• 2 small or 1 large acorn squash
  • 1 tbsp butter, vegans use olive oil
  • 1 about 1 cup large leek, light green and white part only
  • 4 cups fat free, low sodium chicken broth or vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Cut acorn squash in half and bake until tender, about 40 – 45 minutes. Remove from the oven.
  • Meanwhile, discard dark green part of the leek. Leeks usually tend to be sandy, so I like to clean them well by separating the layers and washing them well under cold water. Chop leeks and sauté in a large pot with butter or oil over medium low heat until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • When squash is cool enough to handle, scoop out seeds and discard. Scoop out the flesh from the skin and add to the pot with leeks.
  • Add about 2/3 of the chicken stock to the pot; stir well and simmer about 5 minutes. Using an immersion blender or a regular blender, blend soup until smooth. Add remaining broth and simmer a few more minutes. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with pepitas and chopped chives.

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