Venango County Recipe of the Day: Butternut Squash and Sausage Soup

| November 18, 2023

Venango County Recipe of the Day: Butternut Squash and Sausage Soup – Sponsored by Top Tier Federal Credit Union.

This soup has irresistible flavors!


1 large butternut squash (4 to 4-1/2 pounds)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium tart apple, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons olive oil
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
4 fully cooked Italian chicken sausage links, chopped
4 large carrots, chopped
2/3 cup reduced-fat plain Greek yogurt
4 teaspoons minced fresh sage
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
Optional: Cornbread croutons and additional yogurt


1. Cut squash in half lengthwise; discard seeds. Place squash, cut side down, in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 400° until tender, 45-60 minutes. Cool slightly. Scoop out the pulp; set aside.

2. In a Dutch oven, cook onion and apple in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the seasonings; cook until fragrant, about 10 seconds. Add broth and squash; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Cool slightly. In a blender, cover and process soup in batches until smooth.

3. Return pureed mixture to pan; stir in sausage and carrots. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until carrots are tender, 15-20 minutes.

4. Just before serving, stir in 2/3 cup yogurt, sage and vinegar. Serve with croutons and additional yogurt if desired.

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