Butternut Squash and Apple Soup (vegan adaptation)

Submitted by Martha Tecca

A tasty vegan take on a hearty fall soup! Sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Martha’s magical tweaks to make the below recipe vegan:
*Used olive oil (no butter), and only about 4 Tablespoons total.
*Included some buttercup and blue hubbard squash, along with mostly butternut.
*Roasted halved squash until soft (375 degrees for 45-60 mins), scooped out the flesh, and added it to the pot after the onions and apples had simmered long enough for the apples to be soft.
*I used cider than apple juice.

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons good olive oil
4 cups chopped yellow onions (3 large)
2 tablespoons mild curry powder
5 pounds butternut squash (2 large)
1 1/2 pounds sweet apples, such as McIntosh (4 apples)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups good apple juice or cider

Warm the butter and olive oil in a large stockpot over low heat. Add the onions and curry powder and cook, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes, until the onions are tender. Stir occasionally, scraping the bottom of the pot.

Peel the squash, cut in half, and remove the seeds. Cut the squash into chunks. Peel, quarter, and core the apples. Cut into chunks.

Add the squash, apples, salt, pepper, and 2 cups of water to the pot. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 30 to 40 minutes, until the squash and apples are very soft. Process the soup through a food mill fitted with a large blade, or puree it coarsely in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade.

Pour the soup back into the pot. Add the apple juice and enough water to make the soup the consistency you like; it should be slightly sweet and quite thick. Check the salt and pepper and serve hot.

Recipe adapted from: https://barefootcontessa.com/recipes/butternut-squash-and-apple-soup

Works Cited: 

Garten, Ina. “Butternut Squash and Apple Soup: Recipes.” Barefoot Contessa, Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2001, https://barefootcontessa.com/recipes/butternut-squash-and-apple-soup.

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Shelby Wood
Manager of Program Development
CommunityCare of Lyme

Martha Tecca
Martha Tecca CommunityCare of Lyme
Interim Executive Director