Butternut squash soup is one of those signature dishes that reminds everyone of fall. Almost too good to be true, it’s incredibly simple and requires little more than some patience and a large butternut squash that tastes even better if you roast it in the oven before pureeing.
Lighter than chili but more robust than chicken noodle, it can go casual or elegant, and always tastes comforting and delicious, whether you tote it to work in a thermos, have it for a weeknight dinner, or serve it as a fancy first course.
Chowhound’s basic recipe for butternut squash soup is delicately flavored with fresh sage, a little heavy cream, and topped with some toasted pumpkin seeds for a pleasing crunch. Get our Roasted Butternut Squash Soup recipe.
This earthy-sweet vegan soup is underscored with cumin and maple syrup and adds red bell pepper for more flavor and a color boost. Don’t skip the crunchy chickpeas on top. Get our Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Soup recipe.
Thai red curry paste adds beautiful fragrance and spice to this vegan butternut squash soup, which is extra creamy thanks to coconut milk, and happens to be vegan too. (It can also be made in the slow cooker.) Get the Thai Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup recipe.
Cumin and coriander spice up this classic soup recipe, that you can top with plain yogurt or heavy cream for a garnish. Add some freshly chopped parsley for a bit of color and call it a night. Get the Butternut Squash Soup with Cumin and Coriander recipe.
This vegetarian version of butternut squash soup has vegetable broth and a full tablespoon of vanilla extract that adds a nuanced touch of sweetness that only gets better the longer the flavors meld. Get the Butternut Squash and Vanilla Soup recipe.
Cajun seasoning and garlic croutons give a little kick to butternut squash soup. You can try it with crab stock and lump crab too, or with andouille sausage, but this Instant Pot version comes together lickety-split. Get the Instant Pot Cajun Butternut Squash Soup recipe.
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A heartier cold weather inspired recipe, the farro and kale in this soup add texture and some additional protein. Try any type of grain you have on hand and serve with a crusty baguette for a perfect fall supper. Add sliced, cooked sausage if you’re missing meat. Get our Butternut Squash Farro Soup recipe.
This paleo-friendly recipe has lots of flavor—garlic, cayenne, ginger, nutmeg, and coconut milk blend together to form a creamy and somewhat spicy soup. Top with crispy bacon bits. Get the Creamy Spiced Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon recipe.
Maple syrup, apple, and carrot add a bit of sweetness to this butternut squash soup recipe. Make a double batch and keep some in the freezer as it reheats perfectly and you can never have too much soup on hand for unexpected dinner guests. Get the Maple Butternut Squash and Apple Soup recipe.
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Freshly grated gruyere and some full-fat coconut milk make this a reach and creamy soup that is absolutely outstanding when topped with the spicy chickpeas the recipe calls for. The smoked paprika and cayenne pepper on the chickpeas are a great match for the creamy butternut squash soup. Get the Smoked Gruyere Butternut Squash Soup with Spicy Chickpeas recipe.
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