This soup is AMAZING!! I tweaked it a bit...but here it is. THANK YOU LaVonne & Arvid for trying something new & sharing it with us.
CREAMED CHAYOTE SOUP - c 1997, M.S. Milliken & S. Feinger, all rights reserved (from Foodnetwork.com)
1-2 strips bacon (2 Pts for 1 piece) OR 2 Tbsp butter (add Points) (I used bacon bits but you are supposed to strain it out later so a strip would be easier for that)
1 medium yellow onion, peeled & diced (I omitted this but used onion salt) (1/2 Pt)
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper (0 Pts)
1 tsp salt (0 Pts)
5 cups chicken broth, vegetable stock or water (1.5 Pts)
2 bay leaves (0 Pts)
1 small potato, peeled & sliced (1.5 Pts)
4 medium chayote, peeled & seeded (these are green, pear-shaped squash-like things) (1 Pt)
1 cup Fat-free half & half (3 Pts) (if you use regular half & half it is 8.5 Pts so 5.5 Pts more in the total recipe)
Lime wedges for garnish
Cook whole bacon strip slowly over low heat in a large soup pot until almost all fat is rendered out, or omit bacon and melt butter. (I used canola oil, be sure to add Pts). Add diced onion, salt & pepper; cook, stirring occasionally until soft, about 5 minutes. Add chicken stock, bay leaves & potato & simmer 20 minutes or until potato slices are soft. Meanwhile, finely chop chayote in a food processor.
Remove & discard bay leaves & bacon & add chopped chayote. Bring to a boil, return to a simmer, and cook (uncovered), until the chayote is soft, about 15 minutes.
Puree in a blender until smooth (do 1/2 batch at a time or it's too much & you may have an accident!!). Strain back into pot, pressing with a ladle to extract all juices. Add cream or half & half. Bring to a boil & remove from heat. Serve immediately with lime wedges.
The whole recipe as I listed is 10 Points, figured on RecipeBuilder on e-tools. Recipe is listed at 6 servings, 1 Pt each! (maybe closer to 1.5 if you only use 6 servings, I thought it was closer to 10 servings at 1 C each. You can measure yours out to be sure but this is approximate)
We had this with salmon, broccoli & bread - it was FANTASTIC!!
cblessum on 12/11/2009