Apple Pumpkin Soup, recipe provided below (adapted from Babble)
- 2 – 15 oz cans pumpkin puree
- 6 cupschicken or vegetable stock
- 2/3 cups applesauce
- 2 granny smith, or other tart apples, diced
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon sage
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup cream
- kosher salt
- olive oil
1. Preheat large soup pot. Drizzle with olive oil. Add diced onion, apples and a little kosher salt. Saute until onions are translucent. Add chicken or vegetable stock, apple sauce, and spices. Bring to a boil and cook until apples are very tender.
2. Add pumpkin and brown sugar and cook for 10 – 15 minutes over medium heat. Use a submersible blender to blend soup until it is smooth. You can also use your blender to blend the soup in batches. Add cream to soup and heat through, but do not boil. Add more cream or water if desired to thin out more. Remove from heat and serve. Garnish with sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, dried apple slices or hazelnuts.
Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup, recipe provided below (adapted from Cooking Classy)
- 1/3 cup butter, sliced
- 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 6 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 (12 oz) cans evaporated milk
- 5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 5 cups small diced broccoli florets*
- 1/8 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 12 oz sharp cheddar cheese, freshly shredded (or more to taste)
- 2 oz parmesan cheese, freshly & finely shredded
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and saute until they begin to soften, about 3 - 4 minutes. Add garlic, flour and season lightly with salt and pepper then cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. While whisking, slowly pour in evaporated milk (whisk well to smooth). Cook mixture, stirring constantly until it begins to thicken then pour into a slow cooker along with chicken broth, diced broccoli and thyme. Cover with lid and cook on HIGH heat for 2 1/2 - 3 hours or low heat for 6 hours.
- Turn heat to warm (or off) and stir in heavy cream, then add in shredded cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese and stir to blend. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve warm.
*From about 20 oz broccoli crowns, large stems cut off and discarded (or reserved for another use), florets diced into small pieces.
Butternut Squash Soup, recipe provided below (adapted from My Baking Addiction)
- 1 large butternut squash, or 2 small (about 4 lbs total), peeled, seeded and cubed
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- kosher salt
- black pepper
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 apples, peeled and sliced (I used Gala)
- 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated or minced (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- pinch of ground cardamom (optional)
- 3 cups of stock (chicken, turkey or vegetable)
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Spread squash in a single layer on prepared baking sheet and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, tossing the squash to coat. Roast squash for 30 minutes or until tender and the edges are caramelized. Allow to cool slightly.
2. In a heavy bottomed pot or Dutch oven, heat remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and butter over medium heat. When butter is melted, add apples, ginger, onion, cinnamon, allspice and cardamom (if using). Cook, stirring frequently, until apples and onions are soft and mixture is fragrant, about 10 minutes. Add roasted squash and stock to the pot and bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
3. Working in small batches, carefully transfer soup to blender and puree until smooth. Return soup to the pot and simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Adjust seasonings for salt and pepper. Serve!