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Sunday, November 17 at 6:30pm CST

Apple Curry Butternut Squash Soup

INGREDIENTS

2 stalks celery
1 large carrot
1 small onion
6 cloves garlic
1 knob fresh ginger
1 large butternut squash (or 8 cups pre-cubbed squash, fresh or frozen)
2 apples (any kind)
2 cans coconut milk
23 oz veggie stock
Olive oil, curry powder, salt and pepper
Toppings: bunch of scallions, pecans, goat cheese
Optional: crusty sourdough bread for dipping 🙂

UTENSILS NEEDED

cutting board and knife
1 large pot (or dutch oven)
Blender or emulsion blender
Skillet (to toast bread)

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