One of my favorite chilly weather traditions is making this easy Butternut Squash Soup recipe. It’s so good though, that we love making it all year round.
Butternut Squash Soup Recipe
When the boys were growing up, we called my younger one “squash” since he couldn’t get enough of this Butternut Squash Soup recipe!
Butternut Squash Soup Simple
With just four ingredients –oil, onion, squash, and water, this squash soup is a delicious comfort food that’s easy to make.
Butternut Squash Soup Creamy
If you want to make this creamy Butternut Squash soup recipe even richer, use my Homemade Bone Broth recipe in place of the water.
Bone Broth will add protein as well as gut-healing nutrients like collagen.
Easy Soup Recipes with Chicken Broth
If you don’t have homemade chicken broth you can buy Kettle & Fire, that’s what we use when we’re in a pinch.
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Vegan Butternut Squash Soup Recipe
Use water if you’re making this easy soup recipe for your vegan friends. Vegetable stock will also work very well in this soup recipe for vegans.
Spices with Butternut Squash Soup
We think this Butternut Squash Soup recipe is perfect just the way it is, but if you’d like to add some spices, try cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, or a dash of cloves.
Butternut Squash Soup
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced into 2-inch cubes (about 5 cups)
- 4 cups water or Chicken Stock or Kettle & Fire Bone Broth
- In a large soup pot, warm oil over medium heat
- Caramelize onion, sauteing 10-15 minutes until golden brown
- Add squash cubes and cook for 10 minutes, until squash is barely soft
- Pour water or stock over squash mixture
- Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes
- In a vitamix, puree in small batches on low, working up to high speed until mixture is smooth
How to Make Butternut Squash Soup
When I make this Butternut Squash Soup I use a butternut squash that weighs around 2.5 pounds before I remove the peel and the seeds.
If you use a larger squash your soup will be thicker and creamier.
Likewise, if you use less squash, the soup will become more watery.
What Types of Squash for Soup?
This easy squash soup recipe is incredibly flexible and would be fantastic with:
- Acorn Squash
- Butternut Squash
How to Roast Butternut Squash
I don’t roast the squash for this easy Butternut Squash Soup recipe.
Since it’s one of our favorite side dishes I decided to include my simple How to Roast Butternut Squash method here.
When he was little, my younger son ate so much roasted butternut squash that he turned orange from all the beta carotene!
Butternut Squash Soup Ina Garten
Who doesn’t love Ina Garten? I think I have almost every cookbook she’s ever written.
Ina has a fabulous recipe for a cream of butternut squash soup that is very similar to mine.
Hers has a few more ingredients including curry powder (interesting!), apples, and butter.
Butternut Squash Soup and Apple
I have a wonderfully easy Butternut Squash Soup with Apples that also contains cinnamon –it’s comfort in a bowl!
Soup Recipes Gluten Free
Growing up there was an ad I loved that said Soup is Good Food.
I could not agree more! Below are some of my favorite soup recipes, all gluten free, of course.
Instant Pot White Bean Soup with Kale
My Instant Pot White Bean Soup with Kale is so rich and satisfying that I serve it as a one pot meal.
The beans are low-calorie and high in fiber which helps with a feeling of fullness and satiation. The hint of tomato adds a touch of tang.
This soup was Mr. Pantry’s number one request during quarantine.
Intimidated by the Instant Pot? That’s okay, I was too!
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This vibrant Carrot Soup Recipe is inspired by a carrot ginger soup I enjoyed at Post Ranch Inn in Northern California.
As soon as I tasted this soup I knew I had to create my own healthy version for my readers.
With carrots, green apples, ginger, orange and coconut milk, it’s an exotic combination of healthy flavors.
No peeling is involved in this simple soup recipe! Because this Carrot Soup is pureed in the Vitamix I have left the rich enzymes and healthy micronutrients from the peels.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to make this delicious soup for your family.
Coconut Chicken Soup
Coconut Chicken Soup is a throwback to one of my first soup recipes on this site and it has remained a family favorite after all these years.
The coconut milk makes this soup creamy and dairy free at the same time and adds a wonderful East Asian flavor.
My Coconut Chicken Soup is also the perfect solution for leftover chicken.
No leftover chicken in the fridge? Cook my Perfect Roast Chicken in Oven for dinner one night and the next make Coconut Chicken Soup with the leftovers. I love strategic meal planning!
Pumpkin Ginger Soup
Pumpkin Ginger Soup is another coconut milk-based recipe for those on a Dairy Free Diet.
All you need to make this six ingredient soup is pumpkin, ginger, coconut milk, vegetable or chicken stock, lemon juice, and a few drops of stevia.
Pumpkin Ginger Soup is the perfect healthy comfort food all year round.
Healthy Organic Soup Recipes
What I love about soup is that it can be a full meal or side to a larger meal. My paleo soup recipes are perfect for both occasions.
Soup season is year-round in our home and hopefully, I’ve inspired you with some ideas for easy soup recipes to try with your family.
What’s your favorite soup? Leave a comment and let me know!
This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives, I first shared this Butternut Squash Soup recipe in 2007.
Diane Sbranti says
I tried this recipe because it was so simple and the only thing I changed was roasting the cubed squash for 2 hrs before blending with the rest of the ingredients. I was hoping to create a bit of depth and maybe some sweetness from carmelization. I didn’t create the carmelization, but the soup has a hearty depth that is very satisfying and delicious even without being a bit sweeter as I usually prefer. Next time I may still try roasting in a larger pan uncovered with the onions to a full carmelization just to compare. Or what would you suggest? Thank you for sharing your recipe Alana! This is a good one to keep sharing.
Diane, if you caramelize the onion for the full 15 minutes it should work really well and create a nice sweetness. You could also add a couple of drops of stevia to up the sweetness as well :-)
How much butternut squash is needed? Wanted to use frozen but not sure how much = 1 med squash. Can it be made in a slow cooker?
Denise, thanks for your question! I would use about 5 cups squash in this recipe. I haven’t tried it in a slow cooker so not sure about that :-)
Elana, Hello again! Paleo Butternut Squash Soup, yum best ever!!! Thanks so kindly! My special wishes to you and to all those who you love and love you back abundantly, have a New Year that is more special than it has ever been. May health bless you plentiful in 2019! Jason
Jason, thanks for all of your lovely comments and for your super sweet wishes! Glad to hear this soup is yum, best ever :-)
Hi Elana! :) I have a friend who is allergic to onions. What do you think about swapping them out for leeks? xoxo Jules
Jules, thanks for your comment, it’s so great to see you here! I haven’t tried that so not sure, if you do experiment I hope you’ll let us know if it works :-)
Shannon Ashton says
My dad is allergic, we swap in celery
I just made butternut squash soup on Sunday! I use carrots and squash and roast them first. I season with EVOO and a seasoning blend that has salt, pepper, turmeric, allspice, chili pepper, coriander, cayenne, nutmeg and funegreek. I add fresh grated ginger and a little cinnamon to the soup as well. After the veggies are roasted I throw them in the pot with the stock, sautéed onions and garlic. I then use the immersion blender or Vitamix to puree till velvety. It’s easy, healthy and so good. Brought some to work today and coworkers who say they don’t like squash loved it. I like to garnish with some pepitas or a little popcorn for texture and a little swirl of pure maple syrup. If not doing paleo brown butter and sage is amazing on top. Looking forward to trying your version next!
I have not tried this recipe, but I have my own tried and tested, handed to others too.
Butternut,onion, cooked and blended,
seasoning, coconut milk (once soup is not scolding) add half an orange squeezed,
Nutmeg, salt, pepper tp your taste
Can have hot or cold
Sounds great Kathy!
Holy moly! This is so so so so good!!!!!!!! Thank you! I made it as listed and it’s smooth, creamy, filling, and very tasty. It didn’t last a day and it was just me eating it. ;)
Bree, thanks for letting us know this was so so so so good!
Maxine Stone says
Can I add coconut cream?
Maxine, I haven’t tried that so not sure how it would taste, but I bet it would be good :-)
Maxine, That’s how I make mine . Same ingredients but add 1 can of full fat coconut cream or milk
Delicious! I crumbled some bacon on the top. It’s quick, easy and yummy.
Thanks Kelly. Glad this was delicious!
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.
Denise, glad to hear this always turns out great!