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Chai-Spiced Butternut Squash Soup with Apple Cream

Serves 6
Time 45 min
Ease into the cooler months with this soup featuring butternut squash and the warm, inviting spices of chai-cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, ginger and cardamom. Apple cider in both the soup and garnish adds a touch of sweetness.
Special Diets:
Ingredients
  • Apple Cream
  • 1/2 cup crème fraîche
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 medium butternut squash, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 3 cups)
  • 3/4 cup chopped fennel
  • 3 1/2 cups gluten-free low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
Method

First, make the apple cream: combine crème fraîche, apple cider and cinnamon in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate to allow the flavors to combine.

For the soup, melt the butter in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. 

Add onions and cook, stirring frequently, until translucent, about 6 minutes. 

Stir in cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, ginger and cardamom. 

Cook until fragrant, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. 

Stir in butternut squash, fennel, chicken stock and apple cider. 

Cover, reduce heat to medium and cook until the butternut squash is tender, about 15 minutes. 

Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

Blend the soup in small batches until smooth. 

Return to the pot and stir in milk and salt. 

Bring soup to a simmer about medium heat. 

Taste and adjust seasoning, adding more spice if desired. Serve soup with a generous drizzle of apple cream.

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  • Apple Cream
  • 1/2 cup crème fraîche
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 medium butternut squash, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 3 cups)
  • 3/4 cup chopped fennel
  • 3 1/2 cups gluten-free low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt