Ginger and Pear Butternut Squash Soup

When it comes to winter produce, squash is where it’s at. This season, I’ve made Roasted Butternut Squash Salad, Roasted Acorn Squash with Mascarpone and Fig Jam, and my favorite: Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Gnocchi.

So when KitchenAid sent me their new 5-Speed Hand Blender to try out, I immediately thought of smoothies, soup, fresh salsa and squash.


As a cook with a smaller kitchen, I love appliances that can do double duty. This blender can do a whole lot more. From chopping nuts to whisking egg whites to blending my morning smoothie, the 5 attachments can tackle nearly every kitchen project. Not to mention, it comes in an adorable carry case that keeps everything together (and yes, only I would use the word adorable to describe anything kitchen related). Other features include:

    • 5 Speeds
    • 5 ft Power Cord
    • 8″ (20.3 cm) Removable Stainless Steel Blending Arm
    • BPA-free Blending Jar Material
    • Blend, Puree, Chop, Shred, Mince Froth/Mix and Whisk/Emulsify/Aerate
    • Clean and Store
    • Easy Clean Up
    • FIRST EVER Removable Pan Guard
    • Hand Blender
    • Industry’s First Interchangeable Stainless Steel Bell Blade Assemblies
    • KitchenAid® Hand Blender
    • KitchenAid® Hand Blender with Accessories
    • Quiet, Powerful DC Motor
    • S Blade
    • Stainless Steel Frother Beater Bell Blade Assembly
    • Stainless Steel Multipurpose Bell Blade Assembly
    • Stainless Steel S Blade Bell Blade Assembly
    • Storage Case
    • The premium stainless steel blending attachment reaches an 8″ immersion depth
    • The stainless steel whisk maximizes air in mixtures for fluffier egg whites and whipped cream
    • Twist Lock Blending Arm
    • 3 speeds provide greater processing control that adjusts to handle a variety of foods, beverages and soups
    • Whisk Attachment
    • 1 Liter Pitcher with Splash-Free Lid
    • 1-Year Hassle Free Warranty
    • 2.5 Cup Chopper
    • DC Motor
    • The stainless steel splashguard covers the blending blade to prevent splattering of ingredients
    • Twist Lock Stainless Steel 8″ (20.3 cm) Blending Arm

To really test this hand blender out, I decided to create a new recipe. I love butternut squash soup, but I wanted to add a twist to it. Instead of adding the typical carrot/onion mixture, I wanted to infuse the soup with flavors of pear, ginger and nutmeg. I was going out on a limb with this one, but I love how it turned out.

One of my favorite features of the hand blender is that it comes with a pan guard so the blades don’t scratch your cookware. I also love the fact that I can control the speed. Our old immersion blender doesn’t even have an “on” button, so this is a major upgrade :)


This soup will definitely make it into my lunch this week (and it’s even DietBet friendly!). Although it’s only been in the teens in Wisconsin with several inches of snow, I vow to make as much soup as a can before spring (which is our neck of the woods means May).


Disclaimer: KitchenAid sent me this hand blender for a review. I was not compensated in any other way and not under any contract to write about it. All opinions are my own.

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