Versatile caramelized onion and squash bisque can be made as a vegan dish, or not. A half dozen toppings are suggested on the following page.

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There is something so perfectly satisfying about a bowl of warm squash bisque on a cool fall evening. And it’s easily doctored in so many ways.

Using that blend of versatility and comfort as our inspiration, we created a fast and easy squash bisque that becomes a base for whatever autumn flavors you are craving. You could keep it basic and simply top this bisque with a dollop of sour cream. But we also suggest various toppings, including shrimp, bacon and pulled pork.

Make it vegan by substituting vegetable broth for the chicken broth and almond or soy creamer for the heavy cream.