Roasted Squash Soup with Maple-Glazed Bananas

Cover recipe-  Food & Wine, February 2009 Roasted Squash Soup with Maple-Glazed Bananas

Cover recipe- Food & Wine
Roasted Squash Soup with Maple-Glazed Bananas: Feb. 2009

You can always count on Food & Wine to share some unique recipes, and this recipe for  Roasted Squash Soup with Maple-Glazed Bananas is definitely not an exception.    I’ve tried plenty good recipes for this fall-themed soup over the years, but this recipe sounded rather interesting to me.  Bananas added to the soup?  I’m all for being adventurous, so I gave it a shot.   Added crème fraîche and cinnamon are mixed into a roasted butternut squash and thinned out with water, resulting in a very thick and creamy, sweet-tasting soup.  The bananas are tossed in maple syrup and pecans and act as a garnish for the soup along with a pinch of greens.  

Read my notes below to see what I thought of this recipe…

Roasted Squash Soup

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Maple- Glazed Bananas

Yield: Serves 8

Prep Time: 35 min

Cook Time: 1 hour 15 min


One 2-pound butternut squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
Kosher salt
1/2 cup pecans
1 banana, scooped into balls with a melon baller or sliced 1/2 inch thick
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 cup water
1/2 cup crème fraîche
Pinch of ground cinnamon
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.


*This soup is much too thick as written, add a bit of water or chicken stock to the recipe to thin it out.
*I used micro-greens in place of watercress sprigs.
*The recipe says it serves 8, but I'd say it comfortably gives 4 dinner guests a nice cup of soup.

Food & Wine: Feb 2009

The results:

It was just what I was hoping it would be… a unique twist on butternut squash soup.  The sweet flavor of the roasted squash worked well with the sweet banana, and the pecans added an unexpected crunch to the soup.  Food & Wine recommends a wine pairing of an off-dry Riesling, such as the vibrant, peachy 2007 Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek (and I agree). If you like a butternut squash soup that is on the sweeter side, this one is for you.  There’s a definite sweet quality to this soup but not overpoweringly so.

Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?

Yes, for its uniqueness and vibrant autumn color.

Lori is the founder of She's a professional recipe developer and food writer, and she's the author of The Recipe Girl Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: April 2013). Beyond food, Lori enjoys traveling, being outdoors, running, and maybe even singing a little karaoke. The mountains near Lake Tahoe are home for Lori and her husband of 18 years. They have an 12 year-old son who blogs at

58 Responses to “Roasted Squash Soup with Maple-Glazed Bananas”

  1. 1

    Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen — October 15, 2009 @ 7:58 am

    Looks delicious! I am not a fan of banana, but I bet in a soup it would take on a whole different flavor!

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    The Hungry Mouse — October 15, 2009 @ 8:05 am

    I’m with Jenn…I’m normally not crazy about bananas, but this looks positively mouthwatering.

    Love the concept for this site! Wish you the best of luck, hon. :D


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    Mandy — October 15, 2009 @ 8:19 am

    I love the idea of this blog! I’ve never thought of bananas in soup, but I think this could be really good!
    Happy cooking,

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    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) — October 15, 2009 @ 8:28 am

    Congratulations on your new site. May we continue to have cooking magazines for many years to come.

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    Judy — October 15, 2009 @ 8:30 am

    Awesome looking soup! Love the picture. great idea for a site. Good luck with it!

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    Peter — October 15, 2009 @ 8:32 am

    Lori, a second site? Congrats and happy cooking! I love butternut sqaush soup.

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    Lana — October 15, 2009 @ 8:33 am

    Beautiful new site and a very interesting blog concept! Best wishes for much success here. Also, the soup doesn’t look bad either :-)

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    Maria — October 15, 2009 @ 8:34 am

    Congrats on your new site. I look forward to following it. The soup looks marvelous. Great fall meal!

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    El — October 15, 2009 @ 8:37 am

    Love the new look- it’s great. Congratulations!

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    Debi (Table Talk) — October 15, 2009 @ 8:40 am

    Clever concept for this blog—It’s the cover photo that entices us in, right? —Will be interesting to see what you find…will the dish prove cover worthy?

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    lisaiscooking — October 15, 2009 @ 8:40 am

    Congratulations on your new site! Interesting soup, and with the crunchy pecans in it sounds delicious.

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    SupperStarter — October 15, 2009 @ 9:02 am

    Wowza! I have butternut squash AND bananas on hand + rainy in Louisiana + leaves beginning to change colors = perfect day for this recipe! Great concept, Lori!

  13. 13

    HoneyB — October 15, 2009 @ 9:07 am

    A great blog idea Lori! I will look forward to more from you here!

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    Gaby — October 15, 2009 @ 9:08 am

    Lori! The site looks great – as does that soup!! This is such a great concept – can’t wait to see whats next!

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    TheRoosterChick — October 15, 2009 @ 9:14 am

    Congrats on the new blog. The dish looks delish.

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    wasabi prime — October 15, 2009 @ 10:46 am

    Beautiful cover and absolutely gorgeous execution on your part. I like your notes at the end; I think that’s why I end up going off-recipe so much, because sometimes the recipes provided don’t always work out 100% of the time, so people have to improvise. The tips are very helpful and help set expectations.

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    The Purple Foodie — October 15, 2009 @ 10:57 am

    I love this concept! All the best with the new blog Lori :D Love it. Can’t wait to see more recipes that have graced the covers of magazines and cookbooks – totally fascinated by the idea!

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    Elle — October 15, 2009 @ 11:25 am

    What a gorgeous soup! And I love this idea for your new blog–very creative. Good luck and much success!

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    Laurie Vengoechea — October 15, 2009 @ 12:14 pm

    Beautiful Photo!! Good luck with your new blog, It looks great.. you must be VERY organized!! :)

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    Joanne Roach — October 15, 2009 @ 12:21 pm

    Hi Lori
    Though I must confess I’m not a fan of bananas in hot food so would prefer to try the soup on its own on this occasion, I think the idea of the blog is brilliant. We so often buy food mags based on what the cover looks like and seeing whether the recipe is really achievable or a bit of glam and gloss is a great idea – nice one!
    Wishing you lots of luck and hope you find some appetising covers!

  21. 21

    Kate @ Savour Fare — October 15, 2009 @ 12:30 pm

    I love the idea of this blog! What a fun exploration!

  22. 22

    Jane Kelly — October 15, 2009 @ 2:52 pm

    This is a great idea and congrats on the first gorgeous post. Eat Your Boosk will definitely link to your pages when you do cookbook covers.

  23. 23

    Dragon — October 15, 2009 @ 3:29 pm

    Congratulations on the new blog! Love the concept. Your photography is stunning.

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    marye — October 15, 2009 @ 6:47 pm

    what a great concept for a blog! I love this…and the soup looks great.

  25. 25

    lk — October 15, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

    love the new blog, Lori! What a fun idea!!

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    The Italian Dish — October 15, 2009 @ 7:46 pm

    Well, Lori, this will be interesting to follow you in your cover cooking! Great post – beautiful photograph.

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    megan — October 15, 2009 @ 9:37 pm

    What a fun concept. This soup looks tasty. Anyway you slice it, I love butternut squash.

    Thanks for the wine recommendation. I was looking for a good wine to pair with butternut soup! :) I’ll look for this one.

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    VeggieGirl — October 16, 2009 @ 5:08 am

    Your new site?? LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!! :-D

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    Phoo-D — October 16, 2009 @ 5:42 am

    What a great new venture Lori! I love the concept and look forward to following along!

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    art and lemons — October 16, 2009 @ 6:29 am

    Love the covers idea and this savory sweet twist on an all time fave, butternut squash soup.

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    Susan at SGCC — October 16, 2009 @ 7:48 am

    Congrats of the new site! I don’t know how you do it. I can barely keep up with my one!

    The soup looks beautiful! A definite “must try”!

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    Gina — October 16, 2009 @ 8:02 am

    Love butternut squash soup, and that riesling that you have by the side of it!
    much success and thanks for the yummy recipes!

  33. 33

    Nick — October 16, 2009 @ 8:37 am

    I forgot about this one! Saw it a while ago and wanted to try it. Perfect!

  34. 34

    Tracy — October 16, 2009 @ 8:48 am

    Great first recipe and beautiful photography.

  35. 35

    Michelle — October 16, 2009 @ 9:40 am

    Love this idea, and what a great new blog!

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    Barbara — October 16, 2009 @ 9:44 am

    Great idea for a new blog! Congratulations and here’s hoping you have fun with it! Can’t wait to see what else you’ll do.

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    Gera @ SweetsFoods — October 16, 2009 @ 3:46 pm

    Congrats for your new blog Lori!! You’ll make the day of 48 hours for both blogs ;-)
    The soup with these bananas sound very interesting flavor to explore!



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    Jennifer — October 16, 2009 @ 3:51 pm

    Looks divine!

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    s. stockwell — October 16, 2009 @ 4:41 pm

    Congratulations!! Best from Montecito, CA

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    Muse in the Kitchen — October 16, 2009 @ 5:04 pm

    We’ve had butternut squash and pear soup, but not bananas – this one sounds gorgeous! ~ Belle

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    Terri A. — October 16, 2009 @ 7:03 pm

    What a fun idea! I can’t wait to see all you come up with, although I’m a little afraid about the cookbooks and that I may want ones that you review! Congratulations!

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    chocolate shavings — October 16, 2009 @ 9:03 pm

    That photo is absolutely stunning

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    Amanda — October 17, 2009 @ 4:37 am

    Looks great Lori, looking forward to seeing more!

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    Eliana — October 17, 2009 @ 8:22 am

    What a great concept for a blog. Can’t wait to read more!

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    Nicisme — October 17, 2009 @ 8:57 am

    Lovely concept, will enjoy reading more!

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    Charles — October 17, 2009 @ 10:23 am

    Congratulations Lori, great photography and concept. Have you thought about featuring all 71 years of Gourmet covers? Daunting, I’m sure. Best wishes.

    • Lori Lange replied: — October 17th, 2009 @ 11:56 am

      Charles- Holy Smokes, that would be a fun project. Surely someone is doing that, right? I’ll include a few, but I don’t wish to stick with Gourmet only… there are too many cookbooks and other cooking magazines to drool over!

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    Louise — October 17, 2009 @ 7:33 pm

    Oh My Goodness What a fabulous idea!!! I LOVE IT!!! I’m adding this link to my blogroll right now!!! Feel free to experiment with any of the cookbook covers I’ve posted about. So very cool, Lori. Wishing you all the best and Have FUN!!!

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    Marie — October 17, 2009 @ 7:34 pm

    Hey Lori, congrats on your new blog! The photo is stunning! I’ll put you in my reader!

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    Katrina — October 17, 2009 @ 10:02 pm

    What a great idea for a new blog, Lori! Love it and can’t wait to see more.

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    RobinSue — October 18, 2009 @ 7:29 am

    Lori this is a grand idea but I have to say your photo of the soup is far more beautiful than their cover. Just lovely! I can’t wait to see which magazine you will do next.

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    Joy — October 18, 2009 @ 7:32 am

    I LOVE your new blog’s concept. Brilliant!

    Now about that soup…I never would have thought of squash and bananas together, and now I’m so intrigued by it. I’ll have to try this sometime. :)

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    Leanan — October 18, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

    What a fantastic soup……..and a gorgeous pic to accompany. Your idea for this blog is unique and very pleasing…..Namaste,

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    Unplanned Cooking — October 18, 2009 @ 6:23 pm

    Hi! I actually made butternut squash soup for lunch today. It was okay, nothing great–it was creamy but sort of neutral in flavor. I added nutmeg and cinnamon but it was still bland. I’ll try dropping a banana in tomorrow when I re-heat it for lunch. And I love pecans! I always enjoy an unexpected texture with my soup–you know, something crunchy like bacon or pecans. And I just happen to have some pecans in my pantry for tomorrow ;).

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    Gina — October 21, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

    Good luck with your new blog! What a great concept and gorgeous photo!!!

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    Jess — November 3, 2009 @ 10:46 am

    I came across your blog through recipegirl, and am so excited to find new recipes to try!! Keep up the good work :)

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    Bellini Valli — November 16, 2009 @ 5:27 am

    It has been fun browsing through all these delicious cover recipes. There are several I have wanted to try myself!!! Great job!!!!

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    deb — March 22, 2010 @ 9:32 am

    We made this soup for a wine-pairing dinner and the ladies all said that it was “orgasmic”!

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