Fall Soup Recipe-Kabocha Squash (pumpkin) Soup with Sausage and Collard Greens

Soup, kabocha squash, pumpkin, collard greens, sausage, bacon chicken broth
Perfect for fall, this soup is a one pot meal. Kabocha squash, collard greens sausage and bacon in a rich chicken broth


I was browsing one of my favorite blogs, British Blokes Cooking,  when I came across a great looking recipe for Milton’s sausage and potato soup.  I guess I shouldn’t read food blogs on an empty stomach because I got REALLY HUNGRY!   Now, here’s the thing, I can never follow a recipe…NEVER (almost never).  I get inspired by them but then I take off in a completely different direction.  In a nod to my Southern roots I used collard greens instead of the kale that was in the recipe.  I went to the market and saw some beautiful Kabocha squash that I absolutely could not resist.  I had some smoked sausage and some of my homemade bacon in the fridge and I omitted the cream altogether.   This soup was FANTASTIC!!   The broth was smokey and slightly spicy from the bacon and sausage and a little sweet from the squash.

So here it is, my kabocha squash and collard green soup recipe, I hope you try it or are inspired by it.   Either way I’d like to hear about what you cooked and how you change things up.

kabocha squash, squash, pumpkin, collard greens
Kabocha squash and collard greens. If you can’t find a kabocha squash you can substitute butternut or acorn squash or a pie pumpkin.  Kabocha squash is referred to as Japanese pumpkin, it’s orange flesh (rich in beta carotene) is sweeter than acorn or butternut squash
Saute chopped onions and collared greens in rendered bacon fat.  Add smoked sausage, kabocha squash and chicken broth
Saute chopped onions and collared greens in rendered bacon fat. Add smoked sausage, kabocha squash and chicken broth

Kabocha squash and Collard Greens Soup

4 ounces of diced bacon1 small onion diced (about ½ cup)1 bunch of collard greens washed and julienned ( about 15 ounces)1- 12 ounce package of smoked sausage sliced

1 small kabocha squash (about 1 pound) cut into 3/4 inch cubes (substitute butternut or acorn squash or pie pumpkin)

3 cups of chicken broth

Cook diced bacon over medium heat to render the fat from the bacon.  Remove the bacon and save, keep the bacon fat in the pot.Add onion into the bacon fat and sauté until translucent for about 4 minutes. Add collard greens into the pot and stir around to wilt greens a bit.Add sausage, kabocha squash and chicken broth.  Simmer on medium-low for about 20 minutes or until squash is tender.You could also bring the soup to a simmer then put it in the oven and let it cook, covered, gently at 300 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until squash is tenderTop soup with reserved bacon, serve and enjoy

6 Delicious Thanksgiving Food Gifts-Holiday gift guide

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to gather with the ones you love, but there are always cherished friends and family that we won’t have the chance to visit.  What better way to let them know that you’re thinking of them at holiday time than with a delicious gift of food.  While it’s always nice to send a homemade gift, sometimes it’s just not convenient. So here’s my Thanksgiving gift guide for some great treats to send.

salami, cheese, appetizers,
Need a nibble for your guests while the turkey is in the oven? Serve a little salami and cheese and your loved ones will be happy…and quiet
fruit, nuts, cheese, gift basket, Thanksgiving, holiday gift
For a healthy treat before dinner send a basket of fresh fruit, nuts and cheese. Save some fruit for dessert, too.
Thanksgiving, turkey, dinner, holiday
Last Thanksgiving we sent half a smoked turkey to my in laws. They enjoy spending the holiday together and half a small turkey is the perfect size for the two of them, with a bit left over.
smoked turkey, Thanksgiving, Delicious
Smoked turkey tenderloin makes a great addition to the Thanksgiving dinner table.
pumpkin, pumpkin cake, dessert, Thanksgiving, holiday
For a sweet ending to a great Thanksgiving meal what would be better than a pumpkin cake?
apple pie, dessert, Thanksgiving, holiday, dinner
So you say you don’t like pumpkin? Send an apple pie for Thanksgiving dessert.


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