Easy Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

This easy butternut squash soup is silky smooth and light! It’s a great starter course for Thanksgiving and holiday entertaining, or a great addition to a soup bar. It warms you from the inside out during the fall and winter and makes a pretty soup course for dinner parties. 

two black bowls of butternut squash soup on black background, overhead.

Easy Fall Soup

Every year I make some of the same classic dishes for holiday meals, like sweet potato casserole or corny spoon bread. But I also like to keep it fresh by adding in one or two new recipes. This seasonal soup is one I like to include now and then.

Why This Recipe?

  • This recipe has a short list of ingredients.
  • It’s very low in fat.
  • It has a hint of sweetness naturally from the butternut squash. Even the kids like it!
  • The color and flavor are ideal for fall and winter dinner party themes.
two black soup bowls filled with fall soup topped with croutons and green herbs.

When to Serve It

  • Include this butternut squash soup as a starter course for your Thanksgiving buffet and Christmas dinner.
  • Add it to your Friendsgiving menu or a soup dinner party for fall.
  • Serve soup “shots” as part of an appetizer buffet like this curried pumpkin soup & stuffing balls. Just pour it into demitasse cups or shot glasses and add to an appetizer table.

Topping Ideas

Smooth creamy soups are ideal for adding toppings to. They can provide texture and complementary flavors. Here are some favorite toppings for butternut squash soup.

  • Croutons
  • Bacon Bits
  • Crumbled Goat Cheese
  • Fresh Herbs like chives, thyme, oregano
  • Microgreens
  • Sour Cream
  • Pomegranate Arils
  • Pepitas (Pumpkin Seeds)
  • Sunflower Seeds
fall smooth creamy soup in black bowl on black background.

How to Make It

This easy soup only takes a few simple steps.

  1. Cook the butternut squash, onions and garlic in vegetable broth in a large stock pot until squash is soft.
  2. Add half-n-half and soy sauce to the mixture and then transfer one-third of it to a blender to puree. You’ll have to puree the soup in three batches. You can hold the pureed batches in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Once the soup is pureed, transfer it back into the stock pot and add nutmeg and pepper to season. Keep warm until ready to serve or let it cool and refrigerate over night.

The consistency is on the thinner side, but the taste is rich and layered. I suggest making it a day ahead and refrigerate over night so the flavors have time to fully mingle and develop.


What main dish goes with butternut squash soup?

The rich fall flavors of this soup pair well with lots of meats. Pork tenderloin, ham, rustic beef dishes, lamb chops, chicken and turkey are all good options.

Can you freeze butternut squash soup?

Yes, you can transfer it to an air tight container and freeze for about 3 months. Let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator and then reheat on the stove or in the microwave.

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butternut squash soup in black bowl, garnished with green herbs and croutons.

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This butternut squash soup recipe is silky smooth and light! It’s a great starter course for holiday entertaining or a great addition to a soup bar.


  • 1 butternut squash peeled and cut into cubes, or 4 cups small cubes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  1. Add the butternut squash, onions, garlic, and vegetable stock to a large stock pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 30 minutes.
  3. Add the half & half and soy sauce to the vegetables and broth. In three separate batches, puree in a blender or food processor until smooth and creamy, about 10 seconds. NOTE: I used a large mixing bowl to hold the blended soup, while blending the other 2 batches.
  4. Return soup to large stock pot and stir in the nutmeg and white pepper. Keep warm over low heat, and serve.


Save time by purchasing a bag of pre-cut butternut squash in the produce section of the grocery store.

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