Soup's On: Butternut Squash Soup With Cider Cream

It's still Winter and that means I'm constantly craving soup. Last week I warmed my soul with this smooth butternut squash and apple soup. The apples provide a lovely sweetness to the robust and rich soup. Don't skip the sour cream step, it really adds a depth of flavor. It's elegant and brings to mind Thanksgiving dinner in a very good way. You should really make it. Right now. Get the recipe.

Butternut Squash Soup With Cider Cream

Butternut Squash Soup With Cider Cream


  1. 5 tablespoons butter
  2. 2 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 6 cups)
  3. 2 cups chopped leeks (white and pale green parts only)
  4. 1/2 cup chopped peeled carrot
  5. 1/2 cup chopped celery
  6. 2 small Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, chopped
  7. 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  8. 1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried sage leaves
  9. 5 cups chicken stock or canned low-salt chicken broth
  10. 1 1/2 cups apple cider
  11. 2/3 cup sour cream
  12. 1/2 cup whipping cream*
  13. Chopped fresh chives


  1. Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add squash, leeks, carrot and celery; sauté until slightly softened, about 15 minutes.
  2. Mix in apples, thyme and sage. Add stock and 1 cup cider and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until apples are tender, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Cool slightly.
  3. Working in batches, purée soup in blender. Return soup to pan.
  4. Boil remaining 1/2 cup cider in heavy small saucepan until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 5 minutes. Cool. Place sour cream in small bowl. Whisk in reduced cider. Soup and cider cream can be made 1 day ahead. Cover separately and refrigerate.
  5. Bring soup to simmer. Mix in whipping cream. Ladle soup into bowls. Drizzle with cider cream. Top with chives.

Serves 10.

*When I made this soup, I omitted the cream.

Average ( votes):
Can't wait to try this.
Would it be wrong to throw some fresh bacon bits on top?
Oh my goodness. This sounds so deelish. I want to stay home from work today and make soup!!
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