one day the family fritz visited ikea and found themselves in line waiting for delicious swedish meatballs. then, papa fritz said “i think i’m going to get some soup…”. well, this soup turned out to be a huge hit with both papa and sweet baby fritz. it was a blend of butternut and apple and was creamy and delicious with a sweet pop of flavor. mama fritz decided to recreate it at home, and here is the result…
butternut and apple soup
- 1 butternut, peeled, halved, and seeded
- 2 gala apples and one granny smith apple, peeled and cored
- 1 leek
- 1/2 cup light cream
- 8 cups water (or vegetable stock)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- salt and pepper
feed the peeled apple and butternut pieces into the shredder of your food processor. alternately you could shred these by hand, but only if you want to look like popeye when you are done. trim and cut the leek in half lengthwise, then run the cut side under water to remove any sand that has accumulated between the leaves. cut into little half moons (you only want the white and light green portions).
heat the butter and oil in a large pot over medium high heat and add the leeks (be sure to dry them or they will pop at you). add some salt to help the leeks release their juices and continue cooking until they soften and become glassy. add the shredded apples and squash and then add enough water/stock to just cover the vegetables. reduce heat the medium and simmer until everything is very soft and beginning to fall apart.
use the immersion blender to puree the mixture until it is very smooth and add cream, salt, and pepper to taste. taste and adjust seasoning accordingly. enjoy!
notes: vegetable stock is nice in this, but it can be expensive, so i did a mixture of 1/2 stock and 1/2 water. serve this with crusty bread loaded up with butter. yum.