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Butternut Squash Soup Recipe: Cozy Comfort in a Bowl

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Butternut Squash Soup

If you’re looking for a dish that’s both comforting and easy to make, butternut squash soup is the perfect choice. This rich and creamy soup is full of flavor and only needs a few simple ingredients.

You’ll love how quickly it comes together, and there are plenty of ways to customize it to your taste. Whether you like it smooth and silky or with a bit of texture, you can easily adjust this recipe to suit your preferences.

With helpful tips for peeling and seeding the squash, you’ll find that making this soup is easier than you think. Plus, there are many delicious toppings you can add to make it your own, from a dollop of cream to a sprinkle of fresh herbs.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

Here’s a simple list of what you’ll need to make butternut squash soup:

Main Ingredients:

  • Butternut Squash: 1 large squash, peeled and cubed
  • Onion: 1 medium, diced
  • Garlic: 2 cloves, minced
  • Carrot: 1 large, chopped
  • Broth: 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • Seasonings: Salt, pepper, nutmeg, and cinnamon

Possible Substitutes:

  • Butternut Squash: Pumpkin or acorn squash
  • Onion: Shallots or leeks
  • Garlic: Garlic powder or roasted garlic
  • Carrot: Sweet potatoes or parsnips
  • Broth: Water combined with bouillon cubes or homemade stock
  • Seasonings: Adjust based on taste; try adding curry powder or ginger for a twist

Optional Add-ins:

  • Apple: Adds natural sweetness
  • Celery: For extra flavor
  • Potatoes: For a creamier texture

Feel free to experiment with the ingredients and substitutes to match your preferences. This flexibility makes the soup both delicious and customizable!


  1. Prepare Ingredients
    Peel and seed one large butternut squash. Cut it into cubes. Chop one onion and mince two cloves of garlic.

  2. Cook Squash
    In a large pot, heat two tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until it’s translucent. Add the garlic and cook for one more minute.

  3. Simmer
    Add the cubed squash to the pot. Pour in four cups of vegetable broth. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the squash is tender.

  4. Blend
    Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until it’s smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can use a regular blender. Be sure to let the soup cool slightly before transferring it to the blender.

  5. Add Creaminess
    Stir in 1/2 cup of heavy cream or coconut milk. Cook for another 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally until heated through.

  6. Adjust Seasoning
    Taste the soup and add more salt and pepper if needed. You can also add a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon for extra flavor.

  7. Serve
    Ladle the soup into bowls. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil or a sprinkle of fresh herbs like parsley or thyme. Enjoy your delicious butternut squash soup!

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

For a twist, you can add coconut milk to your butternut squash soup for a creamy texture and a hint of tropical flavor.

If you like spicy food, try adding a pinch of cayenne pepper or red chili flakes.

A dash of nutmeg or cinnamon gives the soup a warm, comforting taste.

When you’re ready to serve, consider these ideas:

  • Crusty Bread: Perfect for dipping.
  • Toasted Pumpkin Seeds: Adds a nice crunch.
  • Fresh Herbs: Sprinkle with parsley or chives for color and flavor.
  • Swirl of Cream: Makes it look and taste more luxurious.

For a hearty meal, you can pair the soup with a fresh green salad.

You can also add cooked chicken or tofu to the soup for extra protein.

If you’re in the mood for something sweet, serve with a side of apple slices or pear wedges.

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.