Butternut squash soup is one of the 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. Check out these 8 recipes for butternut squash soup that make the best of fall flavors (and the color is pretty spectacular too).
1. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
CHOW’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.
2. Butternut Squash Soup with Cumin and Coriander
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 recipe here.
3. Butternut Squash and Vanilla Soup
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 recipe here.
4. Cajun Butternut Squash Soup
Fennel, bay leaves, black peppercorns, and onions flavor this Cajun take on butternut squash soup, that is enhanced with fresh lump crab meat, as well as a homemade crab stock. Get the recipe here.
5. Butternut Squash Farro Soup
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. Get our Butternut Squash Farro Soup recipe.
6. Creamy Spiced Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon
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 recipe here.
7. Maple Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
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 recipe here.
8. Smoked Gruyere Butternut Squash Soup with Spicy Chickpeas
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 recipe here.
Header image: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup from Chowhound
Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC's best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.