One of the many pleasures of fall are the beautiful ‘fresh from the orchard’ apples that are now available. Of course they don’t last long before starting to lose their crisp and delicious texture so must be used up fairly quickly.
In addition to making apple: pies, butters, crisps and good old baked; this is one of my favorite ways to use up some of the abundant fall crop. Tangy colorful and something a bit different for supper or lunch. Hope you will enjoy this luscious soup soon.
Curried Apple Soup
A flavourful, colorful and tangy soup. Great for using up some of the fall apple harvest. Serve with fresh bread, scones or chapattis for a complete and satisfying meal. Makes 4 generous servings.
3 T. butter or margarine
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
6 medium apples, peeled and chopped (MacIntosh and Gala varieties work well)
2 T. lemon juice
2-3 T. (good quality) curry powder, to taste
2 T. fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 teas. crushed dried thyme leaves
1/4 -1/2 teas. freshly-ground black pepper
1-2 teas. Mrs. Dash Original Blend OR Spike Seasoning Blend (to taste)
1/2-1 teas. sea salt (opt.)
4 C. vegetable soup stock
1 T. cornstarch mixed with 4T. cold water
½ C. milk, soy milk or buttermilk
Optional garnishes: parsley, lemon slices, sour cream or plain yogurt (or vegan-type)
In a large soup pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and sauté for 1 minute. Add apples and sauté for 2 additional minutes. Stir in lemon juice and curry powder, coating the apples and onions thoroughly. Cover, reduce heat to low and steam for 5 minutes.
Add all remaining ingredients EXCEPT the cornstarch and water, milk or soy milk.
Bring to a boil, cover and again reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cornstarch and water mixture, bring to a boil for 2 minutes, stirring until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in milk or soy milk. Puree to desired consistency in a food processor (leave some chunks for texture). Adjust seasonings.
Serve immediately with garnish(s) of choice.
Adapted from the original recipe in : Not Just for Vegetarians, Delicious Homestyle Cooking, the Meatless Way by Geraldine Hartman. All rights reserved.