Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Yield: 3 quarts
3 medium carrots, halved and thinly sliced
3/4 cup chopped celery
1 medium onion, chopped
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
7 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
3 cups cubed peeled potatoes
2 cups cubed peeled butternut squash
2 large tart apples, peeled and chopped
2 medium turnips, peeled and chopped
2 parsnips, peeled and sliced
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon pepper
In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook and stir the carrots, celery, onions and garlic in butter and oil until tender.
Add the broth, potatoes, squash, apples, turnips, parsnips and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
Stir in the basil, thyme and pepper; simmer 15 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf before serving.
Tips and Tricks
I took a lot of liberties with this recipe, substituting a teaspoon of celery salt in place of the celery, omitting the bay leaf, turnips and parsnips, using Italian seasoning in place of the thyme, and cutting the amount of broth in half. I also used sodium-free bouillon granules in place of canned broth. While there is a lot of chopping to do in preparation for this soup, I used my Pampered Chef chopper for the carrots, garlic and onion and a really fantastic veggie peeler I got at Target to peel the apples and potatoes. I found the butternut squash to be difficult to work with. The flesh is very hard and the rind is thick. If you choose to chop and peel it raw, use a very sharp knife and be careful! Next time I make this soup, I will roast the squash first.
Make It Healthier
Use unsalted butter or trans-fat free spread. Use reduced sodium or sodium free broth.
How Kids Can Help
Use food chopper to chop carrots and onions. Measure broth and spices.
1 cup equals 134 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 404 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 4 g protein
1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable