Fall is here! The leaves have begun falling and the days and nights are cooler. This usually means it’s time for me to break out the warm sweaters, tea and my favorite soups. This lovely roasted butternut squash, sweet potato and apple soup makes use of the now arriving fall/ winter vegetables and fruits.
It is hearty, warm and full of texture and flavor. This heart warming soup can be enjoyed anytime. You can choose to have it as a light meal for lunch, dinner or as a side dish to compliment a main course.
Make a big batch and freeze some for those days when you want a warm nutritious soup without the hassle of preparing one. Just thaw and warm on the stove-top for best results.
Preparing soup is one of my favorite cooking methods in the kitchen. It takes a few minutes to prepare the ingredients and usually within the hour it’s finished. Some soups may take longer than others as the cooking time depends on the type of ingredients you are using.
I often find that preparing a soup with meat or chicken for example may take a little longer than a vegetarian based soup. If the meat is prepared in advance and ready to be added to the soup, then it dramatically reduces the cooking time.
So let’s prepare our soup.
Pre-cook your butternut squash in advance so that it is easy to peel and ready for your soup. Peel and chop apples and set aside. Peel and chop sweet potatoes into cubes and set aside. Next, chop the garlic, peppers (missing from picture) and onions and set aside.
Measure and set aside your seasonings so that it is ready for your soup when needed.
A light saute of just onions, garlic and red peppers (not shown), or any combination of vegetables in the holy trinity of cooking or mirepox is what I often use to start my soups or stews. This blog gives an excellent list of the holy trinity or mirepox combinations.
Next add the butternut squash, sweet potatoes and apples and saute for 2 – 3 min.
Add the seasonings, spices and water or you can use your favorite broth. Stir, cover and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the vegetables are soft and easy to mash or blend.
As a final step, you can use a hand blender to create a smooth soup, or a potato masher for a soup that has a little more texture. My hand blender recently gave up after years of use, so my potato masher came to the rescue. I must say it did a pretty nice job. The soup was certainly not smooth, but it did have a very nice texture.
Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and enjoy in your favorite bowl or mug.
- 1 large Onions - diced
- 4 cloves garlic- diced
- 1 large red pepper
- ½ roasted Butternut squash- cubed
- 3 medium sweet potatoes - peeled and cubed
- 2 Apples- peeled, cored and cubed
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp Better Than Bouillon Vegetable base
- 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp Bragg Liquid Aminos
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 8 cups Water
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- ¼ tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp herbs de Provence
- ½ tsp granulated garlic
- Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper - to taste
- Pre-cooked butternut squash in advance
- Peel and chop apples and set aside
- Peel and chop sweet potatoes into cubes and set aside
- Chop the garlic, onions and pepper and set aside
- Measure and set aside your seasonings and spices
- Saute onions, garlic and red peppers (not shown)
- Next add the butternut squash, sweet potatoes and apples and saute for 2 - 3 min
- Add the seasonings and water or broth
- Stir, cover and bring to a boil
- Lower heat and simmer until vegetables are soft and easy to mash or blend
- Use a blender or hand blender for a smooth soup
- Use a potato masher for a soup that has a little more texture
- Blend or mash vegetables and apples to your desired consistency.
- Serve and enjoy
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