Thursday, November 26, 2020

Simple But Tasty Butternut Squash and Apple Soup- Instant Pot or Not

Pumpkin Soup, Soup

Butternut Squash makes a delicious soup that is slightly sweet, thick, and satisfying. Add some fall apple and you have a genuinely nourishing rich autumn soup. The beautiful bright orange color, so reminiscent of the season, brings warmth and a glow to our fall table. 

I made this appealing soup for Thanksgiving this year. 

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I really do like butternut squash. It is a vegetable that I can buy and keep for at least 3 weeks, making it ideal for a person like me who doesn't always get to use up all the fresh vegetables that I buy. 
I've been doing better since we are shut-in because we cook everyday. I have not started to eat in outdoor restaurants yet and just when I thought I would, the numbers have really started to rise- so eating out is off my list again. 

This recipe was fairly easy. 

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I washed and scrubbed my squash very well. I then simply sliced it without peeling it. ( you could peel your squash if you want) - I used organic. I cut each slice in half, sprayed them with a little oil and layer them out on a rimmed cookie sheet to roast for about an hour.

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Wondering about the seeds? Yes, when I got to the round part of the squash that is full of seeds, I just kept slicing. With seeds, layed those slices on a separate cookie sheet and sprayed with a little oil. The results- delicious roasted squash with roasted seeds! I did not use the squash with seeds in the soup. We simply ate those slices ( there were only about 6 of them with seeds attached) 

The roasted slices without seeds went into my soup. I used my Instant Pot, but of course it can be made on the stove top as well. 

Pumpkin Soup, Soup, Bowl, Appetizer

Small amount of Olive oil for sautéing vegetables
1 large butternut squash ( I like one with a fat ball and a long neck), scrubbed and sliced in 1/2 moons and roasted at 375 for an hour.
2 cups of sliced onions (1/2 moons)
2 cups of sliced apples 
5 cups of vegetable broth
1 cup of water

Preheat oven to 375 degrees to roast the squash 
Lay squash slices on a rimmed cookie sheet- spray with oil or toss in oil 
Roast in oven for about an hour or until squash slices are tender. Remove from oven and reserve for soup. The squash can be roasted the day before. 

Directions for Instant Pot: 
Spray or coat the bottom of the Instant Pot insert liner with a little oil. Add onions and apples and sauté until onions are translucent (about 5 minutes), stirring
Add previously roasted butternut squash, vegetable broth, and water. 
Turn off sauté function, secure lid, and close steam valve. Set to pressure cook for 2 minutes. When done turn off pressure cooker, release steam manually according to the manufacturer's directions, and when all steam is released, remove lid. Using an immersion blender, blend soup until thick and creamy. 

Directions for Stove Top: 
Spray or the bottom of a soup pot. Add onions and apples and sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring. Add roasted squash slices, vegetable broth and water. (add 1/4 cup extra water). Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a low heat and cook for about 5 minutes. Using an immersion blender, blend until creamy.

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  1. Very creamy and tasty! I do enjoy butternut squash from time to I had some roasted with lots of bacon :-))

  2. I love squash soup, recently made carrot and squash soup, so delicious. I also roast the seeds from my squash.

  3. I love roasted squash. This looks like a superb soup!

  4. Ohhhh this looks easy and delicious. I just happen to have a butternut squash in the house, but we've eaten all the apples; I'll save this for next week. :)

  5. Squash is not a vegetable I think to buy. But I am adding this to my list.

  6. Great idea about not seeding the squash before roasting! I’m definitely going to try that. I ordered your cookbook but haven’t decided whether to give it as a gift or keep it for myself...��

  7. Your soups look delicious, Our Thanksgiving dinner included some squash soup made by my nephew, which was creamy and smooth.

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  8. It looks so bright and warming. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week. ;-)

  9. Looks good, Judee. I love soups this time of year. Pictures looking great!


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