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Apple-Squash Soup Recipe

Apple-Squash Soup Recipe

Apples are the perfect autumn food: Their tart, crisp flesh evokes the exhilarating weather. Here, paired with autumn squash, they lend their sweetness to this classic savory soup, a golden beginning to any autumn meal. Served with wholegrain bread and a salad, it can be a meal by itself.

The gorgeous color hints at the rich nutrition in this creamy, satisfying soup.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cups vegetable broth (or more)
2 cups filtered apple cider or apple juice
2 cups acorn or butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and diced
1 large potato, peeled and diced (Yukon Golds are nice)
1 firm, tart apple, peeled, cored, and diced
Freshly grated nutmeg and ginger
Sea salt
1/2 cup light cream (optional)
Toppings (optional): chopped walnuts, minced fresh parsley, dollop of sour or whipped cream, grated nutmeg

1. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil and add the minced garlic and chopped onion. Saute until golden, then add broth, apple cider or juice, squash, potato, and apple. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.

2. Add nutmeg, ginger, and salt to taste.

3. Puree in batches in a blender, return to the pot, and gently reheat. You may add light cream or more broth at this stage, thinning the soup to the desired consistency.

4. Serve warm, with any of all of the toppings on each serving, if desired.

Serves 6.

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Adapted from Witch in the Kitchen, by Cait Johnson (Inner Traditions, 2001). Copyright (c) 2001 by Cait Johnson. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from Witch in the Kitchen, by Cait Johnson (Inner Traditions, 2001).

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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12:04PM PDT on May 11, 2013

Interesting recipe. Thanks Cait.

5:48PM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

Thanks for the post. I prefer my apples sweet and my butternut squash completely savory though.

12:05AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Thanks for the article.

10:30AM PDT on Jun 23, 2012


7:11AM PDT on Jun 23, 2012

Thanks for the recipe.

5:13AM PDT on Jun 23, 2012

Oh,I don't know, Cait...Yo'll have to send me a sample...!!

5:02PM PDT on Mar 16, 2012


8:29PM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

Sounds so good!!!
Thank you Cait...:)

12:49PM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

Thank you

6:55AM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

I love this healthy soup recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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