Most of my recipes are variations of other ones I come across that sound interesting to me. More often than not I cannot follow it to the letter and end up tweaking it to my liking. This one came about because I had never had Butternut squash and wanted to try it. I hope that you like as much as I loved creating it.
In heavy 4 qt saucepan or Dutch oven cook bacon over medium heat until thoroughly cooked. Add onions and celery, cook until onions are golden and tender. Add garlic and cook 1 additional minute.
Stir in remaining ingredients and heat to boiling. Reduce heat and cover to simmer for 20-25 minutes or until squash is fork tender.
Remove from heat and let cool. Add soup to blender and blend together. Return soup to another saucepan, cook on medium heat until hot. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
***if you're not a fan of pureed soups then you can remove about 3 cups of the soup, blend it and then mix it back in with the remaining soup for a soup that has a bit more texture to it. My family likes it either way.