Curried Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

butternutsquashandapplesoup

This soup reminds me of my mother. She discovered a version of it many years ago after taking a trip to Mirival Resort and Spa in Arizona. I first tasted her version around that time and have since put my own creative spin on it. The flavors of butternut squash and apple go so well together, but I like them even better when matched with a bit of curry powder, tangy lemon juice and Greek yogurt for garnish. 

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Servings: 6 

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 4 1/2 cups peeled and diced butternut squash (from about a 3 lb whole squash)
  • 1 large fuji apple, chopped 
  • 5 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Fresh cilantro and Greek yogurt, for garnish

Method

  1. Heat olive oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add onions and carrots and sweat until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir often to prevent browning.
  2. Add garlic, thyme, curry powder and cayenne. Sauté until very fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add butternut squash and apple. Toss to coat with herbs and spices, sauté for about 1 minute. 
  4. Add the vegetable broth, sea salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover the pot and cook for 30 minutes, until the squash is tender and cooked. 
  5. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until very smooth. Add lemon juice; stir to combine. 
  6. Taste soup and adjust seasonings or thickness, as needed. 
  7. Ladle into bowls and top each serving with fresh cilantro and Greek yogurt.

Recipe developed by: Chef Ashley R. Van Cise, RDN, LD