Friday, April 15, 2011

My Favorite Soup!'s Friday! Fridays just make me feel happy. Even though I work a lot on the weekends....I still feel the happiness around me.

So...yesterday....the weather was all springy and warm....and kinda feels like Fall! So..I am bringing out my favorite fall soup today. It is sooooooo yummy and super healthy. I have to admit that my Super Tall Mr. Fix-It Husband and boys will not eat it...which means I get to eat the entire batch.

I first made this soup for a baby shower about 5 or so years ago when one of my very best life-long friends Sara had her son, Josh. was a hit. I found it on the Martha Stewart website. is the super duper yummolicious recipe! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Butternut Apple Soup

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 medium onion, diced
1 butternut squash (about 2 pounds), peeled, seeded, and chopped
4 red or golden apples, peeled, cored, and chopped, plus 1 apple, finely diced and tossed in lemon juice, for garnish (optional)
2 teaspoons coarse salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
2 1/2 cups water, plus more if needed

1.Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to soften, about 4 minutes. Add squash, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 10 minutes.

2.Add apples, salt, cumin, coriander, ginger, cayenne, black pepper, stock, and the water (just enough to cover). Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook until vegetables are very soft, about 30 minutes.

3.Puree in batches in a food processor or blender until smooth, and return to saucepan. Heat over low, thinning with more water if necessary. To serve, ladle into shallow bowls; garnish with diced apples, jalapeno slices, and sour cream if desired

Hint: make sure that the ginger is completely cooked. If it is not well cooked..the soup will not taste as yummy.

(Picture from Martha Stewart Website)

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