Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu November 26, 2015
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Every spoonful of this butternut squash soup looks and tastes incredibly rich, velvety and creamy without a trace of cream.

Start the Thanksgiving feast with a delicious, healthy soup

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Time and time again, I hear home cooks saying something along the lines of, “I forgot all about my Thanksgiving dinner first course!” Fortunately, I have a perfect solution in the form of what may be my all-time-favorite soup — one that guests in my restaurants ask for again and again: butternut squash soup. And once you’ve looked over the following recipe, you will probably be surprised to see that it’s incredibly easy to make. This version is easy, thanks to an automatic electric pressure cooker, an appliance more and more home cooks keep on hand. Unlike the stovetop pres... READ MORE

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