Easy Butternut Squash - Apple Soup
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Butternut Squash Apple Soup

Cuisine: Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 medium butternut squash
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon salt to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400° F. Slice off the top and bottom from the butternut squash; slice in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds and pulp with a spoon. Peel the squash with a potato peeler, and chop the squash into 1" cubes. Toss in a little olive oil, lightly salt and spread on a baking sheet. Roast until very, very soft and lightly caramelized, about 30 minutes.
  • In a large pot, melt the butter over medium high heat and cook until lightly browned. Lower the heat and add the remaining olive oil and the onion. Saute until the onion begins to caramelize - about 20 minutes.
  • Add the squash, water, apple cider, and salt to the pot, and bring to a simmer for 10 minutes to mingle the flavors.
  • Pour the soup into a blender and puree to a smooth, silky soup. See Cook's Notes for tips.
  • Pour the pureed soup back into the pot and reheat. Correct seasoning if needed before serving.

Notes

  • It's important to roast the squash past the tender stage into a slight caramelization, to bring up the natural sweetness of the squash. This contributes to the fabulous squash flavor of the soup.
  • An immersible blender can be used to puree the soup, but it likely achieve the smooth texture that's possible with a counter-top blender.
  • When using a blender to puree soup, never fill the container more than half way with hot liquid; one-third full is best. Trust me.