Friday, October 5, 2018

Butternut Squash Apple Soup: 3 Easy-to-Overlook Steps That Make it Taste EXTRA Good!

 Three tips to put to the test the next time you make soup!
Butternut Squash Apple Soup

Great tasting homemade soup is usually a result of following the simple advice we hear from chefs, or read in cookbooks and magazines.

When I follow their tips, like the three listed below, I get better results.

The good news is, each one is easy to accomplish. The bad news is, they are just as easy to overlook.

More Savory Flavor

Try this once, if you haven't before. Use a chopped leek as a substitute when following a soup recipe that calls for a yellow onion.

Chopping Leek to Make Extra Good Butternut Squash Soup

Yes, leeks are big, bulky, and more expensive.

But see for yourself if the leeks mild flavor heightens the savory flavor of your favorite soup.

My bet is you will like what you taste!!!

Better Consistency

“Add just enough liquid to cover the ingredients in the pot”

It's a saying ingrained in my head thanks to the many chefs I used to watch cook soup on television.

Pouring Broth into Pot to Make Extra Good Butternut Squash Soup!

Ignore this advice, and be prepared for a pureed soup that is either too thin or overly thick like baby food.

This time when I prepared the Butternut Squash Apple Soup recipe below, I followed the advice.

My wife’s comment: “this is the perfect consistency!”

Holy Butternut works!

"Taste and Season as You Cook"

Another nugget of sound advice we hear from the pros.

Seasoning Soup to Make it Taste Extra Good!

But again, it is sooo easy not to:

  • Season once, when the vegetables go in the pot
  • Season again, before adding the broth
  • Then taste, and season (if necessary) just before serving

But if you do: notice how perfectly seasoned your soup tastes straight from the pot! Then give evil glares to anyone who says "pass the salt". 😉

For 7 more ways to make homemade soup taste extra good, check out my video on YouTube. ⬇⬇⬇

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Butternut-Squash Apple Soup
Makes: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 to 25 minutes

  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 leek chopped (white and light green parts only)
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Paula Red or McIntosh apple, cored, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and cubed
  • 3 cups chicken broth (or just enough to cover vegetables in pot)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (depending on broth you use, I use no-salt version)
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped fresh chives to garnish (optional)


1. In a large soup pot,  melt butter over medium heat. Add leeks, carrots, apples, brown sugar, and nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir until vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add squash and potato. Season with salt and pepper before adding chicken broth. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until vegetables are very tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat.

2. Puree soup, with a blender until smooth. Taste and season again with salt and pepper (if necessary). Ladle hot soup into serving bowls and garnish with chives (if using).

Brent Garell from Cookapalooza
Hi, Brent here. If you like this recipe, you might like my previous one which is a Sweet Potato Nacho Recipe. Totally addictive...but good for you!

Click the recipe link 👆 to check it out. Cheers!

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