Roasted kabocha squash and apple soup makes the perfect meal prep recipe that's also paleo, gluten free, Whole30, and vegan-friendly.
A big bowl of soup provides comfort on even the chilliest days. I should know. I live in North Dakota.
Terrible jokes aside, soups are always welcome in my kitchen. There's a soup to please everyone — and this one's an all-around people pleaser, because it's silky-smooth with just a touch of sweetness from the added roasted apples.
What's a kabocha squash?
Before we dive into the recipe, let's cover what a kabocha squash is. You'll want to use the right squash to get the correct flavor for this soup recipe!
The flesh of a kobacha squash is sweeter than butternut squash. Kabocha squash has a pumpkin shape, but with dark green, knobby skin and whitish streaks. The flesh may also sport reddish-orange splotches or be completely reddish-orange. That's a good thing — that typically means the kabocha squash has cured a little more and is sweeter!
The skin of a kabocha squash is edible, so don't worry about peeling it before or after roasting.
Modifying this recipe for the Ninja Foodi Blender
A few months back, Ninja sent me their new Foodi blender to try out. This post isn't sponsored by them, but I'm so enamored with the appliance that I figured I'd include instructions on adapting this kabocha squash and apple soup recipe for the Foodi blender!
What makes this blender different than other high-powered blenders is that it will actually saute and cook foods for you, not just heat up as the result of the motor running.
That said, for the full flavor experience, I'd still roast the squash and apples before adding them to the blender and blending.
However, if you're just trying to make a decent soup without too much work, to make this entirely in the Foodi blender:
- Halve the recipe
- Cut the squash into small chunks (again, no need to skin it!)
- Add the squash and run the Saute program
- Add the apples and run the Saute program again
- Finally, add the rest of the ingredients and run the Smooth Soup program.
That's it! Three button presses and you're good to go.
Essential kitchen equipment smooth squash soups
To blend this soup, you have a few different options.
- You can use the above-mentioned Ninja Foodi Blender.
- Use a high-powered blender, like a Vitamix.
- Use an immersion blender.
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This smooth and simple kabocha squash and apple soup uses just a handful of ingredients for a comforting gluten free, paleo, Whole30, and vegan meal!
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 2 ¼ teaspoons sea salt, divided
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 unpeeled apples, cored and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 pound kabocha squash, halved and seeded (approximately 4 cups cooked squash)
- 4 cups bone broth or vegetable stock
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- ½ cup toasted walnuts, for topping
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Drizzle the squash halves with half the olive oil and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sea salt. Toss the apples in the remaining olive oil, along with 1 teaspoon sea salt, allspice and cinnamon.
- Roast the squash for 30 minutes. Add the apples to the same tray and continue to roast for an additional 20 minutes.
- Blend until smooth. Transfer to a soup pot over low heat. Stir in ¼ teaspoon salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Serve with toasted walnuts or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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