Butternut Squash and Apple Soup With Cider Cream

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“In 'Sunday Soup' by Betty Rosbottom”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt the butter in a large pot over med-high heat; when hot, add in the squash, leeks, carrots, and celery; saute/stir until vegetables have softened slightly, 10-12 minutes.
  2. Add in apples, thyme, and sage; add in stock and 1 cup cider.
  3. Bring mixture to a simmer; decrease heat, cover, and simmer gently until vegetables and apples are tender, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  5. Meanwhile, make the cider cream--boil the remaining 1/2 cup cider in a small saucepan until it reduces to 1/4 cup, for about 5 minutes.
  6. Cool, then place sour cream in a bowl and whisk in reduced cider (cider cream can be prepared 1 day ahead; cover and refrigerate until ready to use).
  7. Puree the soup in batches in a food processor, blender, or food mill and return soup to the pot (can use an immersion blender to puree the soup in the pot).
  8. Taste soup and season with salt, as needed (soup can be prepared 1 day ahead, cool, cover, and refrigerate; reheat over medium heat).
  9. For the garnish--halve and core the reserved apple, then cut one half into paper-thin slices (eat or save the remaining half for another use).
  10. To serve--ladle soup into 6 shallow bowls and drizzle with cider cream; garnish each serving with crumbled bacon and a couple of apple slices.

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