2 lbs. butternut squash, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped
4 c. chicken or vegetable broth
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and chopped
1 Tbsp. port wine (optional)
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 c. plain yogurt (optional)
pinch each of ground cinnamon and cayenne pepper
Heat butter in a large sauce pan or soup pot over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until softened, about 8 - 10 minutes. Add garlic, ginger and curry powder and cook for 1 minute while constantly stirring.
Add squash, vegetable broth and apple to the stock pot. Cover and cook until the squash is soft, about 20 - 25 minutes. Add the port and turn the heat off.
Cool soup slightly; carefully puree soup with an immersion blender or in batches using a blender or food processor. Reheat the soup in the stock pot and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Ladle into soup bowls. Garnish each bowl with a dollop (or swirl) of yogurt and a pinch of cinnamon and/or cayenne pepper, if desired. Serve immediately.
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