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Local Chef: Jon Vaast

What better excuse than Thanksgiving to swap recipes? This one for roasted pumpkin and squash soup by Executive Chef Jon Vaast of The Dressing Room , comes to you courtesy of the festive foodies over at CTBites . They thought this recipe was simply too good not to share.

Roasted Pumpkin and Squash Soup by Executive Chef Jon Vaast of The Dressing Room

Serves 8

1 medium pumpkin

2 butternut squash

1 Spanish onion

2 quarts vegetable stock

1 cup cream

1 cup whole milk

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cayenne

Salt and pepper

For garnish:

2 leeks

2 honey crisp apples

1 ounce brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Split pumpkins and squash, remove seeds rinse and toast in the oven, seeds should take 10-15 minutes, lightly salt when ready.

Roast pumpkins and squash face down with a touch of oil and salt for 40 minutes or until tender once cook remove skin. In a large pot sweat onions until tender, add pumpkin and squash to pot, veg stock, cream, milk, bring to a boil.

Using your blender purée the soup then season with nutmeg, cayenne, salt and pepper

For garnish:

Clean the leeks by removing the stem, and top part (where it turns green) cut in half length wise, then in half again length wise, thinly slice the leeks and place into a small bowl of cold water, agitate and allow to sit for a few minutes to remove the dirt. Strain leeks with your hand leaving the dirty water behind, dry on a paper toweleel and small dice the apples, in a medium sauté pan sweat the leeks, once tender add apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, touch of salt. Continue to cook for 1-2 minutes

To plate, place 8 ounces of soup in a bowl with a generous scoop of apples in the middle, sprinkled with toasted pumpkin seeds.

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