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A white bowl of Butternut-Apple Bisque on a wooden surface

Butternut Squash and Apple Bisque

A healthy, yet filling vegetarian start to the new year.

Course Mains
Cuisine Vegetarian
Keyword butternut squash, soup, vegetarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 360 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup (2 medium) carrots diced
  • 3/4 cup (2 stalks) celery stalks diced
  • 1 cup (1 medium) white onion diced
  • 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 cup (1 large) apple peeled and diced
  • 6 cups (1 large) butternut squash peeled and cut into 1" cubes
  • 2 quarts vegetable stock (or chicken stock for non-vegetarian)
  • 1/2 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 6 sage leaves chiffonade

Optional Garnishes

  • sour cream optional
  • roasted pepitas optional


  1. Melt the oil and butter in a heavy-bottom pot or a dutch oven over medium-high heat. 

  2. Add the carrots, celery, onion, salt, pepper, and garlic. Sweat the vegetables for 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until they are glossy and soft.

  3. Add the curry powder, apples, and the butternut squash and stir to combine. 

  4. Pour in the vegetable stock, stir as best you can, and bring the soup up to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, then allow the soup to simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.

  5. Once the soup is done simmering, turn off the stove, and add the brown sugar. 

    Blend the soup smooth with an immersion blender, or you can carefully transfer the soup to a regular blender, and blend it in batches. Be sure to vent the blender's lid to prevent an explosion.

  6. Remove the pot from the stove and stir in the heavy cream, lemon juice and the sage. Adjust the seasoning as desired. 

  7. Garnish your bowl of Butternut Squash and Apple Bisque with some sour cream and roasted pepitas. 

Nutrition Facts
Butternut Squash and Apple Bisque
Amount Per Serving
Calories 360 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 59mg20%
Sodium 1915mg83%
Potassium 1154mg33%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 31557IU631%
Vitamin C 62mg75%
Calcium 179mg18%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.