Butternut Squash Soup

Every Saturday we gather as a community to work for the morning, caring for the Community buildings and grounds — cleaning the church, cooking in the kitchen, mowing, raking, working on various building and maintenance projects. It’s a good time of fellowship and work. These past two Saturdays we had all-day affairs which we called Oktoberfest —  winterizing gardens, pruning, transplanting, and harvesting the last of the vegetables and fruit. The first Saturday was a classic Autumn day, just the way I like it — a little cool, but sun-shiny — that special sparkle that comes in October with the change in the angle of the sun. We all came together to eat lunch and dinner in our refectory. I planned the meals to reflect Oktoberfest traditions; roast pork with apple and onions, German potato salad, braised red cabbage, but I also wanted to include something not so traditional — butternut squash soup, which speaks more to me about autumn than anything else. We made the soup in the big tilting skillet since it was for 250  — using many pounds of squash, onions, and apples and I must say it was delicious! I’ve reduced it down here so that you can enjoy it, too.

Butternut Squash Soup

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Butternut Squash Soup



  1. Melt butter in a large stock pot, add onions and thyme, and sauté until onions are tender. Stir occasionally.
  2. Add squash, apples, and stock to pot.
  3. Cook over low heat until squash and apples are very tender, about 30 to 40 minutes.
  4. Puree in a blender or food processor until smooth, adding apple cider, and enough stock to make the soup slightly thick.
  5. Pour soup back into pot, reheat, and add salt and pepper to taste.

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