What should I add to butternut squash soup to bring up the flavor?

I used Martha Stewart's recipe for butternut squash soup with apples. No problem except that the flavor is too subtle. I'd like to wake it up and would appreciate suggestions. Thanks.

  • Posted by: RussellW
  • November 25, 2014
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mpm6228
mpm6228 November 25, 2014

I like fresh ginger and some curry-like spices....and a good dose of freshly ground pepper.

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Merrill Stubbs
Merrill Stubbs November 25, 2014

I think a splash of sherry (or something similar) is a great addition to butternut squash soup. Ginger is also nice. Also, make sure you've salted it enough -- that will help to bring out the other flavors.

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CanadaDan
CanadaDan November 25, 2014

Sage! Goes with squash amazingly. But yeah ginger would be nice too.

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drbabs
drbabs November 25, 2014

How about Apple cider?

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Bevi
Bevi November 25, 2014

The Silver Palate Cookbook has a wonderful curried butternut squash soup with curry powder, apples, and apple cider. It is delicious, and you can regulate the amount of curry you use. http://www.tastebook.com... I use apple cider in the place of apple juice.

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equilibrium
equilibrium November 25, 2014

We like to add a splash of vinegar, extra ginger and fresh grated parmesan (not for on top but in the soup). Delicious.

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Julieta L.
Julieta L. November 26, 2014

Ginger, Lime or coconut.

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lisabu
lisabu November 26, 2014

Try a drizzle of pumpkin seed oil

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Yianna
Yianna November 26, 2014

I like to use cumin, in addition to warming spices such as cinnamon and ginger. Freshly cracked pepper is also fantastic.

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cook4you
cook4you November 26, 2014

Garam masala!

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amysarah
amysarah November 26, 2014

When something like that tastes a little flat, I find that the fix (besides maybe salt) is often a little acid - with your soup, a splash of either sherry vinegar or apple cider vinegar perhaps - not enough to make it taste vinegar-y, just a bit to brighten it up. Also as a garnish, a drizzle of toasted pumpkin seed oil or balsamic vinegar reduced to a syrup adds a little something.

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