Butternut Squash Apple Soup

Simple and easy butternut squash soup! A tart green apple adds just the right balance for the squash.

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It’s the season for butternut squash! The workhorse of the winter squashes, butternut squash is perfect for cooking up into a hearty soup, so welcome when the cold weather arrives.

Butternut squash can be a challenge to cut raw (see our easy how-to here), it’s so much meatier than mostly hollow pumpkins. But these days you can easily find pre-cut squash at the market.

My favorite trick for a memorable butternut squash soup is to include a chopped tart green apple with the squash. The tartness of the apple enlivens the squash and balances its natural sweetness.

This recipe is simple and easy, starting with a base of chopped onions, celery, and carrots, you add the squash, the chopped apple, stock, and seasonings, and cook until done.

A little blender magic a the end and you have a beautifully puréed, thick, smooth and satisfying fall soup.

Check out this quick little video we made on how to make this butternut squash apple soup!

Butternut Squash Apple Soup Recipe

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  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6

If you finely chop (1/2-inch) the butternut squash, apple, carrot, celery, and onion, they'll cook more quickly.

Add a smoky flavor to the soup by sprinkling in some smoked paprika. Make the soup a little more creamy by swirling in some sour cream (after you remove the soup from heat).

Butternut squashes come in various sizes. Your ratio of chopped butternut squash to chopped apple should be 3 to 1.

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 (see How to Peel and Cut a Butternut Squash)
  • 1 tart green apple, 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

Method

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.

Garnish with chopped fresh parsley or chives.

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Links:

Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon - from Hunter Angler Gardener Cook

Buttermilk Summer Squash Soup - from 101 Cookbooks

Carrot and Squash Curry Soup - from the Pioneer Woman

Butternut Squash Apple Soup

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  • Lisa P

    I just made this and it is fantastic and easy! This will be in potluck repertoire from now on, and on my own regular menu at home. You can season it as you please which is perfect. And there’s no added sugar. If you are on a Whole30 regimen, this totally follows that if you use vegetable broth and a non-butter product to saute the veggies.

  • Pattyannep

    Followed directions to the t. The apple gives it a lovely sweetness that enhances the nutmeg and cinnamon. Thank you!!

  • Hali

    Awesome recipe, thank you. I used about a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger to replace the spicy from cayenne and garlic; kept the nutmeg and cinnamon; added one chopped red pepper for color from the beginning, rather than paprika. Smells and tastes awesome. If you make it a bit more watery (use 20% more chicken broth or whatever base you prefer), it holds well for next day or freezing.

  • Hilma Kaye

    I wondered if this soup could be made ahead and frozen?

  • Sina Nowak

    I substituted 2 cloves of garlic for the celery and a pinch of ground ginger for the nutmeg…it was delicious!

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