Yum! Thai Infused Apple Butternut Squash Soup

Well, Santa brought hubby an immersion blender and he has been chomping at the bit to try something, anything that would require the smooth blending that would be our first introduction into the world of immersion blending. What we found was one of the most filling and savory meals in the form of Thai Infused Apple Butternut Squash Soup.

This was a first time for us also, to use a fresh butternut squash as a main portion to our meal. This soup turned out to be something really special. All of these different flavors combined together so well! Ginger, squash, apples, onions, the curry…it felt like a lot of ingredients, but was really not bad. The prep was a little lengthy and we learned how to roast the squash and that was fun. The one ‘hitch’ we hit, was we had a really hard time determining what was ginger after cooking – we pulled out 3 of the pieces and just left the other two. So we definitely had a stronger ginger taste than the original chef probably intended, but to us, that was a bonus. Once everything was in the pot, the real fun started. His blender works marvellously and we ended up with a nice and uniform thick soup that was intense. The chili infused sesame oil along with the coconut oil on top was just what it needed to give it that special panache! It turned out amazing and we cannot WAIT to try it again!

So many colors and flavors blend together so well for a yummy and filling final product.

So many colors and flavors blend together so well for a yummy and filling final product.

Cut the tops and then lengthwise to remove the seeds. Note: You should consider a very sharp knife, as the squash can be a difficult veggie to cut.

Cut the tops and then lengthwise to remove the seeds. Note: You should consider a very sharp knife, as the squash can be a difficult veggie to cut.

Butternut squash really looks and smells pretty good before cooking. Seeds and strings have been removed and we are ready to coat them with olive oil and bake.

Butternut squash really looks and smells pretty good before cooking. Seeds and strings have been removed and we are ready to coat them with olive oil and bake.

Baked butternut squash smells like a day back in the Pilgrim's time. We ended up waiting only about 15 minutes to scrape the squash out - we could have easily given it another 5-10 minutes - that was a HOT job!

Baked butternut squash smells like a day back in the Pilgrim’s time. We ended up waiting only about 15 minutes to scrape the squash out – we could have easily given it another 5-10 minutes – that was a HOT job!

Everything mixed together and ready to cook for a while, the colors were so pretty and all of the ingredients different smells made our mouths water!

Everything mixed together and ready to cook for a while, the colors were so pretty and all of the ingredients different smells made our mouths water!

Hubby absolutely loves the immersion blender! I will also note that having this gadget completely cut down the preparation time.

Hubby absolutely loves the immersion blender! I will also note that having this gadget completely cut down the preparation time.

A beautiful soup garnished with coconut milk, chili infused sesame oil and fresh cilantro. This soup did not disappoint at all.

A beautiful soup garnished with coconut milk, chili infused sesame oil and fresh cilantro. This soup did not disappoint at all.

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