Butternut Squash Harvest Soup

Butternut Squash Harvest Soup via All the Delights

If you trust me on anything, I need it to be this. I've been making this soup for 9 years. That's 9 years of altering, perfecting, testing among friends and family, and of course the ultimate accolade, winning over a husband.

Butternut Squash Harvest Soup via All the Delights

I will admit, this recipe is still a bit fluid. I'll make changes here and there depending on the consistency I'm looking for, but this is my base go-to. If you prefer a thicker soup, let it simmer longer before you blend it together. If you prefer a less baby-food-like texture, add another cup of broth. Easy!

Butternut Squash Harvest Soup via All the Delights
Butternut Squash Harvest Soup via All the Delights

Butternut Squash Harvest Soup

Yield 10-12 Servings

INGREDIENTS

1 butternut squash
1-2 medium sweet potatoes
1 onion
1 green apple
1 ripe pear
1 quart chicken or turkey bone broth
1 cup apple cider
1 cup full fat coconut milk
salt and pepper
coconut oil or butter

METHOD

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Slice squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Rub with coconut oil or olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wash sweet potatoes and poke with a fork. Roast squash and sweet potatoes for about 30 minutes, or until they begin to caramelize. (Note: this can be done ahead of time.)

  2. Meanwhile, chop onion, and peel & chop fruit. Heat 1-2 TB of butter or coconut oil in a large pot. Add onion, apple, and pear. Stir until onions begin to sweat, then add bone broth. Bring to a boil, then simmer.

  3. Remove and discard skins from squash and sweet potatoes. Add squash and potatoes to the pot and allow to simmer 10 more minutes.

  4. Once everything is soft and cooked through, remove from heat and add apple cider.

  5. Blend soup in small batches, then stir in coconut milk and salt & pepper to taste.

Serve as is or topped with smoked sausage and candied pecans. 

OR...this grilled cheese sandwich:

Butternut Squash Harvest Soup via All the Delights
Butternut Squash Harvest Soup via All the Delights
Butternut Squash Harvest Soup via All the Delights

Inspired by the best sandwich I ever ate when I moved to New York in 2007: gluten-free bread (of course, it was crusty French bread back then) smeared with raw honey, raw cheddar cheese, apple, ham, and shaved asparagus.

Don't question it. Just do it.

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