Wheat-free * Dairy-free * Gluten-free * Vegetarian * Vegan * Parve * Paleo *
I’m serving soup as my first course for Thanksgiving. I didn’t want to make butternut squash soup like everybody else serves (not to mention that I already have two recipes for butternut squash soup on this blog: Anti Inflammatory Soup and plain old Butternut Squash Soup) so I decided to use more of my CSA apples and make a slightly curried apple soup. I made the soup and although it tasted really good, there was only one problem. The soup only made 6 cups and that’s a little too little for my 8 or maybe even 10 guests. I looked around and saw I had some leftover cooked butternut squash from the other night. I diced it and added it to the soup. Now I have 8 cups and it looks nice having little floating pieces of squash. Of course I can never leave well enough alone so I decided to see what it would taste like if I just pureed it…FABULOUS! So I guess I’m serving Butternut Squash Soup this year – like everyone else.
On the off chance that you are having less than 8 guests, the original apple soup is a really unusual and delicious choice.
Butternut Apple Soup Two Ways
This soup freezes beautifully so you can make it well in advance of Thanksgiving, then just defrost and heat on the big day.
2 tablespoons coconut or olive oil
1 1/2 cups finely chopped celery
2/3 cup minced shallots
1 tablespoon minced ginger or 1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 cups chopped tart apple (peeled)
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon curry powder
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1 1/2 cups apple juice
1/2 cup dry Sherry or additional apple juice
2 cups diced butternut squash (cooked if you are making the apple soup)
3 tablespoons white rice (I used basmati)
1/4 cup packed cilantro leaves
Salt, or to taste
Ground red pepper to taste
1. In a 3-quart saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the celery, shallots, and ginger (if using fresh); cook, stirring, until softened.
Add apples and cook, stirring, until softened;
stir in curry powder (and ginger if using ground) until absorbed.
2. Stir in the broth, coconut milk, juice, sherry, (raw) butternut squash (if making butternut squash soup) and rice; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 25 minutes or until rice is soft.
If you added the squash raw while the soup cooked, the soup will look like this:
Makes: 8 cups Serves: 8 to 10