the great thanksgiving recipe swap: roasted butternut squash & apple soup with cheesy caramelized onion beer bread

for the soup:

2-3 lbs. butternut squash (4-5 cups mashed)
4 small golden or green apples (3 cups mashed)
1/2 cup caramelized onion
2 cups vegetable broth
3 Tbsp. fresh sage, plus more for garnish
2 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
salt & pepper
Cut squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Roast squash for 45 minutes in a 400 degree oven, adding halved and cored apples for the last 15 minutes.

Remove squash and apples, and allow to cool.

Scoop out pulp from squash and apples. Process together a little at a time in a food processor, adding vegetable broth in 1/4 cup amounts to help smooth out the blend.

Add caramelized onions and process until smooth.

Transfer mixture into a saucepan, leaving about 1 cup in the processor bowl.

Add sage to processor bowl and process until finely integrated.

Combine sage mixture with the remaining soup in the saucepan, along with the other spices and any remaining (or additional) vegetable broth.

Heat through (or serve cold if you wish).

for the bread:

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 12 oz. bottle beer (preferably pumpkin ale)
1 cup slice or diced onions
Olive oil
1 cup grated fontina cheese
2-3 Tbsp. chopped fresh sage

In a small saucepan, caramelize the onion in the olive oil over low-to-medium heat.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.

Add cheese, sage, and onions to the center of the bowl.

Pour beer over everything, and stir until just combined.

Spread batter into a loaf pan and bake for 40-50 minutes at 375 degrees.

Recipe and photos from The Smart Kitchen.

Learn more about The Great Thanksgiving Recipe Swap here!

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  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    November 6, 2010 at 7:39 am

    That bread is going on my list. YUM!

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet
    November 6, 2010 at 7:40 am

    wow that bread sounds amazing

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    November 6, 2010 at 7:40 am

    I agree with Jessica, I think I just died at the title of that bread.

  • eml
    November 6, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Is it wrong that I only want that bread?…and I’ve just noticed the comments so far are about it haha! Not to say the soup doesn’t look stellar of course!

  • monicanelsonfitness
    November 6, 2010 at 7:48 am

    So Far these are MUST try recipes! Thanks.
    That bread is no joke, eh? Beer is alway a good call in bread and YUM!

  • lynn @ the actor's diet
    November 6, 2010 at 7:52 am

    i’ve been hearing so much about beer bread lately i will definitely have to try it… wonderful meeting you, albeit briefly, last night!

  • Erika @ Food.Fitness.Fun
    November 6, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Jenna, you never fail to make me hungry with your recipes. Even after I just ate. 😉

    I want breaddddddd!

  • B
    November 6, 2010 at 8:09 am

    this looks amazing. definitely bookmarking it for thanksgiving!!

  • Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes
    November 6, 2010 at 8:27 am

    roasted squash…homemade bread… does autumn get any better?
    cathy b.@ brightbakes

  • Krystina (Basil & Wine)
    November 6, 2010 at 8:28 am

    That soup looks and sounds so great. I love the idea of putting pumpkin ale in beer bread! So festive.

  • Camille
    November 6, 2010 at 8:59 am

    That bread looks like a major winner!
    How did it turn out?

  • cyndie
    November 6, 2010 at 9:19 am

    AH that bread sounds delicious. I have to make that soon. 🙂

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    November 6, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Today is SUCH a soup day and there’s a gorgeous butternut squash sitting on my kitchen table as we speak.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss
    November 6, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Ohh my goodness that soup sounds incredible!! I love squash soup..I’ll definitely have t ogive this a go 🙂

  • Katie @ Princess of Pavement
    November 6, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Uhm yum! Definitely going to be trying this – I love butternut squash!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)
    November 6, 2010 at 9:49 am

    This looks heavenly! So smooth and creamy and warm and delish looking!

    Have a great day!!


  • Katie @ Princess of Pavement
    November 6, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Uhm yum! Definitely going to be trying this – I love butternut squash!

  • Kristin
    November 6, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Hopefully you’re going to post from Foodbuzz?

  • Kelsey
    November 6, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I love love love this idea for Thanksgiving recipes. This will my first Thanksgiving on my own and I need to impress the inlaws! First step, getting some real dishes. I don’t think they’ll like my hodge podge of Urban Outfitters hipster dishes. Step two, making all of these recipes.

    p.s. How come no mention of Foodbuzz?

  • Cara Craves...
    November 6, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Fresh bread and soup = perfect combination!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    November 6, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    I LOVE squash soup and I LOVE beer bread. This combo sounds (and looks) amazing! 😀

  • Camille @ La Bella Vita
    November 6, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Oh my…this looks amazing! What a perfect Fall/Winter combination. Yum

  • Khushboo
    November 6, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    That sounds divine! Do you think it would kill the recipe if I replaced the butternut squash with pumpkin (the real kind ie not canned)…I have a bunch that I want to use up! Thanks 🙂

  • Amy
    November 7, 2010 at 12:23 am

    I was hoping to see some FoodBuzz posts too! I’m living vicariously through all of you ladies in attendance. Have a great time and eat lots of samples for us. =)

  • grocery goddess jen
    November 7, 2010 at 6:41 am

    Another good-looking recipe. I think I’m getting overwhelmed; I have no idea what I’ll make this year!

    Aren’t you at foodbuzz??

    • jenna
      November 7, 2010 at 7:16 am

      yep! I am at Foodbuzz!

  • Anna F
    November 9, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Both recipes look delish!!! Really strange question though~ I’m not a fan of beer (yes, I’m weird 🙂 ) but the bread looks amazing. Is there anything I could substitute for the beer?

  • Cat @ YoungHungryFoolish
    November 23, 2010 at 6:43 am

    I made the soup and bread for my Thanksgiving Feast on Sunday (as posted on my blog)! As soon as I saw this recipe, I knew it would make the perfect first course. The bread was, by far, the best part!!

  • Hannah
    November 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I’ll be making this for dinner tomorrow night- excited! : )

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