First Fall Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup With A Twist

The air is suddenly crisp. My neon pink sandals are tucked away. My cotton sundresses have been moved to the back of my closet. As much as I hate that summer is over, I’m loving that autumn has arrived. Sure, New York will still  have some balmy days ahead of us, but I’m ready for leather jackets (leather is a big trend right now!) and to start cooking for fall. Especially soups. This week I tried a new recipe for butternut squash soup and it was delicious. Dean and I both had two bowls of it for dinner and when he woke up at 4am last night he said he seriously considered a third bowl.

Butternut Squash Soup With Apple Chicken Sausage
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Ingredients
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 ounces cooked chicken-apple sausage, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 4 cups cubed peeled butternut squash (1 small to medium squash)
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • 2½ cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ½ cup fresh sage or parsley leaves

Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl using a slotted spoon. Add the squash, carrots, celery, onion, chicken broth, 2½ cups water and ¾ teaspoon salt to the pot. Cover and bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low and continue simmering until the vegetables are tender, about 15 more minutes.
  2. Puree the soup in a blender in batches (or just do it right in the pot with my favorite hand blender tool), then return to the pot along with the sausage. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm.
  3. Ladle the soup into bowls.
  4. (Optional upgrade: Heat ⅓ cup olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. When the oil is very hot, add sage leaves in batches and fry, turning, until dark green and crisp, about 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.)

Feeling very soupy today? Check out Love Them Madly’s Amazing Tomato Soup!
What’s your favorite dish for the fall?
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Comments

  1. Made this a couple days ago and it was absolutely amazing. Love the subtle apple and the sausage just pulled it over the top. Really great, thanks for sharing!

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