Creamy Butternut Squash & Apple Soup

Creamy Butternut Squash & Apple Soup

4.4 of 5 (138)
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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 135.2
  • Total Fat: 3.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 7.9 mg
  • Sodium: 709.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 25.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.5 g
  • Protein: 3.9 g

View full nutritional breakdown of Creamy Butternut Squash & Apple Soup calories by ingredient


Introduction

Delicious first course for winter holiday meals. Delicious first course for winter holiday meals.
Number of Servings: 12

Ingredients

    2 tbsp unsalted butter
    1 medium yellow onion, chopped
    1 butternut squash, about 3 lbs., peeled, seeded & cut into 1" cubes
    6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
    4 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored & chopped
    1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
    4 pinches of Spanish saffron threads, about 1 tsp (optional) or 1 tsp sweet curry (optional)
    2 cups fat-free half & half
    Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions

In a large soup pot, over medium heat, melt butter and saute' onion, stirring occasionally, until tender, 4 to 6 minutes.
Add the squash and broth, bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low.
Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the squash is tender when pierced with a fork.
Add chopped apples, saffron or curry (if desired) and nutmeg.
Simmer until the apples are tender, stirring occasionally. Using a food processor or blender, puree the soup in batches until smooth.
Be extremely careful not to overfill the processor/blender container which could cause severe burns.
Return the soup to the pot and stir in half and half. Season, to taste with salt and pepper.


Number of Servings: 12

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user DONNAC1188.

Member Ratings For This Recipe


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    34 of 35 people found this review helpful
    YOU DON'T HAVE TO PEEL THE BUTTERNUT! JUST CUT IT IN HALF TAKE THE SEEDS OUT AND PLACE THE INNER PART OF THE BUTTERNUT FACE DOWN (THIS MEANS THE SKIN THAT YOU WOULD OF PEELED OFF IS FACING UP). WHEN DONE (IT WILL FEEL SOFT) .. SCOOP OUT THE SQUASH YUMMM! A LOT BETTER THEN PEELING!!! - 11/15/09


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    Very Good
    24 of 27 people found this review helpful
    I make a similar recipe, only I leave out the half & half...less fat and cholesterol. When serving I'll put a dollop of Fat Free yogurt on the soup with a sprinkling of chopped pecans. - 5/12/08


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    Incredible!
    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
    This soup is so delicious and surprisingly sweet! I used almond milk instead of half and half but it still turned out creamy and wonderful. Since I opted to use curry powder, rather than saffron, I topped the steaming soup with a dash of cinnamon, which really brought everything together nicely. - 11/23/11


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    Very Good
    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
    I converted this to a crockpot recipe for convenience. My guests didn't even know it was 'healthy'! - 11/27/08


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    Very Good
    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
    Made this yesterday to have for supper today. I used butter cup squash because that is what I have from the garden. I used curry and my locally picked apples, and 2% milk because I didn't want to go to the store for half & half. Was enjoyed by all. Great and easy recipe. - 11/1/09


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    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    For easy peeling of any hard squash: prick with tines of fork few times, microwave two mins. Then halve, peel, prepare and cook or crockpot the squash. - 1/19/10


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    Incredible!
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I used skim milk instead of half and half. Loved it, thanks for sharing! - 1/21/12


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    Incredible!
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Delicious! Added a bit of cinnamon with the nutmeg. - 1/11/09


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    Incredible!
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    great soup. We left out the half and half and just topped each bowl with a small amount of fat free plain yogurt. - 11/22/08


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    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Try some low fat coconut milk ---- it is so crazy delicious! - 11/28/10


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    Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    if i make this again, i will reduce the half and half as it ended up too creamy. it's tasty, though! - 10/7/08


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    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    this is just like a recipe I have made for years except I have never used the fat free half & half - so I am really excited about making that change (from, I hate to tell you, heavy cream)! And I don't use saffron - the curry flavor is perfect. - 11/22/08


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    Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    What a great idea to combine butternut squash with tangy apples! - 5/12/08


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    Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Love it!! I cooked the squash in the oven beforehand with a little olive oil, Salt and Pepper. It made it so much easier to peel it and reduced the cooking time. I did not add the cream and the soup was still fantastic. Thank you for Sharing!! - 1/4/13


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    Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I made this tonight without the 1/2 & 1/2 and I roasted the butternut. This was delicious. I put a drizzle of Maple Syrup on the kids to entice them...it worked!
    It is a wonderful soup!
    - 10/19/08


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    Incredible!
    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I agree with missveganlove that I would subsititute olive oil for butter, Vegetarian broth for chicken broth and soy milk for half and half. This is a great recipe for a fast lunch or a snack. I will definitely make it! - 5/11/08


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    Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    i would make this again and again and again! my 16yo boy liked it very much also. just 1 prob. - does anyone know an easy way to peel butternut squash? - 5/7/08


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    Incredible!
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This great recipe is wide open for improvisation! The first time I used 2 tsp. curry in the butter with the onion to develop the curry flavor. I've made it with persimmon pulp too. I like HEHC2GOOD's herbs and I've used apple juice instead of cream and yam instead of squash! FUN to play with. - 1/8/08


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    Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Delicious! - 10/15/12


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I loved this! And I left out the cream and didn't miss it at all. Also cut the effort- left the peel on the apples and blended with an immersion blender instead of a stand blender and still perfectly smooth but extra fiber from the peels and easier clean up! - 2/10/11


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I roasted the squash for 1 hour, split in half cut side down on a foiled cookie sheet 350 1 hour. Followed the rest exactly, lovely, topped with spoonful of low fat sour cream. Yummy - 1/17/11


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I added a dash of cinnamon and paprika. I think it was too much onion, so next time, I'll probably only use 1/2 or mybe even a 1/4 of an onion...BUT absolutely incredible! Thanks for sharing! - 11/30/09


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    Incredible!
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Time consuming to peel and cube the squash and apples but so delicious! A wonderful fall soup that is being added to my repertoire! My slight adjustments were a lot of pepper and using half soy milk, half 2% milk instead of half and half since that's what I had in the house. Thanks for the recipe! - 10/23/09


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    Incredible!
    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    so yummy!!! I make it with vegatable broth ...a nice meal for someone that cannot have glueten. - 10/28/08


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    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I have a similar recipe using pumpkin puree instead which works great! Curry should be added to the onion and oil just before the onion is cooked to get the best results! While half & half makes a richer soup, I use 1% or skim milk instead. - 5/11/08


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    Yet another wonderful way to enjoy squash and apples . . . . 2 of my favorite foods.

    - 3/19/21


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    thanks - 3/14/21


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    Most excellent - 1/12/21


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    Where does 709.8 mg of sodium come from? - 1/5/21


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    thanks - 12/27/20


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    Yummy - 12/19/20


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    Im not sure about the half and half would it be good with just mile? - 12/19/20


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    Sounds delicious. - 11/14/20


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    Looks good - 11/7/20


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    Good
    OK - 10/29/20


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    Incredible!
    yum - 10/18/20


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    Great! - 5/14/20


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    Incredible!
    I love this soup and make it regularly. We cut and oven roast the squash. The flesh is easily scooped out of the skin after 35 minutes. So delicious! - 4/4/20


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    Sounds really tasty - 4/1/20


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    On my To-Cook list! - 2/6/20


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    Incredible!
    This was so good. Love fixing this on a cold snowy or rainy day. Or just on a cold day. - 1/8/20


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    looks good - 1/1/20


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    This sounds so good. I am excited to try it after I shop for ingredients. - 12/30/19


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    Squash and apple are a natural combination. I used whole milk rather than fat free dairy, it was really creamy and good. - 12/10/19


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    Incredible!
    this is so good, I love it. - 10/18/19


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    This was delicious. The only adjustments made was I used 2% milk instead of half and half and both reduced the amount of broth added and used vegetable broth vs chicken broth. - 10/17/19


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    Awesome! - 10/11/19


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    Very Good
    Thanks for sharing - 9/23/19


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    Great - 8/4/19


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    Nice - 6/2/19


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    Very Good
    Delicious and easy especially if you buy the squash already cut up! Used skim milk instead of half and half. - 4/16/19


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    This was pretty easy, and was a good lunch. A little leaning toward a sweet-spice sort of flavor, but was a nice offset to a jalapeņo quesadilla. - 2/11/19


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    This looks good - 12/23/18


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    thank you - 12/23/18


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    Very Good
    Great winter soup. - 12/21/18


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    Incredible!
    I love this Creamy Butternut Squash & Apple Soup Recipe! Yummy!
    - 12/19/18


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    Incredible!
    Yummy! I added cinnamon and loved it! - 11/26/18


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    Looks delicious - 11/20/18


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    Very Good
    Sweet. - 11/19/18


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    Nice recipe for colder days - 11/14/18


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    wonderful - 11/9/18


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    interesting - 10/30/18


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    Incredible!
    Delicious and easy to make! - 10/29/18


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    another great fall soup - 10/24/18


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    Yummy!!! - 10/23/18


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    O.K.
    once was enough - 10/21/18


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    loved it and will try some of the comment suggestions - 10/14/18


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    This soup is so good. Better than any I have had in a restaurant or from a store. I will make it again & again. - 6/16/18


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    good soup - 5/27/18


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    Hope this tastes similar to the one at Panera. - 4/29/18


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    Incredible!
    very tasty with or without cream. - 4/6/18


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    Incredible!
    Absolutely delicious!! Love it! - 12/31/17


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    Very Good
    I'm making it tomorrow! - 12/9/17


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    Very Good
    Just made this but I did not add the half and half and it is extremely thick and creamy. I also added some fresh grated ginger as well. Very good. - 11/3/17


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    Interesting taste, but a lot of work and tons of cleanup. - 10/5/17


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    Incredible!
    Love it. - 7/29/17


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    Very Good
    Delicious! I used coconut milk in place of half and half. Thanks for sharing! I took the suggestion someone posted below and added a pinch of cinnamon! YUM! - 6/8/17


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    Good
    Going to try this one! - 5/20/17


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    Incredible!
    Love this recipe, making it for the 2nd time now. I will try not peeling the squash like recommended by another comment when I make it next time. - 3/26/16


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    Incredible!
    I added cumin, nutmeg, cinnamon, mild curry and saffron. Absolutely delicious. - 12/9/15


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    Very Good
    This soup is very good. I think I would bake it first... I listened to another cook and only half peeled the apples. That did not work for me and for my submersible blender. I had to strain the soup. I had bought the fat free half and half before reading... tasted before and after. Better without. - 11/1/15


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    I just made this. I microwave the whole squash, then I only use the part above the seeds. I used 1 apple, 1 squash, Top of the celery head, onion garlic peppercorns,saffron, curry and 1 can of swansons chicken broth. Then I put it all in the Vitamix and put it on "hot soup" setting. Delish - 10/2/15


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    Excellent - 9/22/15


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    Incredible!
    I agree, roast the squash, then scoop it out. Milk rather than half and half. - 9/22/15


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    How large is a serving? I don't see that listed..(just that it makes 12 servings). - 1/6/15


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    Very Good
    Very hard to peel squash but it is yummy. - 11/3/14


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    Incredible!
    Great autumn flavored soup! Thanks! - 10/5/14


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    Very Good
    Tasty and easy. I omitted the half-and-half and it was still great. - 10/1/14


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    I'm serving this wonderful soup on Thanksgiving! - 11/26/13


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    This soup was simply delicious, I would add just a little less sugar next time but I loved it. It was smooth and quite tasty, I also added some ginger to my soup. - 11/19/13


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    Incredible!
    I made this soup for lunch today , however I had too much broth , so luckily I did strain a lot off before blending and used fatfree cream also added more curry along with cinnamon. This was very tasty ! Would also be good with some bacon bits or sausage but this is meatless Monday for my family. - 11/11/13


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    Very Good
    I used milk instead of half/half and also added a dash of cinnamon. Good soup! It makes quite a bit so I froze much of it so that it's an easy grab-and-go for lunch at work. - 10/22/13


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    Good
    I followed the recipe exactly. I didn't add the optional saffron as it's expensive. It was very easy to make and the result was a creamy, smooth, tasty soup. - 10/15/13


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    this is a real nice recipe. i cook for one. recipes often, when altered for number of servings, don't tast the same. why dont' recipes come with advice for changing number of servings without changing the taste? especially those as flavorful as this one. - 10/15/13


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    Incredible!
    so good! - 10/14/13


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    wow! that tip about boiling the squash and then scooping it out made all the difference for me. thanks!! - 10/14/13


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    I have a similar one I do with pumpkin. I think I'll try this substituting coconut oil and milk/cream for the butter and cream. I love fall! - 10/14/13


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    Incredible!
    Delicious! - 9/2/13


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    Incredible!
    Yummy soup but I use 3 cups water to 2 cups broth.. Less sodium and salt and 1/2 cup of light cream and clove.
    - 3/12/13


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    Very Good
    Delicious! You could vary the seasonings on this to suit your taste. Haven't tried freezing it yet, but I think it would freeze well also. - 3/2/13