The perfect rich and hearty soup recipe for a below freezing winter day.
Butternut Squash Soup
2 Medium Granny Smith Apples [diced]
2 Medium Butternut Squashes
1 Large White Onion [diced]
5-7 Fresh Sage Leaves [leave whole]
Half Stick of Butter
2 (or more) Cups of Low Sodium Chicken Stock [dependent on your preference of thickness]
2 (or more) Cups of Water
1/3 Cup of Heavy Cream
1. Preheat oven to 430°
2. Peel and cut in half length wise the squashes // leave the inside of cut squashes facing upward on a cookie sheet// score top to bottom and side to side // lightly coat with oil // salt and pepper // place mid rack in the oven // leave in for about 1 hour - 1 hour 15 minutes depending on if you can easily stick a fork through the squash.
3. In a extra large pot, melt butter and add in onions and apples // sauté on medium heat until soft (about 10-15 mins) add in a few leaves of sage // salt and pepper // once soft, put a lid on it and put heat on low.
4. When the squash is roasted enough, leave on stovetop to cool a bit // once it has cooled down for about 10-15 minutes, scoop out the seeds // dice the squash into 1-2 inch sized cubes // place cubed pieces in the pot with onions and apples.
5. Turn heat back to medium // add water and chicken stock and a few more sage leaves // mix contents until it is all melded together // salt and pepper lightly (wait until the end to do it to taste) // if it seems to be way too thick add in equal parts water and stock until its to your texture preference, but traditionally its meant to be a thick soup.
6. Remove from heat and stir in the heavy cream.
7. In small batches, mix in a blender to pure the soup (be careful, the contents are still extremely hot and the steam will burn // the texture should be thick and velvety // salt and pepper to taste.
8. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and garnish with a sage leaf // to freeze, let cool and place in thick plastic container (it freezes beautifully and is perfect for making in advance for parties // tastes just as wonderful as it did the day its made).
Enjoy and let me know how yours turns out!