After one of her favorite restaurants refused to divulge the recipe for its velvety butternut squash and apple soup, Brie Tennis came pretty close with her own version.
2 1/2 pounds butternut squash
3 sweet apples, such as Golden Delicious (about 1 1/4 lb. total)
3 cups fat-skimmed chicken broth
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon hot chili flakes
Salt and pepper
3 tablespoons minced fresh chives
How to Make It
Rinse squash; cut in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Place halves cut side down in a 12- by 17-inch baking pan. Peel, halve, and core apples; add to pan, along with 1/4 cup water.
Bake in a 400° regular or convection oven until squash and apples are tender when pierced, about 45 minutes. When cool enough to handle, scoop flesh of squash from peels; discard peels.
In a blender or food processor, in batches if necessary, whirl squash, apples, and broth until smooth. Pour purée into a 3- to 4-quart pan. Add wine, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and chili flakes. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, to blend flavors, about 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Ladle soup into wide bowls and garnish with chives.
I thought this was delicious. It's sweet but there's no added sugar so it's all natural sweetness. Low in fat & sodium; high in fiber -- a healthy winner. I left the chili flakes out, too, and would do so again. I don't think it needs any extra seasoning. I'm going to be making this one often.
Unlike some of the other reviewers, I thought this was a very tasty and flavorful soup. I did do something different: when I roasted the squash and apples, I cubed them all and drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper. Then followed the recipe exactly. The soup is definitely spicy (with the ginger, nutmeg, etc.) and I think benefits from a salad on the side with a creamier-type dressing, like ranch. Would make again!