Squash and Apple Soup with Maple

The air is crisp and so are the apples. There are pumpkins on doorsteps and in pies topped with whipped cream. There is much to be grateful for in October, as we gather for Thanksgiving and anticipate Halloween.

The recipe and photo, courtesy of Foodland Ontario, are ideal for sharing and for celebrating the best of the season.

Leaving the garlic cloves whole gives the soup a delicate flavour. For a decadent touch, stir in a little heavy cream when reheating.

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes
Serves 4 to 6

2 Ontario onions, chopped
1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
1 large Ontario butternut squash, peeled and cubed (about 5 cups/1.25 L)
2 Ontario apples, peeled, cored and cubed
2 cloves Ontario garlic
4 cups (1 L) sodium-reduced chicken or vegetable broth
1 tsp (5 mL) chopped fresh Ontario thyme leaves
1 tsp (5 mL) salt
1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper
3 tbsp (45 mL) Ontario maple syrup
1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground nutmeg
Pumpkin seeds

In large pot, cook onions in butter over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Add squash, apples, garlic, broth, 1 cup (250 mL) of water, thyme, salt and pepper; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until squash is tender. Let cool slightly.

In batches, purée soup in blender until smooth. Return to pot and stir in maple syrup and nutmeg. Reheat soup until hot. Serve garnished with pumpkin seeds.

Nutritional information:
1 serving (when recipe serves 6)
5 grams
FAT: 3 grams
FIBRE: 3 grams
SODIUM: 460 mgBottom of Form