Curried Butternut Squash & Apple Soup
Melt butter with olive oil in a large pot over medium. Add onion, celery and carrots and stir to coat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Add curry powder; stir vegetables to coat thoroughly.Advertisement
Add squash, salt, pepper and 1 1/2 cups of the chopped apple to pot and stir to coat. Stir in chicken stock and water and bring to a boil over medium-high. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until butternut squash is soft when pierced with a fork, 20 to 25 minutes.
Remove from heat and, working in 2 batches, pour soup into a heavy-duty blender. Secure lid on blender and remove center piece to allow steam to escape. Place a clean towel over opening. Process until smooth, about 1 minute. Return soup to pot; reheat if needed. Serve with crème fraîche and garnish with remaining 1/2 cup chopped apple.