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From home cooking to farm-to-table cuisine, the Upstate is a place for foodies. You can enter your favorite recipes during our quarterly Carolina Eats Recipe Sweepstakes presented by Ingles. All submitted recipes will be published here for everyone to enjoy.

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Carolina Eats – Butternut Squash with Apple & Cheddar Soup

Traci McConnell shared this “Butternut Squash with Apple & Cheddar Soup” recipe with us for our Carolina Eats Sensational Soups contest.


4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 medium apples, cored, peeled & diced
1 large white potato, peeled & diced
1 1/2 cups peeled & chopped butternut squash Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/3 cup apple juice
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese

Cooked Bacon Bits or Pieces
Grated sharp cheddar cheese
Chopped chives


Melt butter in a large pot over medium-low heat and add the onion, apples, potato and squash. Season with salt and pepper and cook until the onion is soft, about 8 minutes.

Stir in the sage and flour. Add the apple juice and cook over high heat, stirring, until thickened.

Add the broth and milk, cover and bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring, until the potato is soft, 8 to 10 minutes.

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Add the cheese to the soup and stir over medium-low heat until melted.

Puree in a blender in batches until smooth; season with salt and pepper.

Garnish with the bacon, more cheese and chives. Goes great with crusty bread.

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