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Butternut Pear Soup

Soup season is quickly approaching again and I love it. I especially love a homemade heartwarming healthy soup and this soup is just that, with the right thickness and sweetness. In color and taste it sums up the fall season.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup chopped shallots (about one shallot)
1 good sized butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into cubes. 4-5 cups.
2 pears, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 garlic clove, smashed
sprinkle of dried thyme
pinch of cinnamon
3 cups chicken stock, I used Kitchen Basics, liquid in the box.
2 teaspoons brown sugar
sea salt and black pepper to taste

I used a Dutch oven. Heat the olive oil and butter. Add the shallots and cook a few minutes. Add the squash and pear, stir and cook over low heat until it get a little caramelized, about 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

Add the garlic, thyme, cinnamon and stir. Add the stock and increase the heat to medium high and bring to a boil. Stir …

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