Butternut Squash and Hard Cider Soup (Vegan and Lactose-free options)
Brrr... its January and I need to warm the winter blues away. I've always loved winter for the scenic views, and the food that warms the soul, but if the snow could stay away, it'd be even better! This is one of my favourite soups to eat, make and share; and an easily altered recipe for any dietary restrictions.
Who says you can only eat squash in the fall or for Christmas dinner... This recipe is so delicious, and so easy it can be enjoyed all year round.
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1tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
1 medium onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1½ cup hard cider (Recommended: Bee Mine)
½ tsp dried thyme (Fresh thyme can be used as well)
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
3 cups chicken (or vegetable stock)
3½ - 4 cups butternut squash, diced (Frozen or fresh)
½ cup half & half cream (or coconut milk)
Start by melting the butter and adding the olive oil to a large pot over medium heat. Add the diced onions and garlic and sauté until the onions become translucent.
Add the cider, thyme, salt and pepper. (Be mindful when adding the cider, as it will foam up first and then reduce over the heat) increase the heat as necessary and boil until the alcohol cooks off and reduces, it will almost have a creamy consistency.
Add the diced squash, and slowly add the stock to the pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for about 15-17 minutes or until the squash is tender to poke with a fork (may take longer if you are using fresh squash)
Puree the soup, either in small batches with a counter-top blender or a hand immersion blender, taste and adjust seasonings to preferred taste, Garnish with a sprout, cream or thyme, serve immediately and enjoy!
Pro-tip: This recipe can be made vegan and lactose-free friendly! Only using olive oil, our Crimson Crisp cider (no honey added), adding vegetable stock and coconut milk instead of cream creates a delicious soup that can be easily altered to fit any dietary restrictions.
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