pinterest pass or fail - apple & winter squash soup

While visiting Jen over at Hope Studios this past week, I came across a post of hers called, Pinterest: Pass or Fail and knew that it would be the perfect topic for the Autumn Apple & Winter Squash Soup recipe I recently tried out.

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To be honest, it left a big question mark. And since I'm not a squash expert, I'd love your opinion. I found the recipe on another one of my favorite blogs, Running with Tweezers (highly recommend!). Go ahead and take a gander, I'll wait...

Does that sound delicious or what? I know! So anyway, I tried it and, yes, it looked just like the soup that she has beautifully photographed - creamy and beautifully orange and she does say she's a purest. But that question mark...

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Wes, my oldest and bestest food taster, said it tasted like he was eating a large, warm bowl of apple sauce. I thought it was good, but had to agree. So, my question for you is...

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What, exactly, should squash and apple soup taste like?
Would you try it and let me know? Was I missing something? Did I nail it?
Should it taste like apple sauce? Clearly I'm confused.

But it photographs beautifully. :)


Cillaw  – (November 11, 2011 at 7:22 PM)  

I don't know about the apple but for the best squash soup:
Cut a butternut squash in half and "spoon" out the seeds.
Place skin side down on a cookie sheet and sprinkle ginger and nutmeg spice on top ( about 1/2 tsp each)
Cook for 1 hour in an oven 350.

In the mean time cook on low(in a soup pot with 2 TBS of oil) 1 med chopped cooking onion and two stalks of celery (chopped finely) about 10 mins.
When the squash is ready, let it cool to the touch and cut off the skin and chop the squash into small cubes and add to your soup pot. Add a box of chicken stock ( use the good stuff, no additives, chemicals, etc) to your soup pot and bring the celery,onion,squash to a boil, after it boils turn it down low and let simmer for 30min. While it is simmering get out the hand blender and blend until it is smooth and no chunks.Now eat!, You can add salt and a dollop of sour-cream or plain yogurt if you like. YUMMY.

Lori @ Studio Waterstone  – (November 11, 2011 at 8:42 PM)  

OMG, this sounds fantastic!!! I will most certainly try it out. thank you.

Kelly  – (November 11, 2011 at 9:10 PM)  

Hmmm...I've never had squash and apple soup, just squash soup. It looks good though!

Spirited Earth  – (November 12, 2011 at 2:55 AM)  

I love winter squash soup..however this recipe doesn't seem like it would have enough "notes" and a bit too sweet with the apple cider an over kill. The recipe i have includes stock,sauted onion,nutmeg and good dash of pepper.
Squash should be the first thing you taste in squash soup..not apples. just my opinion.

Wendy  – (November 12, 2011 at 7:09 AM)  

I have to agree with some of the other comments. The recipe is missing the savory flavors of onion, maybe garlic, celery. There's too much sweet going on.

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