Delicata Squash Soup with Parmesan Croutons

Delicata Squash Soup with Parmesan CroutonsPhoto copyright © 2001 by John A. Rizzo


  • 2 pounds delicata squash, cut in half lengthwise and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Granny Smith apples (about 1 pound total), cut in half lengthwise and cored
  • 4 cups Chicken Stock or canned low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1/2 cup heavy (whipping) cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Parmesan Croutons
2 cups 1/2-inch cubes of French or rustic white bread, crusts removed
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

    How to make it 

  • 1

    Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Brush the flesh of the squash with olive oil and place, cut side down, on a rimmed baking sheet. Place the apples, cut side down, on the baking sheet. Roast until tender when pierced with a fork, about 30 to 35 minutes.

  • 2

    Use a spoon to scrap out the flesh of the squash and apples, and put in the work bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Discard the skins. Purée until smooth. Add 1 cup of the stock and continue processing until smooth. Put this mixture in a 3½- to 4-quart saucepan, add the remaining 3 cups of stock, the cream, nutmeg, and sugar. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  • 3

    To make the croutons: Place the bread cubes in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil, add the Parmesan, and toss the bread cubes until thoroughly coated. Spread in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until toasty brown, about 10 to 12 minutes. Set aside.

  • 4

    When ready to serve, ladle the soup into a warmed soup tureen or individual soup bowls, and garnish with the croutons. Serves 6.

Cook’s Note

The soup can be made up to 3 days ahead. Cool and refrigerate, covered; rewarm just before serving. The croutons can be made 2 days in advance. Store in a covered container at room temperature.

Excerpted from The Thanksgiving Table: Recipes and Ideas to Create Your Own Holiday Tradition by Diane Morgan. Text copyright © 2001 by Diane Morgan. Photos copyright © 2001 by John A. Rizzo.

Become more interesting every week!

Get our Read Up newsletter

how we use your e-mail

Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram


A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.


Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.


Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”


Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.