Butternut Squash and Apple Soup (with Pressure Cooker Option) Recipe

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Inspired by a recipe from New Paradigm Cooking (Sandbach, Terranova and Ware), I chose to forego the cookbook’s recommended 30 minutes simmering time in a stockpot, for a pressure cooker rendition which cut the cooking time to well under 10 minutes total. Now that’s dinner-in-a-flash! Proportions of other ingredients were tweaked in addition. Both cooking methods are mentioned below so you can choose what will work best for you. Grated Granny Smith apples are the surprise and tasty crunch in each spoonful of this nourishing soup. Yield is 7 cups soup, sufficient for 7 or 8 first course soup servings, or 4 to 5 main course soup servings. Substitute pumpkin for butternut squash. Easily converts to vegetarian.

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Servings: 7 servings


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  • 6 cups chicken stock (or water)
  • 6 cups chopped peeled butternut squash (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced celery
  • 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt (I used Greek nonfat)
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored & grated (about 1 ½ cups total)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Salt to taste (optional)
  • Sour cream for garnish (optional)


  2. Bring the chicken stock to a boil in stockpot. Add the squash, onion and celery.
  3. Simmer for 20-30 minutes until squash is tender. Drain, reserving the broth.
  4. Puree cooked squash in food processor. Add to reserved broth and bring both to a boil.
  5. Remove from heat. Stir in yogurt, apple, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt (optional.)
  6. Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with a dollop of sour cream (optional.)
  8. Combine chicken stock, squash, onion and celery in a 4 ½ -5 quart pressure saucepan.
  9. Cover and adjust lid. Cook at 15 pounds pressure for 5 minutes (start cooking time when control indicates pressure is reached. Cooking time can only be approximate because of variations in altitude, or vegetable age/quality, etc.)
  10. Reduce pressure instantly by running cold water on pressure pan lid in sink.
  11. When air is exhausted remove pressure valve and lid.
  12. Continue following soup directions as in Step 3 above beginning with “Drain, reserving the broth”.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 390g
Recipe makes 7 servings
Calories 112  
Calories from Fat 20 18%
Total Fat 2.23g 3%
Saturated Fat 1.34g 5%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 351mg 15%
Potassium 638mg 18%
Total Carbs 19.97g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3.6g 12%
Sugars 8.39g 6%
Protein 4.98g 8%
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  • Amos Miller
    This is an outstanding recipe, gently-spiced and well balanced. The choice of Greek yogurt is perfect, because it is creamier than most commercial yorgurts. I did incorporate a 1/2 tsp of cornflour and 1/4 tsp cornstarch to the yogurt before adding it to the puree and broth to prevent the yogurt from separating. That does not change flavors at all. I also added 1/4 tsp of ground white pepper when the soup was removed from the stove, but only because I like a little snap. I believe that a little ground ginger would also work, perhaps even better than the white pepper, if one looks for that bit of bite. A totally delicious mid-Winter soup - and a great way to use our bounty of butternut squash before Winter ends. Thanks, dear Salad Foodie!!
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
    This is a variation
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    • Salad Foodie
      February 27, 2012
      I love your suggestions and will incorporate them on my next butternut soup event! Thanks for the review and ideas.

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