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Layering apple slices into grilled cheese sandwiches adds a little crunch to a favorite soup dipper. And creamy butternut squash soup with ginger, cumin and turmeric is a nice change of pace from grilled cheese's usual tomato soup partner. If you have a sensitive palate, you can cut back on the spices. Be sure to use seasonal squash for the best squash flavor. Serve the duo for a comforting and easy weeknight dinner for the family. The soup keeps well in the fridge, so save leftovers for lunch or dinner later in the week.

EatingWell Magazine, October 2019; updated November 2022




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  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and ginger; cook, stirring, until starting to soften, about 3 minutes. Add cumin, turmeric and cayenne; cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add squash, coconut milk (reserve 4 tablespoons for garnish, if desired), broth, half the apple slices and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the squash is tender, about 20 minutes. Stir in lime juice. Remove from heat.

  • Puree the soup in the pan using an immersion blender or in batches in a blender. (Use caution when blending hot liquids.)

  • Divide 1/2 cup cheese between 2 slices of bread. Top with the remaining apple slices, cheese and bread. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the sandwiches and cook until lightly browned on both sides and the cheese is melted, about 2 minutes per side. Cut in half. Garnish the soup with the reserved coconut milk, more cayenne and ground pepper, if desired.

To make ahead

Refrigerate soup (Steps 1-2) for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

1 ½ cups soup & ½ sandwich
419 calories; protein 13.5g; carbohydrates 43.3g; dietary fiber 8.4g; sugars 10.4g; fat 23.1g; saturated fat 10.6g; cholesterol 26.3mg; vitamin a iu 16927.8IU; vitamin c 28.5mg; folate 49.7mcg; calcium 298.2mg; iron 2.2mg; magnesium 72.9mg; potassium 622.5mg; sodium 826.9mg.

3 fat, 2 starch, 1 high-fat protein, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fruit