Autumn Wellness Boost: Squash and Apple Soup

Ta da! … squash and apple soup!

Recipes for utilizing the different types of squashes available in the winter season

Winter squash is the epitome of the autumn harvest. Round, oblong, green, orange, variegated—hardy winter squash are abundant right now. They’re absolutely gorgeous and hard to resist because they last so long in your winter pantry, anywhere from four weeks to six months, depending on the variety. You can enjoy their beauty for a while before deciding how you’ll prepare them.

At one point, I had four of them on the kitchen counter, and they sat patiently for a few weeks before I decided that’s it, we’re doing a blitz on roasted squash around here. I think I was tired of moving them around to wipe the dust off the counter. I’m like that.

The benefits of eating roasted butternut squash in season for winter

Anyway, squash is one of those vegetables that I don’t didn’t rush out of my way to buy, partly out of fear. It still kind of freaks me out. I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you I still have visions of having my chef’s knife taking a wrong turn and slicing my left hand open from wrist to fingertip.

Those rinds are hard suckers; there’s no getting around it. Tackling four at once helped to squash (sorry, bad pun) take away the fear, and I’m mostly over it now. In fact, I just bought a kabocha squash today, and it’s going on the chopping block this weekend.

The best advice I have for cutting into squash is to take it slow. Super slow. Have a decent cutting board and knife, keep your fingers safe, and don’t be in a rush. Once you’ve cut a squash in half, do a happy dance because the worst part is over. And the result will be so very, very rewarding.

The benefits of eating seasonal and substantial butternut squash and apple soup

The roasting blitz turned out to be a catalyst for a few new favorites around here. First up, squash and apple soup. It’s substantial for a blustery winter day yet not too heavy, creamy with the addition of coconut milk, and has a lovely depth of flavor from not only the apple but from roasting the squash before it’s simmered with the onion, garlic, and other soup ingredients.

Take a deep breath, and a sharp knife, cut into that squash rind and don’t look back.

You can do this. And you’ll be very glad you did.

How to cook a nutritious soup of seasonal roasted butternut squash and apple for winter

Roasted Squash & Apple Soup

Roasting the squash before you add it to the soup adds a subtle depth of flavor. It is an easy, yet impressive, soup to make for guests or when you need to warm up from the cold. Adapted from John Bishop’s Butternut Squash and Apple Soup from his Simply Bishop’s book.


  • 1 medium squash (butternut, kabocha), peeled and cut into 1-inch dice

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons garam masala

  • 2 Fuji apples, cored, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch dice

  • 1/4 cup dry sherry

  • 4 cups chicken stock

  • 1 14-ounce can coconut milk

  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 1/2 Fuji apple

  • slices of cambozola cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place squash cubes on a foil-lined baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil, and, using your hands, toss the cubes to lightly coat with the oil. Place the baking sheet in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned.

  2. In a large soup pot, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and the butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add cumin, garam masala, and apple. Cook, stirring gently, for 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. Deglaze the pan with the sherry, and stir to loosen the browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Add stock, bring to a boil on medium-high heat and then turn the heat to low. Cover and simmer until the apple is softened, about 10 minutes.

  4. Add the roasted squash to the pot, stir in coconut milk, remove from the stove and let cool for 15 minutes.

  5. In batches, puree the soup in a blender or food processor until smooth. Pour the soup into a soup pot, and season with salt and pepper.

  6. To serve, reheat gently over medium-low heat. Ladle soup into warmed bowls and top with julienned apple slices and a piece of cambozola.


If you like cambozola cheese (and who doesn’t?), a lovely accompaniment to the soup is to serve crostini spread with cambozola cheese and thinly sliced apple. Heavenly.

This recipe is reprinted with permission from Ant & Anise.

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We’re Eve and Kris, an aunt and a niece. We love food. And while we have a lot in common in our approach, we also have our differences. So why not hash it out in a blog? Ant and Anise is a conversation about food in our lives, past and present. We like real food that doesn’t take hours to prepare but has something unexpected about it. It helps if it’s pretty, too.

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