Photo: Seth Smoot; Styling: Kendra Smoot

YieldsServes 4 to 6
AuthorKendra Smoot

Roasting a whole squash takes longer than one that's cut up, but Smoot finds it easier (and safer) to peel and cut the squash after it's cooked.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Preheat oven to 350°. Roast whole squash on a rimmed baking pan until tender enough for a long skewer to go all the way through neck of squash, about 1 1/4 hours. Let cool.

Step 2
2

While squash cools, heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add red onion and apple and cook, covered, until onion is translucent and apple is tender, about 5 minutes. Add spices and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Step 3
3

Halve cooled squash lengthwise and scrape out seeds and discard, then scoop out flesh and set aside.

Step 4
4

Remove onion-apple mixture from heat and stir in cooked squash and 2 cups broth. Whirl in batches in a blender until very smooth. Return to pot and heat over medium heat to warm through and blend flavors, 5 to 10 minutes. Add more broth if needed to thin to desired consistency; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 5
5

Ladle soup into bowls. Spoon crème fraîche onto each and serve with toppings.

Ingredients

 1 large butternut squash (about 3 3/4 lbs.)
 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
 1 cup chopped red onion
 1 Granny Smith or other firm-tart apple, peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped
 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
 2 to 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  Kosher salt and pepper
 1/4 cup crème fraîche
  Optional toppings: Candied pecans, rosemary crackers, thinly sliced apples or pears, pomegranate seeds, flat-leaf parsley leaves

Directions

Step 1
1

Preheat oven to 350°. Roast whole squash on a rimmed baking pan until tender enough for a long skewer to go all the way through neck of squash, about 1 1/4 hours. Let cool.

Step 2
2

While squash cools, heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add red onion and apple and cook, covered, until onion is translucent and apple is tender, about 5 minutes. Add spices and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Step 3
3

Halve cooled squash lengthwise and scrape out seeds and discard, then scoop out flesh and set aside.

Step 4
4

Remove onion-apple mixture from heat and stir in cooked squash and 2 cups broth. Whirl in batches in a blender until very smooth. Return to pot and heat over medium heat to warm through and blend flavors, 5 to 10 minutes. Add more broth if needed to thin to desired consistency; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 5
5

Ladle soup into bowls. Spoon crème fraîche onto each and serve with toppings.

Spiced Apple Butternut Squash Soup