Butternut squash isn’t typically a go-to vegetable in my cooking routine. But I couldn’t help but pick up a delicious golden orb during a recent trip to the farmers market. I also happened to have a rather large bin full of apples after that unforgettable impulsive purchase at an orchard last weekend.
I found this soup to have a more pronounced apple flavor and sweetness than the usual butternut squash recipes out there. That’s why I decided to list the apple first in the title. Perhaps the sweetness will be a welcomed treat for the kids (or big kids) in your family. For me, it was a warm and hearty feast of fall flavors. It’s even better reheated the next day.
Roasted Apple & Butternut Squash Soup
1 ½ lbs. (1 large) butternut squash, peeled & seeded
1 large granny smith apple, peeled & cored
½ large red onion
1 Tbl. mild curry powder
1 cup water
1 cup apple cider
salt & pepper
Preheat the oven 425 degrees. Dice the squash, apple and onion into 1 inch cubes. Evenly distribute the cubed ingredients onto a sheet pan. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast at 425 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes or until tender.
Scoop the roasted mixture and any juices into a large stock pot with the curry powder, water and cider. Pulse the mixture with an immersion blender until desired texture is achieved. Try to avoid over blending. If it’s like baby food, then you’ve over blended. You might need to add more water if the mixture is too thick. Cook the soup over medium heat for 10 minutes to allow the flavors blend and is the desired temperature to serve. Season with salt and pepper. Makes roughly 4 cups of soup.
Authors Note: If you don’t own an immersion blender, ladle the vegetables and water into a food processor in two batches. Pulse each batch until smooth and pour it into the stock pot. Continue with the rest of the directions.