Roasting creates a rich, caramelized flavor, but you can cook the squash cubes directly in the broth if you're short on time. They should pierce easily with a fork when they're done. —Jen Lehner, Seattle, Washington
This thick and creamy soup became a part of Evelyn Bentley's recipe collection, thanks to her grown daughter, Jane. "We share recipes back and forth all the time," pens Evelyn from Ames, Iowa. "This one, we both agree, is a real treat!" (To make it extra fun, our home economists suggest using the squash shells as serving bowls.)
For several years, we've been enjoying this velvety, yet healthy soup at Thanksgiving. Butternut squash isn’t the easiest thing to cut into, so I go ahead and buy mine pre-chopped. —Christen Chalmers, Houston, Texas
Autumn has always been my favorite time of year and the combination of butternut squash and apples reminds me of autumn. The spicy chipotle peppers adds some heat and zip. Using two chipotle peppers will make a spicy soup. If you prefer less heat, add only one pepper or no peppers at all.—Andrea Gilkenson, Wausau, Wisconsin
"I make a big batch of this soup when I have an abundance of zucchini from the garden," writes Suzanne McKinley of Lyons, Georgia. "In winter, I just heat and serve it to be reminded of summer's goodness. It's also a nice treat to take to a shut-in or sick friend."