This butternut squash soup represents the perfect fall dish, combining the rich, sweet, and earthy flavor of butternut squash with its elegant color and creamy texture.

Our recipe is easy to make, and it’s excellent as a cozy starter, nourishing main, and for a special holiday meal.

Butternut soup in a pot with toasted bread

You’ll love this easy butternut squash soup recipe because you can make it with minimal effort; it has a satisfyingly bold and balanced flavor and combines a hearty yet elegant texture.

To make it, you can follow three easy steps:

  1. Roast the butternut squash in the oven with garlic, onion, carrot, and aromatics like sage and thyme.
  2. Blend everything with vegetable broth.
  3. Simmer for a few minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

We keep ours light and simple to fully appreciate the flavor of the squash, but optionally, you can enrich it with coconut milk, heavy cream, sour cream, or butter.

Or you can use their respective dairy-free substitutes to turn it into a vegan butternut squash soup.

butternut squash soup with dairy-free cream

Ingredients & Substitutions

butternut squash soup ingredients

Quantities are in the recipe box at the bottom of the page.

Butternut squash

You can use pre-chopped butternut squash to save time or whole butternut squash that you peel, seed, and chop at home.

Substitute sweet potato, pumpkin, or another winter squash for butternut squash.

Carrot, garlic, and onion

Carrot, garlic, and onion add complex flavor nuances that make this roasted butternut squash soup more refined, complex, and delicious.

The roasted garlic, for instance, adds a mellow earthy flavor. The onion and the carrot caramelize in the oven and add sweet and smokey notes.

Olive oil

Extra virgin olive oil helps us roast and brown the veggies.

We recommend extra virgin because of its superior taste and nutrition. Its high antioxidant content makes it more resistant and stable at high temperatures than most other oils.

Substitute avocado oil for olive oil.

Fresh herbs

We recommend fresh sage and thyme leaves. Their earthy, autumny notes meld perfectly with the roasted butternut squash.

Substitute rosemary for thyme.

Ginger

Ginger adds a zesty, sharp edge to the soup, contrasting its sweetness and making it more interesting.

We use fresh ginger, peeled, and add it to the blender raw.

Vegetable broth

We prefer vegetable broth to chicken stock for our soups so everyone, including vegetarians and vegans, can enjoy our recipes.

Salt and pepper

We use sea salt or kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Optional spices

This butternut squash soup is already delicious without adding anything else.

However, if you’d like to add some extra spices, add a pinch of grated nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin, or 1/2 teaspoon of curry powder. Pick one.

butternut squash soup with croutons

How to make butternut squash soup

Preheat the oven to 400°F or 200°C.

Peel, seed, and chop the butternut squash into large chunks and add it to a baking sheet.

Add chopped onion, chopped carrot, crushed garlic with the peel on, sage leaves, thyme leaves picked off the steam, salt, black pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.

Tip: we don’t use parchment paper, but you can do so if you prefer. We peel the squash with a vegetable peeler and scoop out the seeds with a spoon.

butternut squash soup vegetables

Toss, arrange on a single layer without overlapping, and bake for 30 minutes or until fork tender.

butternut squash soup vegetables after baking

Discard the garlic peel, then blend all veggies with vegetable broth and ginger.

Note: you can use a standing blender, working in batches. Or you can add everything into a Dutch oven and blend with an immersion blender.

blended butternut squash soup in dutch oven

Transfer the soup to a large pot or Dutch oven and simmer for 5 minutes or until you reach your desired consistency, adding more broth if necessary.

Taste and adjust for salt and spices before serving in a bowl.

Note: Roasted butternut squash soup is naturally creamy; however, if you want to enrich it, stir in coconut milk, heavy cream, sour cream, butter, or dairy-free alternatives.

butternut squash soup with dairy-free cream

Serving suggestions

Garnish roasted butternut squash soup with a drizzle of coconut or heavy cream and a pinch of fresh thyme leaves or pumpkin seeds.

Alternatively, top with homemade croutons or air-fried croutons and a sprinkle of fresh parsley.

Top it with roasted chickpeas or air fryer chickpeas for a more substantial meal.

butternut squash soup with croutons

Serve this easy butternut squash soup as a light and elegant dinner, and pair it with a choice of warm bread like:

  • Bruschetta (cherry tomatoes, basil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, e.v. olive oil, etc.)
  • Focaccia (flour, instant dry yeast, rosemary, good quality olive oil, etc.)
  • Crostini (bread, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, etc.)
  • (chickpeas, olive oil, spices, salt, etc.)
  • Pita bread (flour, instant dry yeast, sugar, water, etc.)

Questions

Do I need to peel butternut for soup?

We recommend peeling butternut squash for making soup because peeled butternut squash produces a creamier, more velvety soup texture.

Having said that, butternut squash skin is perfectly edible when cooked, so you don’t have to peel it if you don’t want to.

What is the easiest way to peel butternut squash?

You can peel butternut squash with a vegetable peeler. Put the squash on a cutting board so it’s stable, and always peel away from your hand and body.

Alternatively, you can cut the squash in half lengthwise, put it cut side down on a cutting board, and cut off the skin with a sharp chef’s knife.

Storage

Make ahead: Roasted butternut squash soup is an excellent recipe to make ahead as it keeps well for a few days.

Refrigerator: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Reheat: warm it in the microwave or a pot with a dash of water if the soup is too thick.

Freezer: Let the soup cool down completely, then transfer it into a freezer-friendly container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator for several hours or in the microwave.

dutch oven full of butternut squash soup

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Butternut squash soup in a pot

Butternut Squash Soup

By: Nico Pallotta
5 from 16 votes
This butternut squash soup represents the perfect fall dish, combining the rich, sweet, and earthy flavor of butternut squash with its elegant color and creamy texture.
Our recipe is easy to make, and it's excellent as a cozy starter, nourishing main, and for a special holiday meal.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 – 6 people
Course: Appetizer, Soup
Cuisine: American

Equipment

  • Blender or immersion blender

Ingredients

  • pounds butternut squash peeled, seeded, and cut into large chunks
  • ½ pound carrots cut into chunks
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 5 sprigs thyme only the leaves, no stem
  • 5 leaves sage
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 twists black pepper
  • 2 – 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon ginger peeled and grated

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F or 200°C.
    Peel, seed, and chop 2½ pounds butternut squash into large chunks and add it to a baking sheet.
    Add ½ pound carrots (chopped), 1 large onion (chopped), 2 cloves garlic (crushed and with the peel on), 5 sprigs thyme, 5 leaves sage.
    Season with 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil,1 teaspoon salt, and 2 twists black pepper.
    butternut squash soup vegetables
  • Toss, arrange on a single layer without overlapping, and bake for 30 minutes or until fork tender.
    butternut squash soup vegetables after baking
  • Discard the garlic peel, then blend all veggies with 2 – 3 cups vegetable stock and 1 teaspoon ginger (grated).
    blended butternut squash soup in dutch oven
  • Transfer the soup to a large pot and simmer for 5 minutes or until you reach your desired consistency, adding more broth if necessary.
    Taste and adjust for salt and spices before serving in a bowl.
    butternut squash soup with dairy-free cream

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate for one portion of butternut squash soup out of four portions, without toppings. 
STORAGE
Make ahead: Roasted butternut squash soup is an excellent recipe to make ahead as it keeps well for a few days.
Refrigerator: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Reheat: warm it in the microwave or a pot with a dash of water if the soup is too thick.
Freezer: Let the soup cool down completely, then transfer it into a freezer-friendly container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator for several hours or in the microwave.
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Nutrition

Calories: 239kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Potassium: 1257mg, Dietary Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 39921IU, Vitamin B6: 1mg, Vitamin C: 68mg, Vitamin E: 5mg, Vitamin K: 16µg, Calcium: 174mg, Folate: 95µg, Iron: 3mg, Manganese: 1mg, Magnesium: 110mg, Zinc: 1mg
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4 Comments

  1. Love this recipe I added rosemary instead of thyme and a touch of cinnamon and its wonderful on a chilly fall day. Thanks for the recipe

    1. That sounds like a cosy and comforting addition, Lamika. Thank you for your suggestion and for taking the time to leave a message.
      Kindest, Louise

  2. 5 stars
    I already made some of your recipes and even my very critical Italian family members love them!
    Yesterday I made your Roasted Butternut Squash Soup and it became the most delicious soup I have ever made (and tasted). A big compliment for your recipes, the videos, the explanations and everything you do!

    1. Ciao Lou, thank you very much for your commenting- I am delighted that the soup could satisfy (even) your Italian family! I appreciate your kind words and support a lot ❤️ cheers, Nico