Navy Bean, Squash, Apple Soup with Pumpkin Oil

One of two choices is available to Chicagoans in November.  We can either wrap ourselves in existential depression lamenting the disappearance of warmer weather until April, or we can break out snow pants and embrace fall.  One of the things that help me embrace the cooler weather is my winter recipes folder.  It’s full of recipes for nurturing soups, cozy pies and other comfort foods that keep our kitchen warm and our bellies content. My one other secret weapon is pumpkin oil.

 

One of two choices is available to Chicagoans in November.  We can either wrap ourselves in existential depression lamenting the disappearance of warmer weather until April, or we can break out snow pants and embrace fall.  One of the things that help me embrace the cooler weather is my winter recipes folder.  It’s full of recipes for nurturing soups, cozy pies and other comfort foods that keep our kitchen warm and our bellies content. My one other secret weapon is pumpkin oil.

 
Fantastic cold weather soup that freezes well.  Bean, Squash, Apple with Pumpkin Oil.  Everyone will be asking for seconds.
 
Do you cook with pumpkin oil?  I seriously don’t know how we ever lived without pumpkin oil until I discovered it a few years ago.  I’m convinced it makes everything taste super nourishing.  I add it to everything: soups, salads, side dishes, main courses, desserts … I go through a bottle a month.  I often buy my pumpkin oil at a Russian store, but I also have it on amazon subscribe-and-save.   My favorite oil brand is La Tourangelle.  Their hazelnut oil is fantastic, and so are pumpkinavocado, sesame and walnut oils.   And not just for cooking.  I massage a few drops into my hands to keep them super soft all winter.

 
Fantastic cold weather soup that freezes well.  Bean, Squash, Apple with Pumpkin Oil.  Everyone will be asking for seconds.
 
This is one of our favorite soups from my winter repertoire.  It came together organically and over time.  At first it was a butternut squash soup, then apples made it into the mix, later we tried it with beans just because I already had some handy, and finally pumpkin oil added a wonderful final touch.   I use homemade chicken stock and home cooked beans, but feel free to make it with store bought organic stock and canned beans. 

Navy Beans, Squash, Apple Soup 
with Pumpkin Oil 

Ingredients

Pumpkin oil  – 2 TBSP + extra for each bowl
Onion – chopped
Salt – 1-2 tsp
Garlic – clove chopped
Chicken or Vegetable broth (homemade is best) – about 4 cups
Butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes
Baby navy beans, cooked
Granny Smith apples – 2 chopped
Chili powder to taste – about 1 tsp
 Toasted pumpkin seeds (optional)
 
1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add onion and salt and sauté about 5 minutes.

 
Fantastic cold weather soup that freezes well.  Bean, Squash, Apple with Pumpkin Oil.  Everyone will be asking for seconds.
 

2. Add garlic and cook for about 1 minute.
3. Add squash, apples, and spices and sauté for a few minutes stirring constantly.

 
Fantastic cold weather soup that freezes well.  Bean, Squash, Apple with Pumpkin Oil.  Everyone will be asking for seconds.
 
4. Add broth, bring to boil and simmer covered about 20 minutes or until squash is tender when pierced with fork.
5. Add beans to the pot and keep cooking for about 5 more minutes until beans are heated through.

 
Fantastic cold weather soup that freezes well.  Bean, Squash, Apple with Pumpkin Oil.  Everyone will be asking for seconds.
 

6. Using immersion blender puree soup until smooth.

 
Fantastic cold weather soup that freezes well.  Bean, Squash, Apple with Pumpkin Oil.  Everyone will be asking for seconds.
 
 
7. Serve hot with extra pumpkin oil and a sprinkle of chili powder for extra heat.

 
If it seems to you like too much work for a pot of soup, let me tell you another secret.  This soup freezes exceptionally well.  Any time you come home after a long day of being out in a freezing temperature, drop a bag of frozen soup into a pot (cut off the freezer bag with scissors) and by the time you change into your comfy clothes you will have a cup of steaming, nourishing, homemade soup that tastes amazing and is healthy to boot.

 
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What’s your favorite cold weather soup? 
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12 thoughts on “Navy Bean, Squash, Apple Soup with Pumpkin Oil

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    Curtis Nathan White, – G Host 2 weeks ago

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    Wow.
    Yet tasty?

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  2. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    I’ve never tried pumpkin oil before, but that soup sounds so delicious! Perfect comfort food to warm up with on a cold evening! :]

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    Kid Minds 2 weeks ago

    Thank you, Farrah!

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  3. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    I never even knew pumpkin oil existed! Something new to experiment with. :)

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    Kid Minds 1 week ago

    You will have fun, Kiersten!

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