Some people are crazy about butternut squash...I'm not. Neither is my husband...he doesn't believe that sweet and savory belong together. However...this butternut squash soup belies both of our tastes, and is one of our favorite cold-weather meals. It's thick, creamy, a little sweet, and a lot delicious! I haven't tried very many Pioneer Woman recipes, but this is definitely a keeper, and has become one of my staple dishes for the fall and the winter. And the little swirly topping brings out the artist in me...AKA the child that never listened to "don't play with your food" : P.
Also...SAVE THE SEEDS! I used to toss them down the drain, but the last time I made it I saved the seeds, tossed them in some oil & salt and toasted them until they started jumping around like popcorn...sprinkling them on top of the soup adds fabulous texture and nuttiness. So good!