Butternut Squash Pear Soup

This soup is so delicious.  It is even better the second day after the flavors have a chance to blend and deepen.  You can serve this soup with or without crumbled bacon on top.  I love the bacon.  It adds a smoky flavor to the soup and a nice crunch.  Feel free to add lots of cinnamon ;)  Enjoy this toasty treat!  Serves 8.

2 tbsp butter or olive oil
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 onion, chopped
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3/4 lb potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 pears, chopped
4 cups butternut squash (about 1 squash), peeled and chopped
2 cups stock (veggie or chicken)
2 cups water

Heat large soup pot and add 2 Tbsp butter or oil to heat.  Add celery, carrots and onion.  Saute 5 minutes.  Add cinnamon and stir about 1 minute.  Add remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer.  Cook about 30 minutes and blend with immersion blender.  Serve topped with crumbled bacon or as is!  

Heather Poast