Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

  • Yield: servings

Ingredients

3cups chopped, seeded and peeled butternut squash
1cup chopped onion
1 baking apple, cored and quartered (Macintosh, Jonathan or Granny Smith)
1/2teaspoon canola oil
1tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, minced
6cups vegetable stock, divided
1tablespoon cornstarch
1tablespoon curry powder
1/8teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2cup evaporated skim milk
2ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed

Instructions

  1. Combine squash, onion, apple and canola oil in a bowl. Toss to coat. Arrange vegetables in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 400F for 30 minutes. Remove roasted vegetables to a blender or food processor and add ginger, garlic and about 1 1/2 cups of the stock. Puree, adding more stock if necessary.
  2. Use a little of remaining stock to deglaze the baking sheet; pour into a large soup pot over medium heat. Combine 2 tablespoons of stock with cornstarch in a bowl and whisk until smooth.
  3. Toast curry powder in a dry skillet until it begins to give off a nutty fragrance. Add cornstarch mixture, curry powder, remaining stock, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper to soup pot. Cook until slightly thickened, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Add milk and cream cheese; heat through until the cheese melts. Correct seasonings. Serve hot, garnished with minced chives, if desired.

Recipe from Fresh: Healthy Cooking and Living from Lake Austin Spa Resort by chef Terry Conlan.

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