Prep Time  20minutes
Cook Time  55minutes
Total Time  75minutes

Butternut Squash Soup

One of the great seasonal dishes, butternut squash soup is perfect as Fall ramps up, the leaves change and the pumpkins come out.  This version of butternut squash soup is creamy and delicious and makes a great starter to an autumn meal.  You'll see the video above, that I added a bit of coconut and curry powder to that version - one of my favorite ways to change things up. However, my classic version below, remains my favorite.

I start out by roasting off the squash which helps to concentrate the flavors that will eventually come out in the soup.  A bit of chicken stock, some onion, garlic and few other ingredients, and your good to go.  It only take about an hour to make, although all your friends will think that it took you half a day to put together.  And of course, I'm sure you're going to love it!

Ingredients for Butternut Squash Soup

  • One butternut squash
  • One yellow onion
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • A pint of apple juice
  • 2 apples
  • 5-7 sage leaves
  • Thyme
  • 2 quarts of chicken stock
  • 1 pint of cream (optional – of course, nearly everything is optional – make the soup once, then change whatever you’d like)

Recipe Overview & Keys to Success

This recipe for butter nut squash soup has 3 major steps.  The first is to cut and roast  the butternut squash so that the water evaporates from the squash and the edges begin to caramelize which will create a more concentrated flavor in the final product.  The second step is to make the soup base with the mirepoix and other ingredients, and the final step is to blend the soup to create a smooth creamy texture.

Prepare and Roast the Squash

  • The first and probably hardest step in this recipe is peeling the squash.  The skin of the squash is thicker and tougher than an apple and the squash’s shape can make it a bit tough to handle. The simplest way to do this is to use a potato peeler to remove all the skin, however with a little experience you can get it done faster using a knife - Check out this video for a quick demo.
  • Once the squash is peeled, cut it in half, and remove the seeds, then dice the squash into cubes that are about 1.5 inches on each side.
  • Toss those pieces in a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper, and then spread those pieces on a baking sheet.  I line the sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up.
  • Put the squash in a pre-heated over of 375 – 400 degrees for about 30 – 40 minutes or until the squash is tender, and the edges start turning golden brown
  • Once done, remove the squash from the oven

Making the Soup Base

  • While the butternut squash is roasting prepare the soup base by dicing the carrot, onion and celery into the same size dice.
  • Mince the garlic and peel and cut the apples into 1 – 2 inch dice (the size doesn’t really matter as the soup will be blended together at the end anyway)
  • Heat up the pot you’ll use to cook the soup in, add a few tablespoons of olive oil, and add the carrot, onion and celery.  After a few minutes add the garlic and apples and let it all sauté, stirring periodically until the vegetables are soft and the onions translucent
  • Add the sage (roughly chopped) and Thyme, and let them cook about 2 minutes
  • Add the chicken stock and apple juice and the cooked squash and let the soup cook for about 2 hours at a low simmer
  • The liquid should easily cover the ingredients, if it does not, add some more water

Blending the Butternut Squash Soup

  • After the soup has been cooking for a couple hours, all the flavor should be blended together.  Taste the soup and add any salt or pepper as needed
  • While I like to blend the soup while it’s still warm, it will be easier if you let it cool for 30 – 45 minutes so it’s not so hot it’s hard to touch
  • With a ladle, transfer the soup to a blender, making sure there is enough liquid (along with the solids) to allow the blender to do its thing.  Be careful blending hot liquids in a blender as they can come bursting through the top.  I hold a towel over the blender and start with very short/quick pluses to get started.
  • It will probably take several cycles to get all the soup blended; once you finish with blending transfer the blended soup to another pot, on low heat
  • Once all the soup is blended an back on the heat, if you’d like you can add the cream.  This will make the soup richer and smoother, but totally optional


There a several different ways to serve the soup.  I like to serve it hot, with a drizzle of olive oil, and some fried sage leaf on top.  But other great garnishes include: sour cream, chili oil, chives, truffle or truffle oil, or anything else you like.

Butternut Squash Soup

Comments (18 )

February 12th, 2015 - 1:35pm
Sir, The ingredients do not list apples but in the recipe, there are apples included that are cut up. How many apples are in the recipe? TIA
February 12th, 2015 - 1:37pm
Sir, My bad! I have seen the 2 apples listed. No idea how I missed them the first time around.
Moses Brodin
April 29th, 2019 - 4:14am
I never thought of roasting canned tomatoes, but love the idea. Can’t wait to try it – and this marvelous-looking soup.
Victoria Tegg
June 9th, 2019 - 10:51pm
oh man, made this tonight and it is amazing!! I bought a really small squash and then only made half of the sauce recipe.. and it was perfect for two servings. Love the sauce so so much!
Moses Brodin
June 11th, 2019 - 11:46pm
Squash pairs perfeclty with Mexican flavors, so this was ingenious! I can't wait to see what else you make with it and get cooking with it!
Alisha Ross
June 12th, 2019 - 10:56pm
I’m SO glad someone else just halves and roasts squash and THEN deals with … why people do this whole peel, chop, roast thing is beyond me…..!? Rustic bakery sounds like somewhere I need to go on return to the Bay Area. My favourite indulgent lunch is baked goats cheese on seasonal greens – alla Chez Pannise, but so easy to recreate at home NEARLY as well..
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Eve Hunt
July 17th, 2019 - 12:26am
this was fabulous! And different! And easy! Saving this recipe for sure - thanks much!!
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July 1st, 2021 - 3:00am
I found this recipe via pinterest and wanted to take the time to comment on this wonderful dish. Very easy to make, delicious flavours and easy to follow directions. I added 2 tbsp of sriracha sauce and found the spice level good for hubby and I, but a bit zippy for the kiddo's (which can be easily fixed with less spice). Thanks so much for sharing your recipe.
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Thank you for sharing these awesome crock pot recipes. My family and I tend to eat the same thing every week due to the fact that both parents work full-time jobs and by the time baby is picked up from preschool we are all exhausted. These crock pot recipes give me a better idea of ways to incorporate new meals. The food will be done by the time we get home and not spending an hour trying to cook after we finally make it home from work.
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December 25th, 2022 - 11:47pm
I loved this the first time I made it using brown sugar but tonight I made it with Stevia not realizing that the ratios are so different. A word to the wise, if using a substitute use a LOT less. We had to throw the whole thing away.

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