Monday, October 17, 2011

Recipe: Autumn Harvest Soup

It's no secret that we eat a lot of soup in this house.  Soups are easy to make, inexpensive and abundant.  This soup makes use of those vegetables available from local sources this time of year.  The addition of apples adds just a touch of sweetness that really pulls the flavours together.  Gluten and dairy free.

Update: I adapted this soup from a recipe we received in our Harvest Food Box a few years ago.


olive oil or butter substitute to coat bottom of soup pot
1 small butternut squash or half a large, seeded, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
1 rutabaga, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
2 carrots, peeled and cut into rounds
1 onion, diced or thinly sliced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
2 apples, any sweet variety, peeled, cored and cut into 8 slices
6 cups vegetable or chicken broth or stock
water, as needed to thin soup
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tspn. nutmeg, or more to taste
thyme and marjoram to taste
1/2 tsp. fennel seed, ground


1- In a large soup pot, heat butter or oil over medium high heat.  Add onion and cook until it begins to soften.  Add garlic and saute for about 1 min.
2- Add vegetables and cook over medium heat for about 5 min. to bring out flavours.
3- Add stock, spices and apples.  Bring to a boil, then lower heat to simmer and cook, partially covered until vegetables are soft and apples are falling apart, approx. 20 min.
4- Taste soup and add salt and pepper, if necessary.  Adjust seasonings.  With an immersion blender, blend soup to desired consistency, thinning with water or more broth if necessary.  I like this soup to still have some chunks of vegetables.
5- Ladle into warm bowls and serve garnished with some fresh, chopped parsley.



  1. Yes please! This sounds great! Looking forward to trying this one out! Thanks for sharing. I found your recipes on #glutenfreefridays link party!

    1. Thank you! Thanks for reading. My husband wasn't sure about the rutabaga until he tried the soup, and was convinced! I hope you like it too.