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Recipe

Butternut Squash Soup with Apple & Bacon

Featured in our 2017 Thanksgiving Guide
Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields about 6-1/2 to 7 cups.

Servings: 6-7

Smoky bacon, herby sage, and sweet apple give this squash soup layers of flavor.

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Ingredients

  • 8 slices bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch strips
  • 2-1/2 lb. butternut squash (about 1 medium), peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch dice (to yield about 6 cups)
  • 1 small Granny Smith or other tart-sweet apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch dice (to yield about 1 cup)
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. finely chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups homemade or low-salt chicken or vegetable broth

Nutritional Information

      Nutritional Sample Size based on seven servings
      Calories (kcal) : 130
      Fat Calories (kcal): 35
      Fat (g): 4
      Saturated Fat (g): 1.5
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0.5
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1.5
      Cholesterol (mg): 10
      Sodium (mg): 370
      Carbohydrates (g): 19
      Fiber (g): 4
      Protein (g): 7

Preparation

  • In a 5-quart or larger stockpot set over medium heat, cook the bacon, stirring occasionally, until crisp and golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels.
  • Increase heat to medium high. Add the squash to the pot with the bacon fat and cook until lightly browned, 4 to 6 minutes (resist the urge to stir it too often or it won’t brown). Stir in the apple, sage, salt, and pepper and cook for about 4 minutes (you’ll see more browning occur on the bottom of the pot than on the vegetables). Add the broth, scraping up any browned bits in the pot with a wooden spoon. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to maintain a simmer, and cook until the squash and apples are very soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool somewhat.
  • Add about half the bacon to the soup and purée, using a stand or immersion blender (you’ll need to work in batches if using a stand blender). Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. Reheat the soup and garnish each serving with the remaining bacon.

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  • pokano | 10/03/2017

    I made the recipe as written except that I used a honeycrisp apple. Delish! The next time, however, I think I will add a bit more apple. Maybe 1 1/2 cups. I liked the hints of tart-sweetness, but would like more. This was a quick and easy recipe (especially if you have an immersion blender). The servings estimate must be for appetizer servings, however.

  • LArcher | 11/08/2016

    This soup was excellent! I followed the instructions as stated except I did not blend the bacon into the soup at the end. We just topped the soup with the bacon bits. I loved the flavors of apple and squash together and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked the bacon undertones of the soup. I think the bacon smoothed out the sweetness of the apple and the squash. This also came together so very quickly. I will definitely be making this again!

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