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BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP
2 pounds butternut squash (peeled and seeds removed) cut into 2 inch cubes
2 ripe but firm pears peeled, quartered and cored
1 medium leek white and pale green part only, cleaned and sliced
2 large cloves garlic, crushed
2 medium tomatoes, cored and cut into quarters
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
Place all the vegetables in a bowl with 1/4 tsp salt, and the olive oil - mix well and place vegetables on a baking sheet and roast in a 400 degree oven 45-55 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
Place 2 cups of the broth with half the roasted vegetables in a blender and purée. Place the mixture into a pot on stove at medium temp. Repeat with the remaining 2 cups stock and roasted vegetables. (I prefer doing my pureeing right in the pot on the stove, with a hand blender - either works.)
Add the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt (more if you think it is needed) and a little fresh ground pepper. Heat until warm.
Serve with crumbled Stilton Blue Cheese on top with chopped chives or green onion.