Friday, October 21, 2011

Apple and Butternut Squash Soup

Week 20 of 50 Women Game Changers in Foodand we honor yet another blogger!  Obviously the internet has had a definite impact on the culinary world not only by giving us easy access to a vast variety of recipes at our fingers tips but the ability to share and swap recipes with people from all over the world.  Molly Wizenberg has found a niche for herself through her food blog Orangette.  She has delicious recipes, amazing pictures, and her stories will get you hooked on her blog. 

I had a hard time deciding which of her recipes to make for this post, they all sounded so good. However, when my boys asked me to make this soup again in the same week I knew I had picked a definite winner!

Apple and Butternut Squash Soup

If possible, make this soup a day or two ahead; its flavors meld and deepen after a day or so of sitting in the fridge.

¼ cup olive oil
1 2-lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 2-inch pieces (about 4 cups)
2 flavorful apples, preferably Gala, peeled, cored, and cut into 2-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
1 large onion, peeled and coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)
¾ tsp curry powder
¾ tsp ground mace
½ tsp ground cardamom
1 cup good-quality apple cider
1 quart chicken stock (vegetable works fine as well)
½ tsp salt
¼ freshly ground pepper, preferably white

Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-low heat. Add the squash, apples, and onion, and stir to coat with oil.

Sauté uncovered, stirring occasionally, for ten to fifteen minutes, or until onion is transparent.

Stir in the mace, curry, and cardamom, and continue cooking until the onion begins to brown.

Add the cider. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, and cook for three minutes. Add the stock, lower the heat to medium-low, and simmer the mixture, partially covered, for another 35 minutes, or until squash is tender.

Working in batches, blend mixture in a food processor or blender until smooth (be careful to not overfill, as hot liquid could expand when machine is switched on, making a huge, burning-hot mess). Return soup to the stockpot. Reduce the soup, uncovered, over medium-low heat, to about one-fourth. Stir occasionally. Stir in salt and pepper, and serve hot.

Serves 4-5.

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Sue/the view from great island said... Best Blogger Tips

I haven't made a squash soup yet this season. I like all the spices with the sweet of the apples and cider in this soup. I will make this on the recommendation of your boys!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said... Best Blogger Tips

I agree that it was hard to decide on a recipe with so many delicious recipes to choose from, but it looks like your instincts were good!

Taryn said... Best Blogger Tips

I have some apples just going bad on my counter - perfect use for them.

Jeanette said... Best Blogger Tips

What a perfectly seasonal recipe to make from Orangette in celebration of Molly Wizenberg.

Miranda | Mangoes and Chutney said... Best Blogger Tips

I just made a butternut squash soup - this sounds great with the addition of apple.

Josh said... Best Blogger Tips

Surely my wife will gonna love this soup. I would like to try cooking this soup at home. Thanks for sharing your recipe. :D