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Roasted Acorn Squash and Apple Soup

A rich and silky soup made with roasted acorn squash, onion, apple, chicken stock and love!
Course Soup
Cuisine Comfort Food
Servings 4
Author Dana Blacklock

Ingredients

  • 2 acorn squash
  • 2 sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 2 apples peeled and cubed, I used honeycrisp
  • 1 red onion cut into chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 4 cups of vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

OPTIONAL:

  • Roasted squash seeds see notes
  • Chives
  • Sour cream

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut each acorn squash in half. Scoop out the seeds and set aside.
  • Place each acorn squash on a baking sheet, opened side up.
  • Place the cubed sweet potatoes and apples in a large bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Cover and toss to coat.
  • Dump the potatoes and apples onto the baking sheet around the squash.
  • Place the onions on the baking sheet.
  • Bake everything for approx. 30 minutes or until the squash is tender.
  • When the squash is tender (test with a fork), remove the baking sheet from the oven and let cool.
  • Carefully scoop out the edible part of the squash and place in a medium sized stock pot.
  • Carefully transfer the sweet potatoes, apples and onions to the stock pot as well.
  • With the stock pot over moderate heat, add the butter and season with sea salt and pepper to taste.
  • Once the butter is melted, add the chicken (or vegetable) stock. Bring to a simmer.
  • Once the soup reaches a simmer, cover and let cook for approx. 5 minutes.
  • Carefully transfer the contents of the stock pot to a blender or food processor (in batches if needed), and puree until you get the consistency you desire.
  • Top with optional garnishes. (See notes for squash seed preparation)

Notes

Squash seed preparation:
Bring a small pot of salted water to a boil. You only need to fill the pot enough to cover the small amount of seeds.
Rinse the squash seeds under cool water, ridding them of any gunk.
Place them in the boiling salt water and let them boil for approx. 5 minutes.
Drain, pat them dry, and let them sit out for a while to dry.
Drizzle them with olive oil and sea salt, toss to coat, and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for approx. 7 mins or until golden brown (it depends on your oven, so keep a close eye on them!)