I hope you bought a butternut squash because you’re going to want to try this soup!

This soup is so full of flavor and aroma it’s hard to stop after a bowl. It could be the combination of the spices with the apples or the addition of a sweet potato – whatever it is, it works! It is perfect as is or can be eaten with a dollop of yogurt and some sliced almonds on top.

On a side note – I find that store bought vegetable stock, depending on the brand, can be a little too strong and that’s why I dilute it with water. When I make my own stock, I don’t dilute it so use your discretion with the stock. If you’re going to buy it, look for brands that have reduced or no salt in it – much better for you!

I’d love to hear from you! Do you make Butternut Squash Soup?
Please feel free to share your ideas and tips in the comments below:)

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Yields about 10 cups
Ingredients:
• 1 tbs. olive oil
• 1 medium Vidalia onion, diced
• 2 lb. butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
• 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed
• 4 apples (you can use a mix of Macintosh, red and green), peeled and cubed
• 2 cups vegetable stock
• 2 1/2 cups water
• 1/2 tsp. cumin
• 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
• 1 tsp. cinnamon
• 1/4 tsp. mustard powder
• 1 tsp. freshly grated ginger
• Optional: yogurt and toasted almond slices for garnish

Directions:
Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot over medium heat until warm. Add the chopped onion and sauté for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the butternut squash and sweet potato and stir for 10 minutes, until softened.

Add the chopped apples, vegetable stock, water and spices. Stir until all combined, bring to a boil and then reduce the heat, cover the pot and let simmer for 30 – 40 minutes.

When cool, purée the soup with a hand held immersion blender or in a blender until smooth. This soup can be frozen, but will thicken as it thaws and may need additional water or stock added to it when reheated.

Add a swirl of yogurt and a sprinkle of toasted almond slices before serving.

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