Need a heartwarming dish to keep you cozy during the holidays? Here's a perfect soup for you to cook up for those holiday memories, courtesy of chef Candice Kumai.

Acorn Squash + Pasta Soup

Ingredients:
2 medium acorn squash (about 1 1/2 pounds each), split, peeled, seeded and quartered
2 tbsp. butter 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
1 cup grated carrot
1 1/2 tsp. brown sugar
3/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
8 oz. Small Shells (or your favorite small pasta shape), uncooked
Topping (optional): 2/3 Cup Greek yogurt

Directions:
Cook squash in one inch of water in covered saucepan for 15 minutes, or until tender. Remove squash and allow to cool. Place squash back in pot. Add margarine, onion, carrots, sugar, mace, ginger and cinnamon. Cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook until vegetables are tender.

Add 3 cups of the broth to pot and puree all in a blender or food processor (or using a handheld blender). Return to the pot and add remaining three cups of broth. Bring to a boil and add pasta. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes, or until pasta is done. Put dollop of sour cream on top of each bowl of soup. Serve hot.

NOTE: If soup is too thick, thin with additional chicken broth.

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Makes 5 servings. Per serving: 395 calories, 5.5 g total fat, <1 g saturated fat, 74 g carbohydrate, 13 g protein, 1 g dietary fiber, 764mg sodium.