When the calendar flips to Fall start dreaming about the best Butternut Squash Soup Recipe!
This is the recipe that I make over and over because it’s super simple and so satisfying. It’s packed with warm Fall flavors and can be made vegetarian (or not!) and gluten-free.
One of the best things about soups are their versatility. Any vegetable combined with broth can become soup! This easy Butternut Squash Soup recipe is a great template for any pureed soup.
Choosing ingredients for Butternut Squash Soup:
Butternut squash is abundant in the Fall. It’s really simple to peel and cut your own. If you’ve never done that click over to see our step-by-step guide to How to Peel, Cut, and Prep Butternut Squash. You can also buy it cubed in many grocery stores in the produce section.
- Olive oil
- White onion
- Butternut squash
- Vegetable (or Chicken) Stock
- Salt and Pepper
It’s easy to Peel, Cut, and Prep Butternut Squash
How to make Butternut Squash Soup
To give this soup a touch of sweetness I add a little apple and carrot. Because the ingredients will be pureed at the end you can just roughly chop everything before adding to the soup pot to cook.
- Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high until it’s shimmering
- Add onions and garlic
- Saute for about one minute, stirring constantly
- Add the butternut squash, carrots, and apples and saute briefly
- Add the vegetable stock, herbs, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine and if needed add additional stock (or water)
- Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and cover
- Cook until vegetables are softened – about 25 minutes
- Using an immersion (stick) blender puree until smooth
- If you are using a blender, puree in 2 batches
- Taste and adjust seasoning, if needed. If you like your soup a little spicy, add extra cayenne to suit your tastes. Remember a little bit goes a long way!
- Add any garnishes and serve
Using an immersion blender to puree soup:
One of the best ways to puree soups and vegetables is with an immersion blender, also called a stick blender. There are so many things you can do with a stick blender beyond soup. Use it for salad dressings, marinades, dips, and milkshakes.
If you don’t have an immersion blender just use your regular blender for a smooth soup. Be very careful using a blender for hot liquids, and blend in 2 small batches, with your hand and a kitchen towel on the lid.
Butternut squash soup is incredible on its own but there are a lot of garnishes that work well on top of the soup. Here are some of my favorites:
- Drizzle with cream or half & half (or coconut milk if you want to make a vegetarian butternut squash soup)
- Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
- Dried cranberries or cherries
- Crispy bits of bacon or Proscuitto
- Our Roasted Chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) with spices
Can you freeze Butternut Squash Soup?
Yes! This soup freezes beautifully. Be sure to cool the soup completely, then divide into portions, and freeze for up to 3 months.
What to serve with Butternut Squash Soup:
This soup can be a complete meal but also makes a great side dish. We love it with the following recipes:
- Chile Lime Pork Tenderloin is grilled to perfection with a zesty citrus glaze
- Our popular Perfect Pan Seared Scallops can be made in just 10 minutes!
- Simple Oven Baked Salmon is an easy main course to pair with this soup
Butternut Squash Soup Recipe
- 1 Tbsp Olive oil
- 1 Tbsp chopped garlic, or to taste
- 1 cup white onion, chopped
- 1 medium Butternut Squash, peeled and cubed (about 4 cups)
- 1 cup carrots, chopped into 1" pieces
- 1 cup apple, peeled, cored and cut into 1" pieces
- 2 cups vegetable stock, Or chicken stock
- 2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp cayenne, or to taste
- 2 Tbsp cream, half & half or coconut milk
- 2 Tbsp roasted pumpkin seeds
- 2 Tbsp dried cranberries or cherries
- 2 Tbsp Proscuitto or bacon cooked crisp and crumbled
- 4 Tbsp Roasted Chickpeas
- Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onions and garlic. Saute for one minute, stirring constantly to make sure garlic doesn't burn.
- Add butternut squash, carrots, and apples and saute briefly.Add vegetable stock, herbs, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. If needed, add additional liquid (water or stock).
- Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Cook until vegetables are softened, about 25 minutes.
- Using an immersion blender, puree until completely smooth. Alternately, puree in 2 batches in a blender. If using a blender be very careful blending the hot liquid, and don't overfill with hot soup.
- Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed. Add any garnishes and serve.