The original recipe printed in the 2014 Milk Calendar was actually called “Curried Squash and Apple Soup”, however, neither my husband or I like curry so I don’t even have the spice in the house and I certainly wasn’t going to buy some just for this recipe! But it was amazing, even without the extra spice.
I changed a few things (don’t I always???) because of lack of ingredients, etc, but I’m sure the overall effect was pretty much the same. I’m going to write the recipe the way I made it and, if you want the curried (real) version you can click on the links above to go to the milk calendar website.
Squash and Apple Soup:
1 Tbsp butter
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 med butternut or large acorn squash, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 cups of homemade, spiced applesauce (I can my own every year and only add a bit of cinnamon – no sugar) OR 2 apples peeled and chopped
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups milk (warmed)
Salt and pepper
1. In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; saute for about 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in squash (and if using whole apples add here as well). Saute for 2 minutes. Add chicken broth, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes or until squash and apples (if using) are soft.
2. Using a blender, puree until smooth (this is where I added the applesauce since I didn’t use whole apples.
3. Stir in warm milk and reheat soup over medium heat, stirring, until steaming (do not let boil). Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle into warm bowls and garnish with fresh herbs if desired.
The calendar also offers some variations like adding 1-2 carrots and cauliflower with the squash in step one or adding cheese to it (which sounds yummy!)
This was also pretty fast to make – the calendar says 15 minutes prep and 35 minutes cook time (I think it took a little longer…but not much). So you could potentially make this in less than an hour. Also, it made a pretty good-sized pot so it would be good if you have company with some homemade bread or sweet potato scones**(recipe to come).
It was pretty much a hit at supper (and yes, he’s still wearing his pj’s from the night before…when I tried to dress him yesterday his response was “no wanta clothes!” what’s a mom to do? Some things are not worth fighting over, lol) I was lucky to get him to eat supper!!!