Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Apples & Garam Masala

I quietly celebrated my birthday recently with a trip to visit my sister in Washington. I always so enjoy traveling to the Northwest in the fall. It reminds me of the East Coast with all of its colorful trees and other seasonal sights like pumpkins on doorsteps and endless piles of leaves.

On a morning walk through my sister’s neighborhood, I was able to capture a snapshot of the local autumnal color. We just don’t see this sort of thing in Southern California!


The leaves in my yard at home eventually fall off the trees, but they never manage to turn beautiful shades of yellow and reds before they do so. They’re just dead.

Since we were all wrapped up in the beauty of the season, we decided to choose a recipe that would embrace it: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Apples and Garam Masala.

Butternut squash is abundant these days. I’ve been seeing it on the blogs in muffins, pasta and even pizza. There are a lot of variations on butternut squash soup too… but this one had some nice twists to it.

The butternut squash is tossed with olive oil, maple syrup and garam masala (a spice with amazing scents and flavor), and then it’s roasted until soft and caramelized. If you can’t locate the spice Garam Masala, you can always make your own.

Apples are sauteed with wine, shallots and broth. As soon as everything is all softened up, it’s blended together until pureed. The original recipe calls for straining the solids. We gave the soup a taste after blending and were perfectly happy with the texture, so we didn’t bother straining.

A perfect blend of spice, sweetness and earthiness, we enjoyed our fall soup very much. Thickness of the soup can easily be adjusted by using more or less broth (and straining/not straining).

Thanks for a great birthday weekend Sis! Say what you want about all of that rain you get up there… it sure is a beautiful place to live (and play). I’d happily stomp through puddles and trudge through a little bit of snow to be able to experience the seasons like you do.

This recipe can be found here: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Apple & Garam Marsala

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51 Responses to “Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Apples & Garam Masala”

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    Manggy — November 5, 2008 @ 8:24 AM

    Ah, lovely combination of sweet, savory, and spicy! I’m glad you had a wonderful time on your birthday in Washington!

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    HoneyB — November 5, 2008 @ 10:09 AM

    Wonderful soup and beautiful scenery! It does look like home (here in northern ny!)

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    Snooky doodle — November 5, 2008 @ 2:00 PM

    wow what great photos. wish to be there :) this soup is interesting pity I m not much of a soup person although in winter i don t mind a soup every now and then :)

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    Barbara Bakes — November 5, 2008 @ 2:19 PM

    I’ve never heard of garam masala. It sounds wonderful!

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    Sara — November 5, 2008 @ 2:36 PM

    I love butternut squash soup. My husband is not a big fan of butternut squash (I know, crazy right?) but he will actually eat it in soup form!

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    Jon — November 5, 2008 @ 2:51 PM

    Only your photography can make even leaves look delicious.

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    Cathy — November 5, 2008 @ 3:18 PM

    What a yummy combination of flavors. The timing of your birthday visit was perfect. The colors here in the Northwest have been even more spectacular than usual, but its raining now and most of the leaves are gone. It was glorious while it lasted.

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    Esi — November 5, 2008 @ 3:21 PM

    Happy birthday! I love those pictures of the beautiful fall leaves since here in So Cal, everything is just brown. I like that you didn’t strain the soup, it looks wonderful!

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    Robin Sue — November 5, 2008 @ 3:32 PM

    Oh my this sounds amazing. So many flavors going on in here, fantastic. I have never made my onw garam masala. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Maria — November 5, 2008 @ 4:25 PM

    Wow, this looks amazing!! I love all of the flavors going on!!

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    lisaiscooking — November 5, 2008 @ 4:40 PM

    Happy Birthday, and those are lovely looks at fall from leaves to food!

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    Mike of Mike's Table — November 5, 2008 @ 5:46 PM

    I can’t get enough of butternut squash soup and this twist on it sounds excellent

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    How To Eat A Cupcake — November 5, 2008 @ 7:08 PM

    Ohh mmmm this looks so delicious!

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    anudivya — November 5, 2008 @ 7:28 PM

    Soup with Garam masala? Totally digging it…
    Washington though beautiful… is right now cold, and gloomy and I am totally frustrated about my picture quality :(

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    Amber — November 5, 2008 @ 7:29 PM

    I love this in the fall. I use apples in mine also but different spices. I have never used or seen garam masala. The photos are lovely. And yes, Ross and Wal Mart make me crazy, I am just shocked at how people behave. It reminds me of the movie “Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion” when Michell is offered a job at Bargain Mart. Aren’t sisters the best? Happy birthday!

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    Joanna — November 5, 2008 @ 8:02 PM

    this soup is beautiful and so are the trees! they look like that now in pennsylvania. i love it.

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    Proud Italian Cook — November 5, 2008 @ 9:19 PM

    Your twist on this sounds excelent! Glad you had a fun birthday with your sis!

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    Heather — November 5, 2008 @ 9:33 PM

    i love adding apples to squash and gourd soup. it has such a nice flavor! this looks lovely!

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    Katrina — November 5, 2008 @ 10:06 PM

    Love autumn pictures! Happy Birthday, belated. I love squash soup, but the rest of my family doesn’t.

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    MyKitchenInHalfCups — November 5, 2008 @ 10:26 PM

    I’m with you on the northwest, I just love it! I’m sure I’d love your soup as well.

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    Peter M — November 6, 2008 @ 12:43 AM

    This IS a lovely soup. You roasted the squash, pepped it up with garam masala and the colour is a warm brown/orange.s

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    Sophie — November 6, 2008 @ 1:04 AM

    I used to live in Southern California! In fact, that’s where I was born. I’m getting spoiled here on the East Coast with the gorgeous fall…oh, but I will freeze during the winter months :) . I’m missing out, I’ve never had butternut squash soup of any kind!! I have had butternuts and apples together, a tasty combination :) .

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    Barbara — November 6, 2008 @ 1:23 AM

    I’m glad you were able to get a visit and birthday with all the beautiful leaves. The soup looks great. I cook with garam masala but never in a soup. Great idea.

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    Michelle — November 6, 2008 @ 1:55 AM

    Oh this looks absolutely delicious. I have a gal here at work who loves butternut squash. I will have to show her this recipe!

    Michelle :)

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    Bunny — November 6, 2008 @ 2:10 AM

    Happy belated birthday! Your picture is beautiful! Once again I have to admit I’ve never had squash! Put this sounds so darn good i may have to try it!

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    Nicole — November 6, 2008 @ 2:31 AM

    Your soup looks great! But those photos of the trees and leaves… amazing!!

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    noble pig — November 6, 2008 @ 3:24 AM

    What an awesome combo. Never in a million years would I have done butternut and apples with garam masala.

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    Choosy Beggar Tina — November 6, 2008 @ 3:27 AM

    Thank you for stopping by our blog!
    Your soup looks gorgeous. I would have kept the texture like that as well….I do a curried squash and apple soup, so I KNOW that I would adore a garam masala scented soup.

    PS: I’m so jealous of your photography skills that I don’t have words. Just gorgeous!!!

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    That Girl — November 6, 2008 @ 3:32 AM

    I almost went to college in Washington because I visited in the fall and it reminded me of the East Coast.

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    Brilynn — November 6, 2008 @ 5:25 AM

    Happy belated birthday!

    Aren’t the fall colours beautiful?!

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    Sara — November 6, 2008 @ 5:47 AM

    mmm….that sounds heavenly, and the fall pictures are gorgeous!

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    VeggieGirl — November 6, 2008 @ 11:48 AM

    Such gorgeous photographs of the foliage in Washington!!

    Oh my, what a soup – yum!!

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    Debbie — November 6, 2008 @ 12:35 PM

    I’ve seen a number of butternut squash soups on the net lately. Yours looks and sounds delicious. I will try this one!

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    Grace — November 6, 2008 @ 1:27 PM

    i think the texture of your soup looks phenomenal!
    happy belated birthday, by the way. glad you got to celebrate amidst some of nature’s beauty

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    Cookie baker Lynn — November 6, 2008 @ 4:12 PM

    Happy birthday, a bit late. If I’d known you were going to be in the area, you could have come over for brownies! We’re back to rain now so the leaves are all soggy. Your soup sounds like a perfect fall dish – warm and comforting.

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    glutenfreeforgood — November 6, 2008 @ 5:32 PM

    Great post! I love the idea of soups at this time of year. And anything with garam masala in it is good in my book. This sounds like a great combination of flavors. Thanks for the inspiration! Beautiful photos too.
    Melissa

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    Parker — November 6, 2008 @ 6:47 PM

    i love squash soup, roasting the squash first must make it so flavorful

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    Emiline — November 6, 2008 @ 6:59 PM

    Happy birthday! It sounds like a nice time. I’ve never been out west, well, past Colorado.

    I love butternut squash soup! It’s my absolute favorite.

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    CookiePie — November 6, 2008 @ 7:06 PM

    Sounds like a fabulous soup. And happy birthday!!

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    Judy@nofearentertaining — November 6, 2008 @ 7:07 PM

    Mmmmm. That looks like the perfect comfort food!!! The pictures of the leaves are beautiful. Here in Southwest FL the leaves don’t change either@!

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    Patsyk — November 6, 2008 @ 7:07 PM

    I love butternut squash, but I hate cutting it up! This soup looks worth the effort!

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    Ivy — November 6, 2008 @ 7:24 PM

    Love, Love, Love the fall leave pictures!
    And your soup looks really..so delicious!
    Happy Fall. :)

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    Rosie — November 6, 2008 @ 11:15 PM

    Happy belated birthday wishes and what stunning photos from your trip to Washington.

    The soup looks mighty delicious :)

    Rosie x

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    silverdot — November 7, 2008 @ 12:37 AM

    This looks so delicious. I can’t wait to try it! I used to live in Washington. It is beautiful.

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    Teresa Cordero Cordell — November 7, 2008 @ 1:04 AM

    What a beautiful walkway. If you don’t see this in California, we see it even less in the desert Southwest. Gorgeous photo. Your soup’s not bad either. Yum.

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    Laurie — November 7, 2008 @ 3:41 AM

    What a wonderful soup recipe! I can imagine how wonderful the aroma in your kitchen was with this!

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    Simply...Gluten-free — November 7, 2008 @ 4:31 AM

    What a great flavor combo!

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    Christine Lynn — November 7, 2008 @ 7:01 AM

    I live in Washington as well! Hey maybe your sis is my neighbor! lol

    Love this recipe for squash soup, going to try it this week end. I made your pumpkin cornbread on Halloween and everyone loved it! I have really enjoyed your blog here, thanks for sharing with us all!

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    Psychgrad — November 7, 2008 @ 10:17 PM

    I love the fall. In my current location, we do see the brilliant reds. I could take pictures of leaves and trees all day. Well…within reason.

    The soup looks delicious. I’m going to pick up some squash this weekend for soup.

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    StickyGooeyCreamyChewy — November 9, 2008 @ 9:53 PM

    What a lovely soup! The garam masala must really make it sing. I am so into this kind of dish these days. I’m definitely trying this. Already printed out the recipe.

    BTW, Happy Belated Birthday! Glad you had a chance to see some real “Autumn”. I’m jealous!

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    melissa — November 11, 2008 @ 3:07 AM

    Happy belated birthday! I’m not sure why I didn’t realize you lived in SD. I lived down there for almost 5 years before coming up here to OC. I miss it sometimes. Still have friends down there though, so I visit.

    And I miss the fall foliage of my childhood. Nice pictures at your sister’s!

    I also dig the garma masala twist with the soup. Very cool.