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Roasted Winter Squash and Apple Soup

This recipe has been adapted from Dr. Andrew Weil's book "The Healthy Kitchen" (Knopf, 2005).

  • prep: 15 mins
    total time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • servings: 4




  • 1 large winter squash (about 2 1/2 pounds), such as butternut or kabocha, peeled, seeded, and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt
  • Chili powder, for seasoning (optional)
  • 4 cups Vegetable broth Andy's Vegetable Stock
  • Cilantro Walnut Pesto Cilantro Walnut Pesto, for garnish (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large roasting pan, toss squash, onions, garlic, and apples with oil to coat. Season well with salt and chile powder. Roast, stirring every 10 minutes, until vegetables are fork-tender and lightly browned, about 40 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Transfer half the vegetables and 2 cups stock to a food processor; puree until smooth. Repeat with remaining vegetables and broth. Return pureed mixture to pot, thinning soup with stock, if necessary. Season with salt and chile powder; bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Serve immediately, garnished with Cilantro Walnut Pesto, if desired.



Reviews (4)

  • Mayson 5 Oct, 2010

    Delicious! Very simple and clean tasting. I like that it is a savory soup even though squash and the apples could easily be sweet. I bet you could take it in a different direction if you threw in a dash of cinnamon/nutmeg rather than the chili powder and maybe added some soy milk. Nice and healthy ...and easy!

  • shaye 29 Nov, 2008

    Just by adding a yam or sweet potatoe to the mix really changes the flavour. Yum!

  • cheftb 21 Oct, 2008

    Gr8t! Halved the ingredients because I wasn't sure if DH

  • taybot 5 May, 2008

    This soup is absolutely delicious! It is so simple to make! The apples add a great flavour. I certainly recommend this!