Another Happy #MeatlessMonday to you! If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know two things. 1) I love making soup, and 2) I love cooking with butternut squash.
I was looking for a different taste than my usual favorite butternut squash soup recipe … something not as garlic-ky … so I started experimenting. I had a few granny smith apples in the fruit bowl, and I felt like the tart apple flavor would be really nice with the butternut squash.
I was right! After I made it, I felt like this Butternut Squash Soup with Granny Smith Apples was the best of any soup I’d ever made! Not bad for an experiment. I highly recommend giving this a try. It was super easy to make, not a huge time commitment, and like I said … it tasted REALLY good!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 pounds whole butternut squash (1 medium-sized squash), seeds removed and cut into 2-3 inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 medium Granny Smith apple
- 1/2 medium yellow onion
- 1/2 teaspoon sage powder
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- 1/4 cups water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel the skin off of a medium-sized butternut squash. Cut into 2-3 inch pieces and add to a roasting pan. Add olive oil and water to roasting pan and toss with the squash, coating well. Roast for about 50 minutes or until squash is tender.
- While the squash is roasting, peel and core the apple and cut into a medium dice. Cut the onion into medium dice. Melt the butter Dutch oven or small stock pot over medium heat. Add the apple, onion, and sage. Season with salt and pepper, and cook until soft (7 – 10 minutes) stirring every couple of minutes so it does not stick. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
- When the squash is done, remove from oven and add the apple/onion mixture as well as the fresh grated ginger to the roasting pan.
- Add about one cup of the squash apple mixture to a blender with one cup of the vegetable stock. Puree until smooth and put back into your dutch oven/stock pot. Repeat until all of the squash has been pureed with the remaining vegetable broth. If you desire a thinner consistency, you can add a little water to the puree.
- Simmer until the flavors meld, about 15 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Enjoy!
Question: Do you have a favorite butternut squash soup recipe? If you do, please add your link in the comments below!