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Grilling: Butternut Squash Soup with Sweet Italian Sausage

The slow march into winter has brought the ultimate cold weather comfort food back into my daily life: soup. During the few lingering pleasant days, I wanted to take soup to the grill, but most recipes I came across were clearly summer varieties. Luckily a recent success in grilling acorn squash got me in the mood for butternut squash soup, which I realized could be easily adapted on the grill.

The heat of the grill really brings out the natural sweetness of vegetables, making it my favorite way to cook them. The butternut squash was no different; it caramelized beautifully after 15 minutes over direct heat, and became perfectly tender after another half hour over indirect heat. The rest of the soup was made fairly standard, but the grilled squash added a deeper flavor and some smokiness to the sweet, earthy soup, which provided pure comfort in each spoonful.

About the author: Joshua Bousel blogs about grilling on his blog, The Meatwave, and appears weekly here on Serious Eats during grilling season.

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