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Butternut Squash Soup

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With Thanksgiving just a week away, I am definitely ready for some turkey. If I’m being completely honest, I’m ready for turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish and some pumpkin pie. You can’t have Thanksgiving without some pie.

Every year, my family has our staple dishes that always show up on our Thanksgiving table, but we also like to add a few new recipes to the rotation. The ‘extras’ that round out the menu and keep things interesting. Some years it’s an interesting roasted vegetable or wild rice stuffing. This year, I’ll be serving up savory and sweet Butternut Squash Soup.

The idea for this soup came about when I was making a batch of my mom’s Squash Apple Bake. It’s a dish that my mom made when I was little, and it’s roasted butternut squash (sometimes she used acorn) roasted with sliced apples and cinnamon. It’s got sweetness from the apples and some earthy savoriness from the squash and I knew these flavors would make a spectacular soup.

butternut squash soup (4 of 6)For the base of the soup, I added sautéed onions and fresh ginger to the roasted butternut squash and apples. With the addition of warm spices, the resulting soup was creamy and full of complex flavors. It’s a great starter course for Thanksgiving, even if your family is like ours and our meal is often a casual buffet.

Serve this Roasted Butternut Squash soup in cute little mugs topped with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of maple roasted pumpkin seeds or praline pecans and your family will be quite pleased with you. Make an extra big batch of soup and freeze some for later. You will thank yourself later, trust me!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe


1 large butternut squash, or 2 small (about 4 lbs total), peeled, seeded and cubed
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
kosher salt
black pepper
1 tablespoon butter
2 apples, peeled and sliced (I used Gala)
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated or minced (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
pinch of ground cardamom (optional)
3 cups of stock (chicken, turkey or vegetable)


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Spread squash in a single layer on prepared baking sheet and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, tossing the squash to coat. Roast squash for 30 minutes or until tender and the edges are caramelized. Allow to cool slightly.

2. In a heavy bottomed pot or Dutch oven, heat remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and butter over medium heat. When butter is melted, add apples, ginger, onion, cinnamon, allspice and cardamom (if using). Cook, stirring frequently, until apples and onions are soft and mixture is fragrant, about 10 minutes. Add roasted squash and stock to the pot and bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

3. Working in small batches, carefully transfer soup to blender and puree until smooth. Return soup to the pot and simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Adjust seasonings for salt and pepper. Serve!


- Soup can be garnished with sour cream and maple roasted pumpkin seeds.

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Maria Alejandra

Thursday 10th of November 2016

Hello ! Regards from Costa Rica! Can you please tell me if this soup is sweet ?? Its kind a dessert or its salty like another soup ?  Thanks for youre response ! 


Wednesday 16th of November 2016

Hi, Maria! The soup is not sweet and not a dessert. It's a really lovely savory soup I think you'll like! Let me know if I can do anything else for you!


Wednesday 19th of October 2016

I've made this soup at least half a dozen times since discovering the recipe last fall. It is absolutely delicious, and the house smells AMAZING while cooking. This soup is clean and plenty flavorful!! A new tradition for my family and friends.. who always adoringly reply when I put the soup on the menu- "Oh! that Squash soup!"


Thursday 20th of October 2016

So happy to hear you enjoy the recipe, Amy! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback. -Jamie


Monday 16th of November 2015

Made this for dinner last night, with the ginger included.  Simply splendid flavors!  And added bonus that the house smelled so good while it simmered.  Thanks for posting this.  (PS - the pepitas are addicting :-) )


Monday 23rd of November 2015

So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Michele! -Jamie


Sunday 16th of February 2014

I made this tonight. The color was WAY off. It looked like baby poop. But it tasted good. :) I think the color was off because I browned the apples and onions too much. Whoops!


Monday 10th of February 2014

I made this with a little extra cinnamon and a half cup of heavy cream at the end, and it was delicious!

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