We’ve already had several days below 0°C (32°F) in Toronto so this chilly weather has made me feel like making a hearty soup to beat the cold. I love making soups in my Crock Pot because the fragrant aroma of apples, onion, garlic, and spices lingers in the house all day, tantalizing the taste buds! I also prefer using a slow cooking method when preparing soups since the flavours really get a chance to blend. I have always enjoyed French Onion Soup, especially eating the melted cheese on top with the caramelized onions so I decided to incorporate the melted cheese into one of my favourite soup recipes: Butternut Squash Soup. My version ended up as Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Swiss Cheese.
Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Swiss Cheese is a bit sweet due to the apple, but I find the addition of swiss cheese greatly complements the apple since the cheese is nutty and savoury. If you’ve ever had apple pie topped with a piece of cheddar cheese, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
For my American readers, I think this soup would be a delicious appetizer for your Thanksgiving meal. I would also enjoy having this soup on Christmas Eve or even for Christmas dinner.
Lately, whenever I cook with Butternut Squash, I have bought the frozen chopped Butternut Squash that is available in the freezer section of your grocery store. I find this is such a time saver and the squash tastes just the same as fresh. Just make sure you drain it completely after it has thawed so that it doesn’t add excess moisture to your recipe.
One final note: I absolutely love my Braun immersion blender! I use it in this recipe to puree the soup once it’s ready. You put the blender right into the Crock Pot! It saves me from having to puree the soup in my blender in small batches, which is a tedious job.
Let me know in the comment section if you make Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Swiss Cheese and what you think of it.