnish and how each looks. In this case, I serve a very tiny bowl of buttered popcorn on the side of each serving of soup.

I used snipped chives in this presentation...yum!
I think I'm in danger of overdosing on Jean George's butternut squash soup...and we are just November 1!! 




  1. This is perfect for this cold day! Thanks! Tina North Bend

    1. Tina! I am so happy you like the recipe! Thanks for commenting! JJ

  2. Love this soup! Best soup ever.....Jan- Chicago

    1. Hi Jan! I saw that you have commented a few times, I really love that! Sometimes the comments give me a direction to go in. There is so much in my head to share! The soup is one of our family favorites! Cheers! JJ

  3. This contains sooooooo much healthy protein and delicious spices! I cannot wait to try making this with my mother 😀 I think the whole family would love it.
    Paul Brown

  4. We got this recipe out of the J-G cook book, but it was packed for a move & I was hungry for it. I found your listing, and once again, it is a delightful recipe. I have portioned out soup pre-cream for my lactose intolerant nephew and it was still delightful! I did add the cayenne for him, though! I have put cut pieces of shrimp and sweet little bay scallops in this, as well as spicy, candied pecans. I love the popcorn idea!


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