French Fridays with Dorie: Spiced squash, fennel, and pear soup

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe is yet another example of why I love Dorie Greenspan’s Around my French Table.

It’s a a wonderfully complex soup in flavour yet one that is so easy to make. It fills the house with the wonderful fall aromas of roasted squash, fennel and spices – ginger, cumin and nutmeg.  It takes just under an hour from start to finish (I used pre-diced cubes of squash so they hardly took any time to roast) and is a wonderful combination of sweet (from the pears and the orange peel – though I used zest as well as the fragrant sweetness of fennel) and savoury, from the squash.

A bowl of goodness on a cool autumn day.  Another dish I’ll be adding to my cool weather repertoire – thanks Dorie!

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33 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: Spiced squash, fennel, and pear soup

  1. Cher November 11, 2011 at 06:15 #

    This was delightfully simple, wasn’t it?
    And apparently, I have not reached my squash tolerance yet, because I was still fairly excited about this one 🙂
    Have a great weekend.

  2. Kiri W. November 11, 2011 at 08:39 #

    I love fennel, but never had it with pear – I am intrigued! 🙂

  3. Maya November 11, 2011 at 09:32 #

    The orange color of your soup really stood out against the blue bowl and accessories. At best, I can only describe mine as being murky beige…but it did taste rather lovely though!

  4. Elaine November 11, 2011 at 11:54 #

    What a great idea to use pre-cut squash for the soup. I made this after work and didn’t realize it would take so long because of peeling, cutting, and roasting the squash. I also loved the aroma of the soup while it was simmering. Your soup looks wonderful and your presentation is so pretty.

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite November 14, 2011 at 16:41 #

      Yes I have made that mistake before and ended up eating dinner at 10pm !! Live and learn!

  5. Tricia S. November 11, 2011 at 12:16 #

    Great job ! Funny how even if a recipe falls flat on a FFWD- my family is now convinced that it is due to THEIR tastebuds since they trust Dorie so much 🙂 She has knocked it out of the park one time to many for us to doubt. While this will not be a repeat as is for our tastebuds….Nana and I are excited to use the simple technique to make some different soups. The texture was fabulous ~

  6. Rose November 11, 2011 at 12:16 #

    I did not have pre-cut squash, but I did peel and chop mine up into cubes before roasting it in order to shorten the time. Whether or not this shortened the overall process or not, I have no idea. But the soup was awfully tasty in the end and that’s what matters.

  7. Dessert By Candy November 11, 2011 at 14:00 #

    Oooo the fennel frond looks so delicate! Agree that this soup is quick to make. I got mine done and photographed before work!

  8. Sarah, Maison Cupcake November 11, 2011 at 15:13 #

    I’d never have put these together but it sounds marvellous. I do get a bit lazy with my squash sometimes buying cubes in bags when I can’t face cutting it up but it’s five times the price here.

  9. Cucina49 November 11, 2011 at 16:54 #

    This looks great–and you can see that it has a fabulous silky texture.

  10. Paula November 11, 2011 at 17:39 #

    Beautiful photograph of a wonderful sounding soup. Great idea to pre-cube the squash before roasting Mardi.

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite November 14, 2011 at 16:40 #

      Yes it really cuts down the time it takes to make and means you can do this one after work!

  11. Liz November 11, 2011 at 21:06 #

    I was actually quite happy when Bill wasn’t all that impressed…I happily ate the leftovers for the next 3 days! Yours is so pretty~

  12. The Newlywed Chefs November 11, 2011 at 22:15 #

    Mmmm soup is hard to photograph! Nice job!

  13. Steph I November 12, 2011 at 12:05 #

    A definite winner and yours looks great in those beautiful blue bowls. Lovely!

  14. Helene November 12, 2011 at 18:07 #

    I love fennel and it turns boring dishes into tasty dishes. I just got this cookbook and should start cooking from it.

  15. penny aka jeroxie November 13, 2011 at 05:33 #

    this is actually one of my go to comfort soup… 🙂

  16. 50+ and on the Run November 13, 2011 at 21:31 #

    Oh, this sounds wonderful! Thank you.

  17. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction November 15, 2011 at 22:18 #

    Beautiful soup… The flavors sound amazing!

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