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Apple Soup Is the Fall Comfort Food You Didn't Know You Needed

Use Hudson Valley apples to make this creamy, comforting soup recipe.


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This soup is a delicate blend of tart Granny Smith apples and sweet caramelized onion. While cooking this dish, keep the apple slices in a small bowl of water with half a lemon squeezed into it; pat the apple slices dry before garnishing the soup.


Apple Soup

Makes 8 servings


  • 4 Tbsp butter or vegetable oil
  • 5 cups thinly sliced onions
  • 4 cups diced Granny Smith apples (peeled and cored)
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 qt vegetable broth or water
  • 3 cups apple cider or juice
  • ½ cup heavy cream, heated
  • Sachet: 3 to 4 parsley stems, 2 whole cloves, and 1 garlic clove enclosed in a tea ball or tied up in a cheesecloth pouch
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground white pepper to taste
  • 8 thin slices Red Delicious apple



  1. Melt butter in a soup pot over medium heat. Add onions and cook until golden brown, 5 to 8 minutes. Add the apples and continue to cook for 2 more minutes.
  2. Add flour and stir well with a wooden spoon. Cook over medium heat for 1 minute.
  3. Add broth gradually, using a whisk to work out any lumps between each addition. Add apple cider and sachet.
  4. Bring soup to a simmer and continue to simmer gently for 30 minutes. Stir soup occasionally and skim surface as necessary.
  5. Discard sachet and strain soup through a sieve, reserving the liquid. Purée the solids and return to the soup pot.
  6. Add enough of the reserved liquid to achieve a soup consistency. Add cream and blend well. Return to a simmer. Season to taste with salt and white pepper.
  7. Serve in heated bowls, garnished with a slice of red apple.

This recipe is from Culinary Institute of America’s The New Book of Soups (2009, Lebhar-Freidman Books).

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