Thursday, January 6, 2011

Butternut and Apple Harvest Soup

I enjoy making soups this time of year especially soups that showcase the seasons fall vegetables.  Not too mention that I am recovering from a food coma from the holiday eating and soup does a body good.

The flavor and color foundation of the butternut squash is enhanced with carrots, apple and onion.  Your satisfaction is guaranteed.


Butternut and Apple Harvest Soup
Serves 4
Recipe from Allrecipes


Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter
2 large leeks (white and pale green parts only). Chopped.
1 large onion, chopped
1 large potato, peeled and cubed
2 cups cubed butternut squash
1 cup diced carrots
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and sliced 1/4-inch thick
1 quart chicken stock
1/4 cup dry white wine (optional)
1/2 cup light cream
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons chopped chives

Directions:
1.  Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat.  Stir in leeks and onions, and cook until the onion softens and turns translucent, about 5 minutes.  Add potato, squash, carrots, apple and chicken stock.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer, until the vegetables are soft, about 20 minutes.

2.  Carefully puree the soup in batches in a blender or an immersion blender to puree the soup in the pot. Once the soup has been pureed, return it to the pot and stir in wine and cream.  Season with nutmeg, salt and pepper; simmer gently for 5 minutes.  Ladle into bowls and garnish with chopped chives.

Enjoy!
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43 comments:

Sommer J said...

Looks gorgeous! We're looking for yummy soups to incorporate into our weekly meal plan. This one looks perfect!

Bo said...

I love the color! It sounds especially comforting...The holidays put me into a food coma too.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Wow, I love butternut squash, this looks great:@)

doggybloggy said...

the green popping off the orange of the soup is captivating - a little dollop of creme fraiche - a hot and crunchy baguette and I am set!

Lea Ann said...

Beautiful Soup Velva. I agree with Cristo, creme fraiche and some bread. Yum

Pierce said...

I would like to get an immersion blender. What a handy kitchen tool that would be. As always, Velva, this loks absolutely fantastic. Lovely colors and so appealing to the palate!

Carol said...

I love the immersion blender for soups, yours looks so smooth and velvety! Nice flavors, delicious!

ann said...

This looks so tasty and comforting. I love soup this time of year, too!

The Japanese Redneck said...

That's a beautiful color and it's just loaded with veggies.

Sanchita said...

I love the bright colour. I would have it with a piece of bread. Ideal comfort food for winter afternoon.

Design Wine and Dine said...

This looks soooo good! I 100% agree, I am ALL about soups right now!

ThatJewCanCook said...

I almost have the gumption to try making butternut squash soup again, and this looks like a good way to do it! I haven't had apple with squash, I am more of a curry kinda guy, but maybe some curry, apple and squash will work out :)

That Girl said...

This is one of my favorite type of soups and I'm going through such a squash phase right now!

rosaria said...

Oh yummmmm!

A Canadian Foodie said...

I love leeks with anything - and they are so lovely in a soup. Nutmeg and butternut squash is also a wonderful taste combination to me. Lovely looking soup. I can never have enough soup recipes!!!
YUM!
Also, my computer fellow is coming today, and my site "should" be fixed by tomorrow... regarding ease of opening. I will be crossing my fingers!
:)
Valerie

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

this soup has gorgeous flavors! i cant wait to try it out.

Faith said...

Butternut and apple sound amazing together, and then with the addition of leeks I'm completely sold! Fantastic soup, Velva!

Holly said...

Mmmyummy! This soup sounds so delicious with the squash and apples-delish!!:)

Subhie Arun said...

lovely soup velva..lov d color...looks creamy too!..perfect for winter!
happi new yr dear!

http://subhieskitchen.blogspot.com/

teresa said...

mmmm, so aromatic and rich. what a lovely soup!

Beth said...

I think many of us are recovering from a food coma! This looks like a great antidote, and soups are always perfect at this time of year.

Michael Toa said...

Soup is perfect for this time of the year and especially the one you made. So comforting.

Katerina said...

The color of the squash is really irresistible so is the soup. It looks really hearty and comforting.

Verde Farm said...

I LOVE butternut squash and have had a similar soup one time and LOVED it. It’s suppose to snow here this weekend and I think this soup would definitely do a body good :) Thanks for the recipe. Love your blog!

5 Star Foodie said...

Such a pretty golden color! Sounds wonderfully delicious!

kitchen flavours said...

Looks lovely! Nice flavour combination. Love the addition of apples to this lovely soup!

A Canadian Foodie said...

OK - here's the "thing" - when my site looks like it is not opened... scroll down... it IS there... just scroll down. We are actually going to get that fixed.
YEAH!
See if scrolling works!
XO

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I am all about soup these cold, January days! This one sounds wonderful! The ingredients sound superb.

Claudia said...

I love everything in this. Everything. And love it more because it is soup. Food coma over, glorious soup season in full swing!

Marguerite said...

I am definitely in a holiday food coma and this soup looks heavenly! And so healthy, too! Love it!

From the Kitchen said...

I have four butternut squash sitting in my kitchen screaming "make me into something". In fact, I have everything except leeks. I think soup is in order for the next month or so.

Best,
Bonnie

We Are Not Martha said...

I love squash and I love apples and I absolutely love the color of this soup :) It sounds delicious!!

Sues

Chef E said...

Looks good, it almost makes me want to change my menu tonight, but nope I have other plans for my butternut squash!

Slurp up some for me though...

Hungry Dog said...

Looks beautiful, simple, and delicious-three very important qualities in a dish! Happy weekend to you!

Rita said...

Yummy soup; prfect for this time of the year; your photo is so nice.

The Healthy Apple said...

Beautiful soup; love this combo you used with the butternut squash. Enjoy your weekend!

Susan Fields said...

Satisfaction guaranteed - can't beat that! It certainly looks and sounds delicious. And I know what you mean about a food coma, it's so nice to be eating regular foods again. Happy new year to you!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Apple and butternut squash soup, YUM! It looks beautiful!!

Chow and Chatter said...

great soup never added apples to soup before great idea

Martha (MM) said...

Oh yum, this sounds absolutely perfect for the chilly weather! Now if only I had a kitchen I could cook in ::sigh::

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

i am on a soup making kick here too..this looks wonderful...

me too...i just have a thing for cookbooks...went into the bookstore looking for a novel to read for winter ...and come out with another cookbook. i would rather read this..and then bake !!!!

happy new year to you too, my friend

kary
:-)

Kim said...

I've seen quite a few recipes combining butternut squash and apple lately. I'm definitely intrigued with that combo. Looks beautiful!

Sweet and Savory said...

We are into the orange soups, these days, butternut squash, carrots, sweet potato so this one fits right in.

Would you consider linking it to Let's Do Lunch?

http://sweetsav.blogspot.com/2011/01/lets-do-brunch-11.html

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