Butternut Squash Apple Soup

Ingredients

1 medium yellow onion, chopped (about 1 cup)

1 celery rib, chopped (about 3/4 cup)

1 carrot, chopped (about 3/4 cup)

2 Tbsp butter

1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped (6 to 8 cups), seeds discarded

1 tart green apple (or whatever apple you wish to use), peeled, cored, chopped (squash and apple ratio should be 3:1)

3 cups chicken stock or broth (use vegetable broth if cooking vegetarian)

1 cup water

Pinches of nutmeg, cinnamon, cayenne, salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Sauté onion, carrot, celery in butter: Heat a large thick-bottomed pot on medium-high heat. Melt the butter in the pot and let it foam up and recede. Add the onion, carrot, and celery and sauté for 5 minutes. Lower the heat if the vegetables begin to brown.

  2. Add squash, apple, broth, water, then simmer: Add the butternut squash, apple, broth and water. Bring to boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes or so, until the squash and carrots have softened.

  3. Purée the soup: Use an immersion blender to purée the soup, or work in batches and purée the soup in a standing blender.

  4. Season with nutmeg, cinnamon, cayenne, salt, pepper: Add pinches of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cayenne. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley or chives.

Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes
Cook Time: 45 mins