Roasted Pumpkin-Apple Soup

Roasted Pumpkin-Apple Soup

Apples add just a hint of sweetness to this velvety pumpkin soup. Try it as a delightful first course for a special meal.

From EatingWell: November/December 2009
Yield: 12 servings, about 1 cup each
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  1. 4 pounds pie pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 2-inch chunks (see Tip)
  2. 4 large sweet-tart apples, such as Empire, Cameo or Braeburn, unpeeled, cored and cut into eighths
  3. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  4. 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  5. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  6. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  7. 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  8. 1/3 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted (see Tip)
  9. 2 tablespoons hazelnut oil

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Toss pumpkin (or squash), apples, olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper in a large bowl. Spread evenly on a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast, stirring once, for 30 minutes. Stir in sage and continue roasting until very tender and starting to brown, 15 to 20 minutes more.
  3. Transfer about one-third of the pumpkin (or squash) and apples to a blender along with 2 cups broth. Puree until smooth. Transfer to a Dutch oven and repeat for two more batches. Season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and heat through over medium-low heat, stirring constantly to prevent splattering, for about 6 minutes. Serve each portion topped with hazelnuts and a drizzle of hazelnut oil.

Tips & Notes

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 180 calories; 9 g fat (1 g sat, 7 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 25 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 6 g fiber; 525 mg sodium; 569 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus:

1 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fruit, 2 fat