This soup is perfect for a fall day. From Food Network Magazine, October 2012, p 102.



  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.

  2. Add the sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl with a slotted spoon.

  3. Add the squash, carrots, celery, onion, broth, 2½ cups water and ¾ teaspoon salt to the pot. Cover and bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and continue simmering until the vegetables are tender, about 15 more minutes.

  4. Puree the soup in a blender in batches, then return to the pot along with the sausage. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm.

  5. Heat the remaining ½ cup olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. When oil if very hot, add the sage leaves in batches and fry, turning, until dark green and crisp, about 1 minute. Remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

  6. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and top with the fried sage.