Quick & Easy Roasted Butternut Bacon Bisque

Add croutons on top!

Add croutons on top!

It’s icy outside and snow is reaching up to the window sills, time to beat the cold with a big bowl of soup!  This quick and fun recipe will tingle the taste buds – plus, it is the perfect recipe candidate if you need to make it ahead of time.

You need:
Big pot
15 minutes preparation
40 minutes cooking

4lbs – Butternut squash, peeled, seeded, roasted, and cut into 1-inch cubes
14 oz – chicken broth
2 tablespoons – butter
1/2 teaspoon – dried thyme and/or basil
1/4 teaspoon – ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon – cayenne pepper (or more, optional)
1 cup – half-and-half
1 tablespoon – fresh lemon juice
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves, sliced
4 strips of (thick-cut) bacon, sliced
2 shiitake mushrooms, remove stems and gills
Sour or heavy cream, for serving
Salt and pepper
Paprika, optional garnish


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut squash into quarters. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with a thin layer of oil and add the squash. Roast until tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife, about 30 minutes, rotating pan and tossing the pieces halfway through. While they are roasting, prepare the other ingredients. Let cool, and remove skins.
  • In the large pot, fry butter and bacon over medium for 2 minutes. Add onion, garlic, mushrooms, herbs, cinnamon, and cayenne. Season with salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened and caramelized (brown on edges), about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Add squash, 3 cups water, and broth. Simmer 15-25 minutes. Add half-and-half and simmer 2 more minutes. Let cool.
  • Working in batches, puree in a blender until smooth. Put blend back into pot and lightly simmer another 10-15 minutes. Stir in lemon juice; season with salt. Serve bisque with cream, garnished with cayenne and paprika, if desired.

For a vegetarian version of the soup, substitute chicken broth with vegetable broth or water and eliminate the bacon.

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