For a flavor twist, stir in 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, chopped fresh thyme or curry powder.
Purchase peeled, precut butternut squash in the produce aisle of your favorite grocery store.
Sprinkle a little cayenne pepper over top of the soup as a garnish, if desired.
When blending hot liquids, it is very important that you not seal the blender, or you could risk it exploding. Remove the center portion of the blender lid, and loosely cover with a kitchen towel instead.
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