This is my welcome to fall soup. I love Thai food and ingredients and thought they would pair wonderfully with the squash and apples. For a puréed soup, I always love to add some texture and the sauteed apples and toasted pepitas work perfectly! —Beyondthebayou
Test Kitchen Notes
I'll be honest, I was quite hesitant with this recipe upon first glance. I rarely see soups that don't call for garlic, carrots, or celery. I don't love blended soups. It seemed like a lot of lime juice. Sriracha? Really? And it only takes 30 minutes? Jeez. Well, my doubts have been squashed (hehe)! The best part about this soup is the coconut milk/cream, which elevates it to a complexity level that I adore. I was tempted to amp up the Sriracha, because if we're going there, I'm going to go all the way. I'm glad I didn't—surely the Sriracha would have overpowered the coconut and that's definitely worth holding back for. The lime creates a necessary acid to balance this all out. I will say the apples I used didn't come through for me (I used Honeycrisp). Perhaps a tart green apple might show its flavors more.
Overall, I was hugely impressed by this recipe. It came together in a snap, and would be very fun to adapt with other ingredients. —Amy Nelson
Toss butternut squash, the chopped apples, and the onions with a drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and roast for 15-20 minutes until tender.
Open up the can of coconut milk and scoop out the coconut fat and two tablespoons of the liquid into a small dish. Squeeze the juice of one lime and add a pinch of salt. Whisk and place the coconut-lime cream aside.
Combine stock, roasted squash mixture, remaining coconut milk, ginger, Sriracha, Thai curry paste, and juice of one lime into a saucepan. Cook for 5 minutes. Taste for salt. Blend until smooth (in batches, if needed).
Heat a frying pan over medium heat, add a drizzle of olive oil and add the diced apple. Sauté for 5-6minutes. Place aside.
Toast pepitas in a dry pan until some brown color develops and they slightly puff up.
Serve the soup toped with the coconut-lime cream, sautéed apples, and pepitas.