butternut squash soup recipes for fall

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. Seriously, it’s never not good. So check out these recipes for butternut squash soup that make the best of fall flavors (the color is pretty spectacular too).

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Chowhound

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.

Thai Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

Thai Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup (Vegan)

Host the Toast

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. It can be made in the slow cooker too. Get the recipe.

Butternut Squash Soup with Cumin and Coriander

Butternut Squash Soup with Cumin and Coriander

Fine Cooking

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.

Butternut Squash and Vanilla Soup

Butternut Squash and Vanilla Soup

Chocolate and Zucchini

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.

Instant Pot Cajun Butternut Squash Soup

Instant Pot Cajun Butternut Squash Soup with Garlic Croutons

Little Spice Jar

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 recipe.

Butternut Squash Farro Soup

Butternut Squash Farro Soup

Chowhound

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.

Creamy Spiced Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon

Creamy Spiced Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon (Paleo)

Just Jessie B

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.

Maple Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Maple Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Ambitious Kitchen

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.

Smoked Gruyere Butternut Squash Soup with Spicy Chickpeas

Smoked Gruyere Butternut Squash Soup with Spicy Chickpeas

How Sweet Eats

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.

Related Video: How to Make Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Soup

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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.
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