Soup season is definitely here. I have several favorite soups (Butternut Vegetable Soup, Lentil Soup and Tuscan Five-Bean Soup come to mind), but I decided I needed to try something I hadn’t made before, Curried Butternut Squash Soup. It was an easy choice because (a) I have all that end-of-market squash in the basement and (b) I got an immersion blender for my birthday, and, naturally, I had to try it out.
Of course, I was missing an item or two from the ingredient list, so I made do with what I had on hand, which yielded a lovely soup, saved me a trip to the store and resulted in a recipe for which more people probably have the ingredients handy.
Curried Butternut Squash Soup
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 cups finely chopped yellow onion
- 4 teaspoons curry powder (that’s 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon)
- 1/4 teaspoon thyme
- 1 3-pound butternut squash
- 2 cups peeled, sliced tart apples
- 3 cups water
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- Leafy tops of celery stalk
- 1 bay leaf
- Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
- Melt butter in heavy 4- to 5-quart pot over medium heat. Add onions, curry powder and thyme; reduce heat to low. Cover, and let onions cook slowly till tender, about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally, and check to make sure onions don’t burn.
- Meanwhile, wash squash. Pierce in a few places and place in microwave oven. Cook on high 3 minutes. Remove and peel. (Microwave step is optional, but it makes for easier peeling.) Cut open, remove seeds and cut squash in chunks.
- Add squash and apple slices to tender onions. Add water, juice, celery tops and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook, partially covered, until squash and apples are very tender, 20-30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Remove celery and bay leaf. Puree soup mixture with immersion blender or press through a sieve or food mill. Taste, and then add salt and black pepper as desired. (I used about 1/2 teaspoon salt.) Serve hot. Makes about 8 servings.
Healthy and tasty
My friends and I loved the soup, and it could hardly be healthier. There’s not enough butter in there to hurt you, while the squash, apples and onions provide tons of vitamins, minerals and fiber. It’s amazing how rich the soup seems.