Roasted Squash Soup with Maple-Glazed Bananas

Serving Size: 8
Total Time:


  • 1 2-pound butternut squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • kosher salt
  • 0.5 cup pecan
  • 1 banana, scooped into balls with a melon baller or sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 crème fraîche
  • pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 8 8 small watercress sprigs


1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Butter a medium baking dish. Season the squash with salt and set it cut side down in the baking dish. Bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes, until the squash is very tender. Let cool slightly.

2. Meanwhile, spread the pecans in a pie plate and toast for about 7 minutes, or until fragrant. Let cool, then coarsely chop and transfer to a medium bowl. Add the banana and maple syrup and stir to coat.

3. Peel the squash. In a blender, puree the squash, water, crème fraîche and cinna- mon until very smooth. Transfer to a medium saucepan and warm over low heat. Ladle the soup into bowls, garnish with the banana-nut topping and watercress and serve hot or at room temperature.