Creamy Squash and Apple Soup

Hearty homemade soups go well with a salad and whole grain bread. Top the salad with garbanzo beans or ¼ cup of nuts for added protein.


  • 5-¾ cups fat-free, less sodium chicken broth
  • 1 small (1-inch) cubed, peeled butternut squash (about 1 ½ pounds)
  • 1 large peeled sweet potato, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 teaspoons butter, divided 2 cups vertically sliced onion
  • 1-½ cups sliced peeled Granny Smith apple
  • 1-tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


1. Combine chicken broth, butternut squash and sweet potatoes in a Dutch oven, bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until squash and potato are tender. Remove squash and potato from pan w/ a slotted spoon, reserving broth. Mash squash mixture to desired consistency.

2. While squash and potato cook, melt 1-teaspoon butter in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and apple, cook 20 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Remove onion mixture from pan, set aside. Increase heat to medium-high. Melt remaining 3-teaspoons butter in pan. Add flour, cook for 5 minutes or until golden brown, stirring constantly with a whisk. Gradually add one cup reserved broth, and cook for 3 minutes or until slightly thickened.

3. Add the thickened broth mixture, mashed squash mixture, onion mixture, salt, and pepper to remaining broth in Dutch oven. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Yield 8 servings serving size: 1 cup

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 115 Fat: 2.1 g (sat.1.2g, mono 0.5g,poly 0.1g)
  • Protein: 3.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 22.8g
  • Fiber: 2.9g
  • Cholesterol: 5 mg
  • Iron: 0.9mg
  • Sodium: 546 mg
  • Calcium: 59 mg

From Cooking Light, November 2004

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