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Bean and Butternut Squash Soup

1 pound dried Great Northern beans
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 large bay leaves
2 quarts water
2 cubes chicken bouillon
2 pounds butternut squash - peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks
2 cups chopped carrots
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 (12 ounce) package pre-cooked chicken sausage, cut into bite-size pieces


Place Great Northern beans into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let stand 8 hours to overnight. Drain. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat; cook and stir onion and garlic in the hot oil until onion is translucent, 5 to 10 minutes. Add bay leaves and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Mix beans, water, and bouillon into onion mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover pot, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until beans are tender, about 1 hour. Stir squash, carrots, celery, salt, black pepper, white pepper, ginger, and allspice into broth mixture; simmer until squash and carrots are tender, about 20 minutes. Remove bay leaves from broth mixture and discard. Scoop 2 to 3 cups of vegetable-bean mixture using a slotted spoon from broth; blend broth and remaining vegetable-bean mixture using a hand blender until smooth. Return the vegetable-bean mixture to broth mixture and stir in sausage. Simmer soup until sausage is cooked through, 5 to 10 more minutes.

Source: allrecipes.com