Butternut Squash Apple Soup

Butternut Squash Apple Soup from justataste.com #recipe

Before you dismiss this recipe as “just another squash soup recipe,” allow me to tantalize your taste buds and captivate your appetite with the following: This butternut squash soup is more than just ground up gourds (as appetizing as that sounds). Not only does this recipe include tangy Granny Smith apples, it also stars a secret ingredient. And we all know how I feel about secret ingredients.

But perhaps highest on the list of enticements is that the creaminess of this soup doesn’t have a single thing to do with heavy cream or milk. The velvety texture is all thanks to a quick purée in the blender. In a matter of minutes, sturdy veggies transform into pourable, sippable, slurpable silk. And I’ve partnered with the generous team at KitchenAid to make sure this edible liquid gold makes an appearance on your holiday table.

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Butternut Squash Apple Soup from justataste.com #recipe

Butternut Squash Apple Soup from justataste.com #recipe

Butternut Squash Apple Soup from justataste.com #recipe

Butternut Squash Apple Soup from justataste.com #recipe

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Butternut Squash Apple Soup

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 45 min


1 cup diced pancetta
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
2 medium (about 3/4 pound) Yukon Gold potatoes
2 medium Granny Smith apples
1 1/2 pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (3 1/2 to 4 cups)
2 cups reduced sodium chicken stock
2 to 2 1/2 cups water
Sour cream, for serving

Equipment: blender


Cook the pancetta in a 6-quart heavy pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally until crisp, then transfer the pancetta with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate. Reserve 2 tablespoons of fat in the pot. (Add vegetable oil to equal 2 tablespoons if your pancetta is very lean.)

Add the celery, carrots and onions to the pot, reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Cook the vegetables, stirring occasionally, until softened but not brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the curry powder and cook, uncovered, stirring for 1 minute.

While the vegetables are cooking, peel and coarsely chop the potatoes. Peel, core and coarsely chop one apple.

Add the chopped potatoes, apple, butternut squash, stock, 2 cups water, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper to the pot. Simmer the mixture, uncovered, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are very tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

Purée the soup in four batches in a blender until smooth. Return the puréed soup to the cleaned pot and thin it with an additional 1/2 cup of water, if necessary. Heat the soup over low heat until warmed throughout then season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.

Cut the remaining apple into matchsticks then spoon the soup into bowls and garnish with a dollop of sour cream, a few apple matchsticks and the reserved pancetta.


  1. barbara n says

    I have always wanted to try making butternut squash soup and your recipe sounds delicious! so I would definitely give it a try!

  2. Sydney says

    Oh, if I had one of these, I would be making a lot of alternative sorts of sauces, such as cauliflower “alfredo” sauce or red pepper “tomato” sauce.

    Probably would make a few smoothies too ;)

  3. says

    In the winer, I’m obsessed with soups. Now, I have been cooking with a single serve blender that is messy and so hard to use. I would love to make some butternut squash soups, and other squash soups. I am a soup junkie and this would be a lifesaver in the kitchen.

  4. nosogirl says

  5. theresa judy says

    lov this would use it to make butternut squash soup an other soups perfect on cool days an u want soup,would also make smoothies all kinds,these would help me get rid of all other tools that I have to use save me time.thank u!!!

  6. Sarah says

    What WOULDN’T I make with it? Certainly my breakfast smoothies, but also soups and crepe batter. And a peanut butter chocolate milkshake….a lot.

  7. Noma says

    This looks delicious! I have been looking for a Pumpkin Curry soup recipe! I can’t wait to make it.Thank you, Kelly!

  8. Jo G. says

    Soups, smoothies, salsa, dips, puddings, sauces, ice cream, sunshine muffins, crepes….the “yum in the tum” list is endless!!! Thanks for the awesome recipe!!

  9. sarah m says

    I have two beautiful butternut squash sitting in my pantry waiting for the perfect soup recipe. So I would definitely start with this recipe!

  10. Justine says

    Wow! What a blog! Absolutely love everything about it! With my blender I would make strawberry and nuttlella milkshakes….a great treat that tastes just like a crepe! Yum

  11. Josh Ray says

    Our old blender fizzed out suddenly, so we have a lot of blending to catch up on.

    I’d start the day by making high-protein banana-strawberry smoothies for breakfast. For lunch, a nice, cold gazpacho. And for dessert, chocolate-peanut butter shakes. And then daquiris later that night!

    Like I said, we were hit kinda hard by the loss of our last blender, so we have quite a bit of mixing to catch up on. :)

  12. susan smoaks says

    Bonus Entry 1: ”Like” Just a Taste and KitchenAid on Facebook. Tony L Smoaks on facebook. I am a fan of both!

  13. Colleen R says

    Like everyone else here, I would make smoothies. I also saw someone had commented about frozen banana ice cream. That sounds awesome. I would do that, too. :)

  14. Cheryl H says

    I’ve never made any kind of gourd soup, but with a super duper KA blender I would definitely give it a “whirl”, HA! I may even see if my little blender will do the trick. Thanks for such great recipes!

  15. Judy says

    I’ll be making this soup (I have all of the ingredients) and lots of other soups over the winter. In the Spring I will make my fresh pea, spinach, scape soup. My 20 year old blender is starting to sound creaky, but it still works.

  16. Lloyd Gilman says

    Enter me in the KitchenAid contest.
    I would use the blender, i.a., when making Chef Joshua Gayer’s Wild Mushroom Lavender Soup.
    GOOGLE the dish and see the Jackson Hole newspaper’s article.

  17. Tonya Seilhan says

    That Blender screams for smoothies and Slushies (and a few alcoholic drinks come to mind.. a nice pina colada sounds VERY good right now)

  18. PATRICIA S. MARZ says

    BUTTERNUT SQUASH APPLE SOUP – I have a mental list of things I would like to try but… your soup would be the first.

  19. Emmalee says

    I would LOVE to use the blender to make smoothies and soup but my latest passion is making homemade peanut butter and almond butter! :)

  20. Noelle says

    Hmmmm… looks like so many delicious things could be made with this Kitchen Aide blender! But I’d probably use it most often to make my family’s morning smoothies :)
    Thanks for always having such awesome giveaways!

  21. Terryia says

    I would love to replace my old clunker blender. It sounds like it’s going to give out on my everytime I try to blend anything!

  22. Tracy R says

    I would make smoothies with my new Kitchen Aid blender. I’m eager to try green smoothies and this looks perfect for making one.

  23. Kelly says

    Definitely some juices and smoothies for breakfast and some delicious soup for lunch and dinner (I have my eye on a chipotle sweet potato bisque I’d like to try!) Thanks!

  24. Anna says

    I haven’t made a proper smoothie since my blender broke years ago, so that’s probably the first thing I’d do. I have several recipes that call for a blender, so I substitute my food processor, but it’s not quite the same!

  25. Charlene McClellan says

    P.S. I bet this soup is really good because it is very similar to a vegan curry apple butternut squash soup that I’ve been making for the past three years.

  26. mrs. z says

    I don’t know if the following are “dishes” but I would make smoothies, applesauce and salsa. Plus I would find dishes to make like your soup…sounds very good.

  27. Mike Walker says

    Since I currently don’t own a blender, I would make up for lost time by making milkshakes, smoothies, protein shakes and salsa’s/dips. Blenders make the best foods :)

  28. Aimee says

    I would use it for juicing and for dinner parties. As I have gotten older, I find a lot of value entertaining my friends and family. Therefore, I would use the blender to try out new recipes!

  29. Kristin says

    Woohoo! Gosh, I’d make so many soups, especially my fall favorites, potato and leek soup and butternut squash soup! Yum!

  30. Barbi Vogel says

    I would make butterscotch, and smoothies, mostly smoothies. This also looks like a great way to hide veggies from the kiddos in other foods. :0)

  31. Victoria says

    I would make butternut squash soup, carrot soup, potato soup, (sensing a theme), yogurt smoothies, and many other wonderful things that would be possible with such an excellent blender.

  32. Victoria says

    I’m actually making butternut squash soup right now to serve for lunch later and using many of the ingredients in this recipe along with a cinnamon stick that I will take out before blending the ingredients. I was looking for garnish ideas and the little apple sticks is a great idea.

  33. Annette says

    There’s a pea soup I make and it calls for a blender. My current blender leaks, so I have to use an immersion blender that just doesn’t work as well. So, if I won this blender, I’d definitely make that soup.

  34. Latoyia says

    That looks beautiful! I would use it to make pesto…I love a good pesto, but unfortunately my blender just isn’t up to the task…

  35. says

    I would make a smoothie consisting of kale, pears, tart green apples, and coconut milk.
    I have been a fan of your blog for over two years! I am so happy you have decided to add regular videos to your posts, keep you the great and delicious work! :)


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