On days where I work at my gym, I almost always try to bring my own lunch to save some moolah. But some mornings I'm in such a rush trying to get out of the house on time (read: half asleep) that I completely forget to pack something to eat. Thankfully, my gym has quite a nice cafe. Such a nice cafe that oftentimes I find myself jotting down what I had for lunch so I can try to recreate it at home.
Last week the soup of the day was a butternut squash and apple, which on a crisp fall afternoon, was just what the doctor ordered. Creamy and flavorful, I couldn't help but continue thinking about the soup long after I finished eating lunch. So, I took matters into my own hands and found a similar-sounding recipe courtesy of Food and Wine.
Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Cheddar Serves 4
Adapted from Food and Wine
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• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
• ¾ cup apple cider or spiced cider
• one 1 ¾ pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch pieces
• 4 ½ cups chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth
• ½ cup heavy cream
• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
• salt and pepper
• 1 McIntosh apple, roughly diced
• cheddar cheese for garnish, grated
• chives, thinly sliced for garnish
In a large pot, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and cook over medium high heat until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Add the cider to the pot and allow it to cook until it's syrupy, about 3-5 minutes.
Next, add the butternut squash and broth and bring to a boil. Cover and allow to sit for about 40 minutes, until the butternut squash is tender.
Now, transfer to your blender. I did this part in batches and spooned it from the pot into a smaller bowl then poured it into the blender so I'd have more control over it. My luck, I'd attempt to lift my heavy pot and dump all of the scalding hot soup all over myself! Makes for one extra dish to wash but it's worth it 😉
Puree the butternut squash then transfer back to the original pot and add the heavy cream.
Season with a bit of salt and pepper. You'll want to keep the pot warm while you prepare the apples.
For the apples, you're first going to melt the butter in a skillet. Once warm, add the diced apples,
and allow to cook until lightly golden brown. Season with salt and pepper.
Now, you're almost ready to cozy up to a bowl of delicious soup. But first, you have to prepare each bowl, the fun part 🙂 First, garnish with cheddar. Naturally, I used Cabot's Seriously Sharp. It's always stocked in my fridge!
Then top with sauteed apples and chives.
When I was younger, I never considered soup to be dinner. I was a weirdo. Because a hearty and filling soup like this is definitely the perfect way to end the day. And the perfect midday pick-me-up, too!
What's your favorite seasonal soup? I hear we're supposed to get snow (?!?!?!?!??!) in Massachusetts in a couple days? I need warm and comforting foods so I can happily hibernate this season 😉
Snow?? No way! Stay toasty! Apples and squash pair so nicely. I bet this just tastes like a bowl of comfort. Two of my favorite soups-cauliflower and split pea
I've been looking for the perfect bnut squash/apple soup recipe. I had an epic bowl in a little college town in IN last year and have been trying to replicate it ever since. Definitely going to try this!
Every winter I make a spicy tomato, lentil and chicken sausage soup. It is so hearty and easy to make!
Awesome recipe! I love my curried butternut squash soup, but have been wanting to change it up this fall. I will be giving this a try this weekend. Hopefully the snow comes fast, and melts faster!
cider + cheese should always go together 🙂 this looks so good!
Erica @ In and Around Town says
This looks warm and delicious! Perfect if we get those flurries - hard to believe it was 85 recently!
I love all soup. Really, it's my favorite thing to cook and eat. My current favorite is a lentil soup with greens and Italian sausage. That is subject to change at any time though! This one looks yum!
I take down notes to replicate recipes all the time, too. I tried fried grit cakes at a New Orleans style restaurant recently, and now I'm dying to make them myself.
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Don't say the snow word! 🙁 Hot soup definitely makes our winters a little more bearable. I love soups of all kinds!
Michelle Collins says
This soup looks great! One of my favorite seasonal soups is pumpkin soup.
This sounds fantastic. This time a year I'm a sucker for a baked potato soup. Have you ever tried the new england soup factory? That place has the best ideas. Their cookbook is completely amazing.
mmm i can't wait to make this soup!! sounds perfect for the coold weather!
YUM - that sounds fabulous! Perfect for a chilly autumn night. Can't wait to try it!
I made a butternut-apple soup last winter. I did NOT add cheddar. That will likely happen this year.
I can't wait to try this! Maybe even tomorrow if I can pick up a butternut squash at some point. I just tried a chicken and herb dumpling soup a few weeks ago. Twas amazing!!! (ps that snow had better stay away!!)
@kelly YES! YES! YES New England Soup Factory is one of my most favorite places. There's nowhere else I'd rather be on a dreary winter afternoon than there 😉 I've heard wonderful things about their cookbook, too. I can only imagine how tasty all the recipes in it must be! [Chels]