Butternut Squash Soup

"I love how making soup really warms you up. If you use precut squash, this one is even easier," says Katie.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 25 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

1 2 1/2-pound butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes (about 4 cups)

1 large apple, peeled, cored and cut into sixths

1 medium yellow onion, cut into sixths

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 clove garlic

4 sprigs thyme

1 bay leaf

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400˚. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Place the squash, apple and onion on the baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil, season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and toss to combine. Roast until fork-tender, 40 to 45 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make a sachet with the garlic, thyme and bay leaf (tie in a bundle using cheesecloth and twine). Bring the chicken broth and sachet to a low boil in a stockpot over high heat. Add the roasted apple, onion and squash (set aside a few cubes of the roasted squash for topping). Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and remove the sachet. Use an immersion blender, or transfer to a blender in small batches, and blend until smooth and creamy. Season the soup with additional salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and top with the reserved roasted squash.