Butternut Squash Soup with Cranberry Apple Swirl

Total Time 40 minutes
Course Soup
Servings 6 servings


For Soup:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 carrots chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 apple peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 6 cups chopped butternut squash fresh or frozen
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup 100% apple juice
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh sage
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice

For Cranberry Compote:

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup 100% cranberry-apple juice
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg


To Make Soup:

  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Add carrots, onion, celery, garlic, apple, and butternut squash to pan; cook for 5-7 minutes or until fragrant and beginning to cook through, stirring occasionally.
  • Add broth and juice; bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.
  • Add salt, thyme, sage, pepper, and ginger. Simmer for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • Use an immersion blender (or transfer mixture to a blender container) and blend until smooth. Stir in lemon juice.

To Make Cranberry Compote:

  • Combine cranberries, juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes or until cranberries have popped and mixture thickens.
  • Allow to cool slightly.

To Assemble:

  • Stir a spoonful of Cranberry Compote into center of each bowl of soup. Swirl, if desired.


This recipe was provided by Regan Jones and Gretchen Brown from Healthy Aperture, as part of the Healthy Aperture blogger partnership. 

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