- Melt butter in a pot over medium-low heat. Add onions and a large pinch of salt. Cook and stir until onions have softened but not taken on any color, about 10 or 15 minutes.
- Cut off ends of squash. Carefully cut squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Peel the squash with a vegetable peeler. Cut into chunks.
- Raise heat under pot to medium-high. Stir in tomato paste; cook and stir until mixture begins to caramelize and turn brown, about 2 minutes. Add squash, chicken broth, 1 teaspoon salt, and cayenne pepper. Bring to a simmer; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until squash is very tender, 15 to 25 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Blend with an immersion blender until very smooth. Stir in cream and maple syrup; add more salt if needed.
- Ladle into serving bowls. Garnish with a swirl of cream, and a sprinkle of chives and pomegranate seeds.
% Daily Value *
Total Fat: 21 %
Cholesterol: 15 %
Sodium: 42 %
Potassium: 18 %
Total Carbohydrates: 9 %
Dietary Fiber: 15 %
Protein: 6 %