Curried Red Pepper-Squash Bisque

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Although true bisque is based on shellfish, such as lobster, crayfish and other crustaceans, this creamy soup rivals the genuine article in richness and flavor.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon mild curry
1 pound red bell peppers, seeded, cut in large dice
1 pound acorn squash, peeled and seeded, cut into large dice
2 medium potatoes cut into large dice
6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
½ cup half and half or milk
Salt to taste
Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large, heavy soup pot.
Add onions and garlic; cook for 5 minutes
Add curry powder, cook another 5 minutes
Add peppers, squash and potatoes and coat with onion mixture
Add stock and simmer over low heat for 1 hour.
Blend soup with an immersion blender or put through a food mill
Heat through and adjust consistency with additional stock if needed
Adjust seasoning and add half and half or milk.
Serves six to eight