Sour Apple & Butternut Squash Soup

A great way to warm up on those dreary fall days


2 leeks, white and light green part only, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups butternut squash, peeled, cut into 1 inch chunks
4 apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1 inch chunks (Granny Smith, Staymen Winesap or other tart varieties)
6 cups chicken broth (Veggie stock is an option)
1 tablespoon curry powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sour cream
salt and pepper to taste.
1/4 cup chopped chives


In a large pot, melt the butter, and sweat the leeks until half their volume, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, and continue to saute for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper, add the curry powder and the cinnamon and toast for 2 minutes. Add the squash and apples, stirring well to ensure they are evenly coated by the spices. Saute for 5 minutes. Pour in the broth, bring to a boil, and taste for seasoning. Continue to simmer the soup until apples and squash are well-softened, about 25 minutes. Puree with an immersion blender till smooth, or run through a food processor in batches. taste for seasoning.

Serve with a drizzle of sour cream and a sprinkle of chives on top.

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