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Butternut Squash Soup

1 lb. bulk Italian sausage

1 large onion, chopped

1 red pepper, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 (about 5 lbs.) large butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces

1 (16 oz.) package frozen corn, divided

4 cups water

1 Tbsp. chicken base

2 (15.5 oz.) cans great northern beans, rinsed and drained

2 cans (14.5 oz. each) diced tomatoes, undrained

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Heavy cream and minced fresh parsley, for garnish

In a stockpot, cook sausage, onion, red pepper and celery over medium heat for 9 to 11 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink and onion is tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Remove with a slotted spoon; discard drippings.

Add squash, 1 1/2 cups corn, water and chicken base to same pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 15 to 20 minutes or until squash is tender.

Remove soup from heat; cool slightly. Process with a hand blender until smooth. Add beans, tomatoes, salt, pepper, sausage mixture and remaining corn; heat through. If desired, drizzle servings with cream and sprinkle with parsley.

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