Adapted from a recipe by Clare Osdene Schapiro, which she adapted from Gourmet Magazine
Makes 8 to 10 main course servings.
2 large cloves garlic
2 T olive oil (divided)
1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut up into cubes. About 4 cups.
8 C veggie stock
2 cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 C finely shredded green cabbage
1 – 28 oz can of San Marzano tomatoes, including liquid. I actually found this type of tomato in Muir Glen brand. Very surprising.
1 T finely shopped fresh sage (optional)
1/2 C raw pumpkin seeds
Coarsely grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese, plus more for topping
Freshly ground black pepper
Add more Salt if desired
In large, really large, soup pot, over moderate heat, cook garlic in 1 T oil, stir frequently
Do Not let burn.
Once garlic is golden brown, add the squash, stock, beans, cabbage, tomatoes and liquid, and sage. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until squash is tender, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small skillet, over moderately low heat cook the pumpkin seeds in the remaining 1 T oil, stirring constantly, until seeds are puffed and lightly toasted, about 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl lined with a paper towel and season with sea salt.
Mash some of the squash against the sides of the pot (or as we did, use an immersion blender and blend a bit) to thicken the soup. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 C of cheese, salt and pepper to taste. We forgot to stir in the cheese and added it on top at the table.
Place in individual bowls, sprinkle with toasted pumpkin seeds and serve immediately.
This soup can be made up to 3 days ahead and kept, covered, in the refrigerator, the recipe stated. We ended up with three jars to keep for additional lunch or dinner meals. This soup is really delicious and filling.
Sorry for the “breaks” in the list of ingredients. I don’t know how that happened and I couldn’t change it.