Take your taste buds on a ride with this creamy Apple & Cheddar Butternut Squash Soup. Full of fall and winter seasonal produce, this soup is naturally gluten-free and can be made dairy-free with one simple change!
T-minus 7 days and counting until Christmas – who’s got all of their shopping done? 😉
I thankfully have taken care of all my gift shopping, however I do still need to hit up the stores to get the supplies for all the goodies I have planned for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. My parents and siblings are having their annual crab feast Christmas Eve dinner [yuck] so Ninja and I are on our own. I was planning on making him my Shepherd’s Pie since it is one of his all time favorite meals. As for Christmas day itself, I have been nominated by Mom#2 [and Little Sissy and Little Bro who just might have strangled me if I said no] to make my lasagna for dinner.
Until then though, lets talk about this Apple & Cheddar Butternut Squash Soup.
I’m going to be honest on this one, I really had no idea how this was going to turn out. Obviously I knew that apple and cheddar paired well and that apple and butternut squash paired well, but have you ever heard the phrase, “three’s a crowd?” Yeah – I was a little worried about that element.
Thankfully though, no one ingredient outshines the other in this soup. The apple flavor is subtle enough, the cheese is just enough and butternut squash does what it always does – it plays well with others.
Also, though this soup does contain cheese, that can easily be swapped out for a dairy-free cheese instead. Thanks to heat and an immersion blender [or blender in general], I think that most dairy-free cheeses would melt just fine. Someone try it and let me know? Or just wait long enough and I’ll do it myself and update you guys! 😉
As much as I adore butternut squash soup [which is a lot] I hardly ever make it because of how gosh darn difficult it is to cut those dang things. Has anyone invented a butternut squash peeler yet? If not, I hereby suggest that someone get on that because those things are absolutely dreadful to peel, slice, cut and chop. I’m fairly certain I almost removed several of my own fingers slicing the dang squash for this soup….
Though I’m definitely not saying it wasn’t worth it.
Next to hot chocolate, my diet has literally been made up of almost nothing but soup this past week thanks to this batch of apple & cheddar butternut squash soup. I totally planned that by the way – with Ninja out of town I opted to create a few recipes for the week that I was pretty much planning to live off of. Which I did. With the inclusion of hot chocolate, of course, because I apparently can’t live without it.
Has anyone else become addicted to any food this month? I kid you not, it’s like December hit and my body wanted all the hot chocolate and soup in the universe. So weird. Though I guess there could be worse things to be addicted too, right?
Alright, enough babbling!
If you are looking for a new soup to share with your family [or just make for yourself!] I would highly suggest this one. It’s creamy, smooth and loaded with all sorts of flavors that are bound to make your taste buds sing!
Though first you do have to get through a butternut squash. I apologize for that one!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped
- 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and chopped
- 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- 1 cup unsweetened apple cider [not vinegar!]
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil, onion, garlic and butternut squash. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until onion is translucent and the squash has begun to soften.
- Add the apple, broth, apple cider, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until squash has softened completely.
- Remove soup from heat. Using an immesion blender, blend soup until smooth. You can also transfer the soup to a blender.
- Once soup is smooth, stir in cheese until melted. Taste and add more salt and pepper as needed.
- Garnish with croutons, parsley and coconut milk, if desired.
Have you ever worried that a flavor combo won’t work?