Curried Butternut Squash Soup

December 14, 2008

We just may have a white Christmas after all here in Seattle. It snowed last night and the streets are covered in a beautiful thin blanket of white. It probably won't last so we're enjoying it while it's here.

After frolicking in the snow at least one thing is required: something hot. If it's late enough in the day I prefer a hot mug of Chambord spiked cocoa, but it's still a bit early so a nice bowl of soup satisfies and takes the chill off. One of my all-time favorite soups is this recipe for Curried Butternut Squash, adapted from the Silver Palate Cookbook.

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

4 tablespoons sweet butter
2 cups yellow onions, finely chopped
4 teaspoons curry powder
3 pounds butternut squash
2 apples; peeled, cored, and chopped
3 cups chicken stock
1 cup apple juice
Salt and pepper

Optional: crème fraîche for topping

Melt the butter in saucepan. Add chopped onions and curry powder. Cook covered over low heat until onions are tender (about 25 minutes).

Meanwhile, peel the squash ( a regular vegetable peeler works best). Scrape out the seeds and chop.

When onions are tender pour in the stock, add squash and apples, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until squash and apples are very tender (about 25 minutes).

Puree soup in the pot with a stick (hand) blender or transfer to a food processor and blend. Add apple juice. Also, add additional stock, if needed, until desired consistency is reached.

Season to taste with salt and pepper, and add a dollop of crème fraîche.

4-6 portions



howtoeatacupcake's picture

Squash soup! Yum! :D

Sean's picture

A classic. When we were in Scotland a few years ago a friend made us a curried parsnip soup that was to. die. for.

Cherie's picture

Delish! I have been doing a rif off of this for many of our events and it is devoured. I follow basically the same recipe, but I roast the squash, apples and onions in the oven for about 45 minutes. It is molto facile with Trader J's cubed butternut squash, too.

maris's picture

I love butternut squash soup! I typically make a sweeter version with apple or carmelized onions but this version sounds delicious! I'll have to give it a try.

gammypie's picture

Oh my! This looks tasty! Thanks for the recipe!

Aimee's picture

This soup sounds delicious. I also make a sweeter version with mango (check out, but this sounds so cozy and delicious.

Jim T, Alexandria, VA's picture

I make this soup on most years - it's usually a special request. This year, I am getting some recipe request so I am forwarding a link to your blog. Also, when you are hard pressed, you can find butternut squash puree at Williams Sonoma...'spensive, but saves loads of time.