Ellie Krieger's Butternut Squash Soup: Recipe

02/23/2013 at 01:10 PM EST

Recipe: Ellie Krieger's Butternut Squash Soup
Ellie Krieger's winter soup
Andrew Purcell; Inset: Getty
Spring may be around the corner, but for many, it's still mighty cold outside.

So cookbook author and Cooking Channel host Ellie Krieger is sharing this warming winter soup with PEOPLE. "This bowl of goodness is satisfying and simple to make," she tells PEOPLE.

An updated version of Ellie Krieger's book Small Changes, Big Results is in stores now.

Butternut Squash Soup
Serves 4

• 1 tbsp. olive oil
• 1 medium onion, chopped
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• ¼ tsp. ground allspice
• ¼ tsp. ground ginger
• 4 cups cubed butternut or other winter squash, fresh or frozen
• 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth • ¾ tsp. salt • 1 tbsp. maple syrup • 4 tsp. plain low-fat yogurt for garnish (optional)

1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a 6-quart stockpot. Add the onion and cook until soft but not brown, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic, allspice and ginger, and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute more.

2. Add the squash, broth and salt, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until squash is tender and the broth is slightly reduced, about 15 minutes for fresh squash and 5 minutes for frozen. Remove from heat and stir in maple syrup. Allow soup to cool slightly, then puree in a blender until smooth.

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