Butternut Squash Soup Recipe (2024)

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Butternut Squash Soup Recipe (1)

What is it about soup that makes you feel so good? Maybe it is all the bone broth that is in there... Lots of nutrients and goodies, particularly if you make your stock from scratch. There is just something about a good soup, especially when it starts to get cold outside, that flips some kind of "comfy" switch inside. Like sitting down with a good friend. Mmm...Time for the butternut squash soup recipe.

Butternut squash is a winter squash, so it is best from November through into the spring. It's a very good source of vitamin C, potassium and magnesium, which are all important when you're following the Paleo, Primal, Vegetarian or Vegan lifestyles. Not only is it good for you, but it can be prepared in so many different ways. Butternut squash can be roasted, grilled or steamed. It is great for soups (yeah!), muffins or eaten right out of the skin. All around, it's a delicious fruit... yes, it's a fruit! You can even roast the seeds which taste delicious (check out how tobutter roast various pumpkin seeds).

When I am breaking down a butternut squash, two things happen. The first is the ½ inch rule. I take off ½ inch from the top and the bottom of the squash. This gives me flat surfaces to work with which are much safer. The next step is to separate the cylindrical section from the bulb section by cutting in half right above the bulb. Separating the squash like this makes it easier to peel (you can use a vegetable peeler or slice with a 7-10" chef's knife). Next, cut the bulb in half from top to bottom and scoop out all the stuff inside. Now you're ready to roast away!

QUICK COOKING TIP:Roasting isn't a process that can be rushed. It happens at the rate that it is going to happen. Firing up the oven to 500 degrees isn't going to roast the squash quicker... it is going to most likely burn the butternut on the outside and the inside will still be raw. You can decrease the time for roasting if you have an oven with a convect feature. Or, you can microwave the butternut squash to reduce the cooking time, but it won't have that nice caramelization that a full roast would give it.

Let's make this butternut squash soup recipe...

Yield: 4 servings

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe (5)

Roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions & chicken stock. Simple, delicious and well balanced.

Prep Time30 minutes

Cook Time1 hour

Total Time1 hour 30 minutes


  • 3 Cups Chicken Stock, or substitute vegetable stock
  • 1 Cup Butternut Squash, peeled and cubed (needs to yield approx 3 )
  • 1 Onion, peeled and diced (Spanish)
  • 2 tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • Kosher Salt & Fresh Cracked Pepper to taste


For the Butternut Squash

  1. Crank your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, coat the squash with some olive oil, kosher salt and pepper. Spread in a single layer on a foil lined baking sheet.
  3. Roast in the oven for 45 minutes or until caramelized and fork tender.
  4. Remove and add into the soup pot.

For the Onion

  1. In a heavy bottom pan, add in the coconut oil and olive oil over high heat. When it shimmers, add in the diced onion and a pinch of salt.
  2. Cover the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes on high heat. When the onion starts to brown, reduce the heat to low. Cover and continue to cook for an additional 10-15 minutes or until caramelized.

Adding it all together

  1. In your soup pot, add in the chicken stock, onions (with the oil from the pan) and the squash.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and cook for 10-12 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat.
  4. Using an immersion blender, puree the soup.
  5. When it is pureed, add in the balsamic vinegar. Mix with a spoon.
  6. Taste, adjust seasonings to your preference. Stir and taste again.
  7. Serve immediately and enjoy!


You can make the squash way ahead of time on this one. Four to five days in advance if you would like.

Keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Same thing goes for the caramelized onions.

My suggestion is to make the whole soup a day ahead... soups taste best the next day anyhow and this one is no different.

Nutrition Information


Amount Per ServingCalories 243

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Final Thoughts on the Butternut Squash Soup Recipe:

There are two steps that make this recipe really shine: roasting the squash and caramelizing the onions. When your squash is nicely roasted and fork tender, it takes on a sweet, nutty flavor. The caramelized onions bring out a sweet earthy flavor and the two just love one another.

If you don't have an immersion blender, go ahead and use a regular blender. PLEASE BE CAREFUL: if you use a regular blender, make sure that the clear center cap is removed from the lid and you put a kitchen towel or a folded paper towel over the spot where the center cap was. When you start to blend hot food, the steam will try to escape and without enough ventilation inside the blender you'll have super hot, partially blended food all over the kitchen. Not fun!

I've been getting a number of emails over the last 2 weeks about my use of balsamic vinegar in so many recipes. It's not that I love balsamic vinegar... believe me. It's that balsamic adds just a touch of acid to the dish that creates that full bodied mouthfeel. If you made this butternut squash recipe, try it first without the balsamic. Then add in ½ to ¾ of a teaspoon of balsamic, mix and taste again. You notice a perceptible difference immediately!

Think about making this butternut squash soup recipe for the holidays, or just any old cold winter day. Hopefully you'll get the feeling of sitting down with an old friend too. Let me know of any other butternut squash soup recipes you love in the comments- thanks!

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  1. Gina Kennedy says

    Butternut Squash Soup Recipe (7)
    Can't wait to make this Butternut Soup ... you didn't suggest a particular onion so was wondering. I was thinking a white onion, perhaps? Did you garnish this creamy soup with anything. I like to get the bigger Chinese pumpkin seeds at Whole Foods and toast them with sea salt. I'd love to see you come up with something for Zucchini Squash, which a peeler can make into spaghetti like strands.


    • Scott Groth says

      Hi Gina:
      For this recipe, I used a Spanish onion. I'm going in next to update! Thank you for bringing that to my attention. You can use a white onion as well if that is what you have on hand!
      I'm putting together a spaghetti squash carbonara recipe this week along with an Italian Meatball Marinara over Zoodles (spiralized zucchini noodles) to get posted up within the next week. Stay tuned for more great stuff to come.
      Thanks for writing-


  2. Melanie Cutler says

    Butternut Squash Soup Recipe (8)
    Terrific soup. So easy but with so much depth. I made a double batch and froze the extra for a rainy day. Thanks!!


    • Scott Groth says

      Hi Melanie:
      Glad to hear you enjoyed it.
      Thank you for posting.
      Have an awesome day in the kitchen!



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Butternut Squash Soup Recipe (2024)


How do you make butternut squash soup less bland? ›

I use ground sage and nutmeg which both enhance the flavors of butternut squash and bring out its natural sweetness. Stir in full-fat coconut milk to make this soup extra-creamy, and don't forget the salt and pepper!

How can I make my butternut squash soup less sweet? ›

Dry cooking methods such as roasting and sauteeing tend to bring a squash's sugars to the fore. You might want to blanch or par-cook the squash in a little bit of water before sauteeing; that would diminish the sweetness somewhat but allow you to finish the dish in the prescribed fashion.

Do you need to peel butternut squash for soup? ›

You can eat the skin, so there's no need to peel it. Simply halve it, scoop out the seeds and chop it into chunks, then roast it and add it to a warm winter salad or throw it into curries, stews or soups. You can also roast the seeds and eat them as a snack or sprinkled over a finished dish.

How can I thicken my butternut soup? ›

Add flour or cornflour

Put a tablespoon of either into a small bowl and stir in 2-3 tbsp of the soup until you have a smooth mixture. Stir this back into the soup and bring it to a simmer. Cook for a few minutes to allow the starch granules to burst to thicken, and to cook out any flour flavour.

Why is my butternut squash tasteless? ›

If it's underripe, the squash won't have developed its signature taste. If it's overripe, it may be dry, mushy or flavorless. Follow these tips the next time you're at the grocery store or farmers market to find the perfect recipe-ready butternut squash.

Why does my homemade soup taste bland? ›

If you find that your homemade or store-bought broth is thin and bland, you can concentrate its flavors by cooking it a little bit longer." Make sure to remove the lid or tilt it slightly to let the steam escape. Reducing your broth to two-thirds of its original volume should result in two times the flavor," she says.

Why does my butternut soup taste sour? ›

What happened? It's no coincidence that the butternut squash soup had fermented, alcoholic notes. Indeed, fermented rice turns out to be the culprit here. Rice is high in starch, which is relatively easy to ferment.

What can I add to soup to make it sweeter? ›

Sugar: A pinch of sugar softens the edges of anything that tastes too sour or harsh (looking at you, tomato-based soups).

How do you make soup less bland? ›

Perk up a Bland Soup With Simple Pantry Staples

Add a splash of vinegar (any kind!), or a squeeze of citrus. Chances are, you could use a little more salt. Go ahead—it's ok. Salt perks up flat flavors and helps balance out bitter-tasting ingredients.

What pairs with butternut squash soup? ›

What to Serve with Butternut Squash Soup. Enjoy this soup as a starter, side, or main dish. When I'm making it the center of a meal, I serve it with good crusty bread, homemade focaccia, avocado toast, or corn muffins and a simple veggie side or fall salad.

How do you thicken squash soup? ›

How do I thicken butternut squash soup? If you find the soup is too thin, try adding pureed white beans to the soup. You can also use a small amount of cornstarch or arrowroot powder mixed with water (called a slurry) to thicken it up. Use a 1-to-2 ratio (for example, 1 teaspoon of cornstarch to 2 teaspoons of water).

What does butternut squash soup taste like? ›

It's perfectly sweet, a bit nutty, just the right amount of spicy, and so so smooth. It's the perfect meal when served with some crispy bread or even a grilled cheese top dip with! The creamiest and coziest soup you can make in fall is butternut squash soup!

Why is my butternut squash soup so bitter? ›

Some butternut squash is more bitter than others, which may cause your soup to taste slightly bitter. If this is the case, try adding a bit more honey.

Why is my butternut squash soup gritty? ›

The flesh of the squash is soft and tender—perfect for a smooth pureed soup. Why is my butternut squash soup gritty? Under-cooked squash will make this soup more gritty than smooth. Make sure all of your vegetables (and fruits) are very tender before blending and you'll have effortlessly creamy soup every time.

Is Butternut soup good for you? ›

Healthy Hair & Skin

Since Butternut Squash is loaded with vitamin A, it can enhance your hair and skin. Vitamin A helps to boost sebum production, which helps keep hair moisturized. It is also loaded with vitamin C, which helps to build collagen and gives structure to skin and hair.

How do I fix bland tasting soup? ›

Perk up a Bland Soup With Simple Pantry Staples

Add a splash of vinegar (any kind!), or a squeeze of citrus. Chances are, you could use a little more salt. Go ahead—it's ok. Salt perks up flat flavors and helps balance out bitter-tasting ingredients.

What can I add to soup to make it less bland? ›

If a soup is tasting bland in the bowl, consider adding acid rather than salt. A squeeze of lemon or lime, or a dash of yogurt or sour cream can add brightness to the bowl.

How do you salvage bland soup? ›

Not enough depth: A well-rounded soup has multiple layers of flavour, including acidity, umami, and sweetness. If your soup is missing any of these, it may taste bland. Adding ingredients like vinegar or lemon juice for acidity, parmesan cheese for umami, or even a touch of sweetness can make a world of difference.

How do you elevate boxed butternut squash soup? ›

5 Ways to Upgrade Store-Bought Butternut Squash Soup
  1. Bacon-Butternut Squash Pasta. Whisk 4 c. ...
  2. Squash Cornbread. Prepare and bake 1 box cornbread mix as label directs, replacing liquid with equal amount butternut squash soup. ...
  3. Spicy Veggie Chili. Simmer 4 c. ...
  4. Instant Curry Dinner. Simmer 4 c. ...
  5. Squash Mashed Potatoes.
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