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Apple-Butternut Squash Soup

A Thanksgiving-worthy soup blends tangy, sweet apples with mellow butternut squash; cumin, coriander, ginger, and cayenne add vibrant flavors.

  • Yield: Serves 6
Apple-Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 butternut squash (about 2 pounds), peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 4 red or golden apples, peeled, cored, and chopped, plus 1 apple, finely diced and tossed in lemon juice, for garnish (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 1/2 cups water, plus more if needed
  • 1 jalapeno chile, thinly sliced, for garnish (optional)
  • Sour cream, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to soften, about 4 minutes. Add squash, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 10 minutes.

  2. Add apples, salt, cumin, coriander, ginger, cayenne, black pepper, stock, and the water (just enough to cover). Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook until vegetables are very soft, about 30 minutes.

  3. Puree in batches in a food processor or blender until smooth, and return to saucepan. Heat over low, thinning with more water if necessary. To serve, ladle into shallow bowls; garnish with diced apples, jalapeno slices, and sour cream if desired.

Cook's Note

The soup can be made ahead of time and refrigerated up to 3 days or frozen up to a month; let cool completely before storing in an airtight container. Reheat gently before serving (thaw frozen soup overnight in the refrigerator).

Reviews (25)

  • shayne314 19 Nov, 2013

    I just made this tonight. It was absolutely perfect - except for one
    ingredient........the cayenne pepper. Even at such a small amount, this just
    overpowered the soup, it took over every subtle spice and flavor of the
    squash and apples. Simply put, it ruined it. So please, if you are
    contemplating this recipe.....take my advice and leave it out. You can
    always add it in after the fact.

  • shayne314 19 Nov, 2013

    I just made this tonight. It was absolutely perfect - except for one ingredient........the cayenne pepper. Even at such a small amount, this just overpowered the soup, it took over every subtle spice and flavor of the squash and apples. Simply put, it ruined it. So please, if you are contemplating this recipe.....take my advice and leave it out. You can always add it in after the fact.

  • Robin Dollface 7 Nov, 2013

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  • Robin Dollface 7 Nov, 2013

    By far none, this is the best Butternut Squash Soup ever! Easy to follow directions and came out perfectly. I loved the combination of the apples (Gala) with the Squash. I did tweak the spices due to our taste. I am not a cumin fan, so I left it out. I used just 1/8 tsp. each of coriander, cayenne pepper, ginger and black pepper. I added 2 TBsp of light brown sugar. Perfect combination of hot and sweet. When I make it for 2013 Thanksgiving dinner I will use a dash of cayenne to taste.

  • Violet Beauregard 23 Oct, 2013

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  • Rachael0722 9 Oct, 2013

    The new website is terrible. I struggle getting around on it. I thought maybe it was my computer, but my IPad has the same issues. Also where in the heck is the print button for the recipes? Am I just missing it? I have looked everywhere and it never pops up nor can I see one. So each time I have to copy and paste the recipe in order to print it. What a pain!

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  • Bryan M 9 Feb, 2013

    Wonderful soup! I made this first for Thanksgiving appetizer and everyone raved about it. We finished the whole pot with no leftovers. It has a perfect blend of spices and the apples add just right touch of sweetness. I did not use the jalapeno garnish as the cayenne had an adequate punch.

  • Happy_Birthday_Dr_Seuss 12 Jan, 2013

    Apple-Butternut Squash Soup
    Russell "Chuckles" Saturday lunch idea.
    Nutritious and Delicious!

  • love good food 23 Nov, 2012

    Made this recipe for Thanksgiving. It was a BIG hit. Loved the subtle hint of apple at the beginning of the bite, followed by a slightly spicy finish on the tongue. Everyone raved about it. Will definitely save this recipe to make again in the future.

  • Ursula Isenschmid 4 Nov, 2012

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  • cheftb 13 Oct, 2012

    Yum, yum, yum! I completely omitted the cayenne & the coriander (not a fan of either). Pure, velvety deliciousness! A great way to use some of the apples that we picked. I'll be serving this as "shooters" for my next fall party. Thanks Martha & staff!

  • lickiss1310 11 Oct, 2012

    The first time i made it the cayenne pepper was way too strong! The next time I used just a small pinch of cayenne pepper. Then it was delicious! I doubled the recipe but NOT the spices.

  • c lee 30 Sep, 2012

    This recipe came out silky and light. Croutons on top add a nice texture.

    I especially liked how it came out faintly and sweetly apple scented, just as I hoped. The proportions worked out in my favour.

  • Natalie23 28 Sep, 2012

    Came out a little too light to make a meal out of it, next time would substitute water with chicken stock.

  • Natalie23 28 Sep, 2012

    Came out a little to light to make a meal out of it, next time would substitute water with chicken stock.

  • Vanilla_Bean 26 May, 2012

    Followed this recipe to a T.
    It.was.awesome.
    A+

    Next time, I may crumble some goat cheese on top as a garnish, rather than the sour cream and jalapeƱo.

  • kinaB 21 Feb, 2012

    Delicious! The recipe is large, but you'll be glad when you have leftovers and stock for the freezer! I skipped the coriander and will adjust the cayenne pepper to 1/8 teaspoon the next time I make it-- was a bit on the spicy side. Huge hit though.

  • Vatex 23 Oct, 2011

    Just finished this soup and it was DELICIOUS! I didn't have cayenne so I used 1/8 tsp of paprika and a few shakes of crushed red pepper. The soup had just the right amount of kick! I only used 1/2 cup of water because it's all I could fit in the pan. Will definitely make this again.

  • bludelfina 10 Oct, 2011

    Made some changes and believe me, they are for the better: a little grounded cloves, and WAY LESS cayenne pepper, otherwise it will burn your taste buds and you will not be able to appreciate any other flavor...

  • hubbyscook 30 Sep, 2011

    I hated this recipe! I make soups often and with great success. This recipe tasted like Indian Curry, without the naan or rice (I am Indian). I made this to serve to guests tomorrow after a day apple picking. I will serve something else!

  • CarmelinaCAN 16 Oct, 2010

    Made this for thanksgiving - resounding success!

  • blackkeys 14 Oct, 2010

    haha.. um... just realized that there wasn't supposed to be any cayenne at all. I think I added 1/4 of a teaspoon. It was delicious!

  • blackkeys 14 Oct, 2010

    This soup is amazing. It's very spicy (maybe I used too much cayenne?) but I like it that way. :D I will definitely make this again.

  • AmandaJ_77 12 Oct, 2010

    This soup is one of my new favorites. It was so easy to make and tastes great. I used 0% plain greek yogurt for garnish and left off the jalapeno slices and apple garnish. Still really great and freezes amazingly.

  • carlaird 26 Dec, 2008

    THIS SOUP WAS GREAT! Tasted even better than I thought! I would have not used the coriander but thats just my taste!
    GOES GREAT WITH THE WHIP CREAM!!!!!!!!!!

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