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Butternut Squash Soup

butternut squash soup gluten-free vegan recipe
Simple and creamy vegan butternut squash soup to warm your belly.

This vegan recipe for butternut squash soup is great for a cold winter’s day. We’ve had a lot of those lately. I haven’t worn anything outside but snow boots in 2007.

We just had our 7th snow storm in seven weeks. I don’t mind, I was raised in California where we pretended that a heavy frost was “snow.” Here’s some good grub for staying warm.

Butternut Squash Soup


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced in 2 inch cubes
  • 8 cups water or stock, boiling
  1. In a large soup pot, warm the oil (or butter)
  2. Caramelize onion in the pot, sauteing 10-15 minutes until golden brown
  3. Add the squash cubes and cook for 10 more minutes until the outside of the cube is a bit soft
  4. Pour the boiling water (or stock) over the onion/squash mixture
  5. Bring entire mixture up to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes
  6. In a vitamix, puree soup in very small batches (as not to scorch yourself and have soup splattered on your ceiling) at low, then working up to high speed until mixture is smooth and creamy
  7. Serve piping hot (unless for babes)

Serves 8


posted on January 30, 2007, 31 comments

  1. ~M

    Hi Elana,

    I was wondering which brand of store-bought vegetarian stock/broth you recommend if homemade is not an option.

    This soup looks tasty…my fiancĂ© loves any recipe that begins with “caramelize the onions…” :)


  2. Hi ~M,

    Sorry I can’t be of more help with this, I make stock every Friday night with the bones from our Shabbos chicken dish. I can’t recall the last time I bought stock pre-made.

    Maybe you could post this question in the forums.


  3. ~M

    Hi Elana,

    This soup was fabulous and almost sweet! I am so happy to have another great soup in my repertoire. And I bet it would be great with other winter squash. I made it completely vegan with grapeseed oil and Imagine’s No-Chicken broth.

    For the last two weeks, I’ve been taking my soup to work in glass mason jars. I love that there is absolutely no leakage, that the glass is dishwasher-safe, and that they are cheap (compared with replacing cheapo tupperware) in addition to the 10 other reasons you mention in your other post! My fellow employees comment about the good idea, and I always refer to your blog! I just need to find the half-size ones (like you used for custard) for hummus or almond butter!

    I would love to see a post on how you make your weekly stock with the leftover bones from your Shabbat chicken. Do you add vegetables? I’ve always used fresh chicken (although sometimes cheap parts like necks, backs, wings, and even feet), but this would be another frugal trick/approach that I would like to learn!

    As another side note, my mother has gotten on a kick of making a huge pot of stock…daily. My dad decided that clarified chicken soup (from scratch) beats coffee and now drinks the consomme in a mug around the clock. I’m sure his ulcer appreciates it. :P Lucky for me, my husband and I prefer our chicken soup “dirty” (unclarified, with all the cooked vegetables and chicken).

    I wish you and your family a fun and safe Halloween this weekend! Take care!

  4. ~M,

    I’m glad you enjoyed the soup.

    I will look for more online jar options in various sizes and put them in my Elana’s Pantry amazon store if I can locate them for you.

    Thanks for the chicken stock suggestion. I’ve been meaning to post that recipe, it’s fun and practically free –I make mine almost entirely from scraps. I think you’ll like it, given our affinity for cooking, cost savings and excel spreadsheets.

    xo Elana

  5. ~M

    I can’t wait to read about your frugal chicken soup and your other soups! Dairy-free, low-fat, nutritious soups make such excellent lunches for me and warm me up! By the way, do you have a carrot soup? Every one I try is on the bland side or with way too much curry for me. :(

  6. ~M,

    Yes, I do need to post the frugal chicken stock recipe; I’m a bit back logged with the holidays. I will put your carrot soup request on my list.

    Thanks for all of your comments!


  7. Francheska

    I made this tonight and it is wonderful!!! I didn’t feel like getting out my vitamix so I mushed it up with a potatoe masher. I never thought butternut squash soup would be good so I didn’t try it for 38 yrs! I wish I had tried it sooner! Fantastic!

  8. LearningMama

    Just made this yummy soup! Kids are enjoying it too! I even made my vegetable stock from scratch. Just think I’ve been composting my veggie scraps without getting all the flavor first. Thanks again! The kids are going for seconds:)

  9. LearningMama

    Hubby added plain horseradish to his soup, gave it a flavorful dimension. He is suggesting different proteins for the next batch. Guess this recipe is a keeper!

  10. Jane Linkenman

    I created this magical soup tonight. I loved the color of this soup. It was so easy to prepare other than the cutting of the actual butternut squash which required the muscles of my husband. The crazy thing is…my picky 5 year old devoured it but my 8 year old who usually eats just about everything I make – made faces at the soup. I conveinced her to eat her soup or at least part of it or else she would face the sheriff!! She finally ate it. The great thing is – I filled some glass jars with the left over soup and put in the freezer. I also have a jar in the fridge for tomorrow. My husband thought it was great and had 2 or was it 3 helpings.

    Thanks Elana for another fantastic recipe to add to my notebook of gluten free recipes. Yummy and healthy!! I’ll blog about it later on my facebook and livejournal.

    Yummy to my tummy!

  11. Jane Linkenman

    Golden Yummy in a bowl. I created Elana’s butternut squash soup. It was sooooo easy to make although I did require my husbands muscles to cut into the butternut squash for me. Yikes! The funny thing is, I didn’t think our picky 5 year old would eat any of it after the first bite. She has sensory disorders…so we never know what she will eat easily without a fuss. She LOVED it and asked for more! I couldn’t believe it. My husband asked for several bowls. He made the comment that it is like we are eating at a top resturant now that mommy is cooking all these new recipes. Unfortunately there must be one at the table that disagrees with the over whelming majority. Our 8 year, who usually eats just about everything and likes it…did
    not like it at all. I did get her to finish her bowl but she did not ask for more. The great thing is…it made enough for me to fill several glass bottles for the freezer.

    Now we have golden yummy in the freezer.

    Thanks a bunch Elana for helping me to build my confidence in cooking again and cooking gluten free. I’m not sure what our next adventure will be but I’m sure it will be a yummy one!!

    P.S. I blogged about in on my facebook and my livejournal (glutenfreelife).

  12. Michelle Varrin

    So many lovely variations for butternut squash soup and my favorite is the simple one above. I learned in France to do the same exact, but with pumpkin and 1/2 the water at first, but add milk in place of it in the end (almond milk is yum, as is soy). Had a delectable version at Esalen http://www.esalen.org a year ago with red thai curry and coconut milk. I embarrassed myself with 3rds.

  13. Kala Tharp @ kalatharp.com

    Dear Elana,

    Can you share a Broccoli soup recipe please. I am so glad I found your site. My friend emailed your site to me.

    Kala Tharp

  14. butternut squash soup @ squashsoup.net

    I love squash soup – I’m pleased to see that you do too! Nice recipe, thanks for sharing.

  15. Vee

    Made the soup yesterday. I liked the creaminess of the soup, but didn’t quite care for this one. I think I am just not a butternut squash person. I will eat all that I made though.

  16. Noel

    I’m craving Mulligatawny Soup/Stew today. But I’m going to make your Butternut Squash soup b/c it looks so much easier. I need simple right now.
    I’d LOVE for you to come up with a Mulligatawny Soup.
    I had one at a restaurant with a great balance of curry, vegies, apples…
    Wouldn’t it be great Super Bowl food???? : )
    There are so many vaiations online, and most of them with a LONG list of ingredients. Too much for me right now with sick kids.
    Stay warm and well!
    : )

  17. Melissa

    This soup is SO YUMMY!! I added a clove of garlic.

  18. Kate Riggle

    I have to say that squash and pumpkin are my favs for anytime of the year. I live in northern Minnesota and this is what I crave! I do add 1# of turkey or pork sausage for more “meat and potatoes” that is the norm for here. Everyone loves it! I am canning 50# of squash this weekend and it will make creating such wonderful dishes(like this one) fast and easy. Thank you Elana for all of your time and efforts. It really helps in my family to recipes that are gluten free and low starch that everyone loves. I also love your books they have been a godsend in my busy life!

  19. Carolyn

    Hi. Love this site. I am making my way thru the recipes. I made the Pumpkin Ginger Soup and I put in too much ginger. Does anyone have an suggestions for what to add to the soup to counter the ginger flavor. I need to use the soup tomorrow night. (Spicy suggestions are OK!)

    Thanks for any suggestions!

  20. Stacey

    Love, love, cream soups but I’m allergic to dairy. This recipie was tasty, but had a little too much onion flavor for me. I added a couple drops of honey and it balanced it right out! Will make this again! Thank you for this recipie and all others!! This site has saved my family’s annoyance of my special dietary needs!!!

  21. polyphany

    I’ve made a half recipe of this twice now. I used frozen organic butternut squash and no chicken broth, though I could have used real chicken broth I wanted to test the no chicken broth for flavor since I have several vegetarian friends and family members. The frozen butternut squash works wonderfully and makes this soup quick enough for a weeknight. I only make a half recipe at a time because my children won’t eat soup, and I don’t want leftovers until the end of time. I also use my immersion blender to blend the soup right in the pot. I don’t have a regular blender so this was my only option anyway, and it works great! Thank you for this wonderful grain free recipe!

  22. Linda

    What would you suggest you could do with this recipe to cook in a crockpot – which I am a huge fan of doing with my schedule ;)

  23. Ann

    I made this wonderful and beautiful soup tonight. so simple to make, so elegant!! I made it without stock, just water. I wanted a bit of protein, so I added 1 /4 cup of cashew pieces before blending, and served the soup with a dollop of yogurt on top (goat as I am lactose intolerant but have no problems with goat milk products). It was a hit; everyone loved it. Thank you Elana.

  24. Sandy @ none

    Made this wonderful soup this evening. After the difficult part (the peeling, scooping out the seeds, & cutting up the squash), it was easy peasy to make.
    I did use chicken stock & also added enough water so that the cubes of squash had around an inch of liquid above the tops of the cubes.
    Simmered the cube mixture as per directions. During the simmering, I added salt, ground pepper, & 3/4 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg.
    After cooking, the pot of soup was set aside for cooling. Using an immersion blender right in the pot worked very well.
    Next time I make this soup, I will use vegetarian stock. Bet it will be just as good. This soup is a keeper!

  25. Alice

    Great recipe!!! My family loved it!!! I had a very large squash and I added 4 cloves of crushed garlic and a bit of cayenne to warm it up and it definitely was a hit even with my picky husband. Thanks!!!

  26. Denise

    This soup is really god with rosemary. I make it often. I never measure anything and it always turns out great! It is also very filling.

  27. Kelly

    Delicious! I crumbled some bacon on the top. It’s quick, easy and yummy.

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