A sweet fruit with a nutty taste and orange flesh that grows on a vine, butternut squash is one of my favorite fall and winter delicacies, right next to blood oranges. In Italy, one of the most popular ways to use butternut squash is in a butternut squash risotto, which is going be next on my menu for fall.
And since there seems to always be a fire going during the winter months, some crusty bread baking in the oven…it makes it effortless to throw in a pan of vegetables, fruit and herbs to roast alongside everything else.
This butternut squash and apple soup is your perfect rustic fall in a bowl, a must have in your recipe files.
Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup Recipe
- 1 lb butternut squash -peeled, seeded and cut into one inch cubes
- 2 granny smith apples cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 medium onion -diced
- 1 carrot -sliced
- 4 tbs butter (organic grass fed)
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 3 cup vegetable stock
- 1/2 cup heavy cream or coconut cream organic (optional)
- 1 tsp sea salt + more to taste
- black pepper to taste -freshly cracked
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes + more to taste
- 7 sprigs thyme -leaves only
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 tbsp fresh chives for garnish
- 1 pincg freshly grated nutmeg
- Preheat your oven to 400 F. In a large baking dish toss the apples, butternut squash, carrot slices, red pepper flakes, bay leaf, sea salt, pepper and thyme with 1 tbs of melted butter or olive oil. Roast uncovered for 45 minutes or until tender.
- Heat up the 3 tablespoons of butter over medium-low flame in a cast iron pot. Saute the diced onions with a pinch of sea salt until translucent . Add the wine and let it reduce by half. Add the roasted squash and apples to the pot together with the vegetable or chicken stock. Bring to a simmer and allow to cook together for 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaf and using a hand held blender puree the soup until smooth. Add the heavy cream or coconut cream and cook an additional 3 minutes.
- Adjust seasonings and serve hot with a drizzle of cream, snipped chives and a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg.