This soup is hearty enough for a meal—just add salad and crusty bread. It’s equally delicious made with Hubbard squash when you can find it! You can also get creative with toppings—a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkling of pomegranate arils, and perhaps roasted and chopped nuts.
- One 2-pound butternut squash
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 large carrots, trimmed and sliced
- 1 apple, such as Macoun or Gala, cut into chunks
- 3 scallions, trimmed and sliced
- 2 cups chicken broth, homemade or low-sodium, more as needed
- 2 tablespoons sherry
- 1 cup milk
- ½ teaspoon curry powder (optional)
- Freshly ground white pepper
Yields 4 servings
Preheat your oven to 400°F. Slice the squash lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds (you may roast them separately for a crunchy snack). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drizzle it with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Place the squash halves, cut side down, on the parchment and roast for one hour or until a knife tip easily pierces the flesh. Let the squash cool while you continue with the recipe.
Heat a large skillet until hot—a few drops of water sprinkled on the pan will sizzle when it’s ready. Add the rest of the olive oil, the onions, carrots, apple, and scallions; slow-cook until soft but not browned. Add the sherry and cook for another 10 minutes.
Peel the skin from the squash and cut the squash into chunks. Working in batches as needed, place the squash, the other cooked ingredients, and the broth in a blender and process until smooth. Transfer the soup to a large saucepan and heat through before serving. Season with the curry powder, if desired, and a few pinches of pepper.