Navy Bean, Squash, Apple Soup: healthy comfort food to make with kids

Navy Bean, Squash, Apple Soup: healthy comfort food to make with kids

Inside:  healthy comfort soup to make with your kids during the cold months of the year. It’s especially great along with some children’s books featuring France.

One of two choices is available to Chicagoans at this time of year. We can either wrap ourselves in existential depression until April, lamenting the disappearance of warmer weather, or we can break out snow pants and embrace the cold.


One of the things that helps us embrace the cooler weather is my winter recipes’ folder. It’s full of recipes for nurturing soups, cozy pies, and other comfort foods that I can make with my kids. Not only is cooking together great for bonding, but all that cooking also keeps our kitchen warm and our bellies full of yummy, healthy food.

This is one of our favorite soups from my winter repertoire. In my family, this recipe is known as French soup for two reasons. For one, it uses pumpkin oil. From my semester in Paris, I learned that French people are especially enthusiastic about pumpkin oil. And two, French pumpkin soup is all the rage. I couldn’t sell my kids on the idea of a traditional French pumpkin soup (“It’s not Thanksgiving, mom“), but squash is acceptable in their books. 

Healthy comfort soup to make with your kids during the cold months of the year. It's especially great along with some children's books featuring France. #coldweather #comfortfood #soup #kidsinthekitchen #french

I use homemade chicken stock and home-cooked beans, but feel free to make it with store-bought organic stock and canned beans. Do add a few drops of pumpkin oil to a bowl of soup for extra flavor. If your local store doesn’t have it, Amazon carries an amazing French brand, La Tourangelle. Try it! And not just for cooking. I massage a few drops into my hands to keep them super soft all winter. 

Disclaimer: this post contains Amazon affiliate links. If you buy pumpkin oil through my link, I will get super rich I will get a small commission at no cost to you. 



Navy Beans, Squash, Apple Soup 

(with Pumpkin Oil) 


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 – about 2-3 cups
Granny Smith apples – 2 chopped
Chili powder to taste – about 1 Tsp
Toasted pumpkin seeds (optional)
Pumpkin oil  – 2 Tablespoons + extra for each bowl

What to do

The prep 

Ask your child to chop onions, garlic, and apples, while you peel and cut the squash.

Disclaimer: please, use common sense when cooking with your children. If your children have never used the knife don’t start with cutting apples. If they don’t know stove safety rules, don’t ask them to stir the soup. 



1. (Adult) Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and salt. Sauté about 5 minutes.

2. (Adult) Add garlic and cook for about 1 minute.

3. (Child) Add squash, apples, and spices. (Adult) sauté for a few minutes stirring constantly.

4. (Adult) Add broth, bring to a boil and simmer covered for about 20 minutes or until squash is tender when pierced with a fork.

5. (Adult) Add beans to the pot and keep cooking for about 5 more minutes until beans are heated through.


6. Using immersion blender puree soup until smooth.

Healthy comfort soup to make with your kids during the cold months of the year. It's especially great along with some children's books featuring France. #coldweather #comfortfood #soup #kidsinthekitchen #french

7. Serve hot with extra pumpkin oil and a sprinkle of chili powder for extra heat.


If this recipe seems 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 freezing temperatures, 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.


What’s your favorite cold weather soup to make with kids? 


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  3. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    This looks delicious! Perfect for a cold, fall day!

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    Curtis Nathan White, – G Host 2 weeks ago


    Yet tasty?

  5. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    Ooooh this looks so delicious and perfect for the coming cold season :)

  6. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    Looks really good. I would love to try making this, we love soup.

  7. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    This soup looks and sounds delicious! I’ve never seen anyone use pumpkin oil before. 

  8. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    This sounds delicious! I love squash! 

  9. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    This looks so yummy! Its getting cold where I live and this looks perfect to warm up with.

  10. 2 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    I love squash soups. It is a must for fall and winter. I have never added apples. What a delicious twist

  11. 6 days ago – Shared publicly

    This recipe sounds amazing! Just wanted to let you know you will be featured on #LaughLearnLinkup tomorrow! I can ‘t wait to see what you share with us next time. 

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 5 days ago

    I must try this..

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