Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
Here’s a wonderful fall soup from Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa show on the Food Network. Some commenters felt that the recipe turned out overly sweet — you might want to try adding more squash, cutting back the apple cider, or using broth instead of water, if you like a more savory soup.
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
2 Tablespoons good olive oil
4 cups chopped yellow onions (3 large)
2 Tablespoons mild curry powder
5 pounds butternut squash (2 large)
1½ pounds sweet apples, such as McIntosh (4 apples)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups water
2 cups good apple cider or juice
- Warm the butter, olive oil, onions, and curry powder in a large stockpot uncovered over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, until the onions are tender. Stir occasionally, scraping the bottom of the pot.
- Peel the squash, cut in half, and remove the seeds. Cut the squash into chunks. Peel, quarter, and core the apples. Cut into chunks.
- Add the squash, apples, salt, pepper, and 2 cups of water to the pot. Bring to a boil, cover, and cook over low heat for 30 to 40 minutes, until the squash and apples are very soft. Process the soup through a food mill fitted with a large blade, or puree it coarsely in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade.
- Pour the soup back into the pot. Add the apple cider or juice and enough water to make the soup the consistency you like; it should be slightly sweet and quite thick. Salt and pepper to taste, and serve hot.