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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

This Roasted Butternut Squash Soup is an easy and healthy recipe that incorporates classic Fall flavors like apples and squash, with optional additions like cheddar cheese and cream!  It’s an extra cozy soup with the best blend of delicious flavors.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup in a white bowl with a spoon and pumpkin seeds on top.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

If you’re looking to enjoy all of the flavors of Fall in a cozy bowl of soup, this Roasted Butternut Squash Soup recipe is just perfect.

Roasting the squash in the oven is the absolute best way to deepen the flavor and caramelize the natural sugars. (It’s also easier than cutting it all up into cubes. After it’s roasted, you scoop out the middle and transfer it right into the soup.)

The sweet flavors from the squash are offset by the savory broth and cheddar cheese. Freshly sliced apple adds a delicious hint of tart, and the garlic and seasonings are simple and compliment these ingredients perfectly. And finally, a hint of cream rounds everything out, (coconut milk is also great)!

It’s easy to control the consistency of this soup. Longer simmering time will lead to thicker soup, and less simmering time or more broth will make it thinner!

How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Drizzle the middle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place it flat-side-down on a rimmed, light-colored baking sheet. Roast at 425° for 45 minutes.

Butternut Squash on a baking sheet before and after roasting.

Soften onions in butter for 5 minutes. Add diced apples and cook for 10 more minutes. Add garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings. Scoop out the flesh of the roasted squash into the soup and gradually add the chicken broth.

Making Butternut Squash Soup with onions, apples, seasonings, squash, and broth.

Bring to a boil, then reduce to a gentle bubble and let it reduce/concentrate for 15 minutes, uncovered. Remove from heat. Use an immersion blender or transfer to a blender in batches to blend until smooth.

Using an immersion blender to blend butternut squash soup with sliced apples.

Transfer back to the heat on low. Stir in the half and half. Slowly sprinkle in the cheese and stir until well combined. Remove from heat and serve!

Adding cream to a pot of Roasted Butternut Squash Soup.

Pro Tips

  • Coconut milk or heavy cream can be used instead of half and half if desired.
  • Vegetable broth can be used instead of chicken broth if needed.
  • Shred the cheese from a block instead of using packaged shredded cheese if possible. It will melt and taste much better.
  • Ensure the base of the soup isn’t too hot when the cheese is added, otherwise the dairy can separate and create a grainy consistency.
  • I use Cracker Barrel Sharp Yellow Cheese for this recipe.
  • The best apples for this soup include Honeycrisp, Gala, McIntosh, and Golden Delicious. I’ve used other varieties successfully as well, it’s flexible!
  • The Worcestershire sauce in this recipe is a flavor enhancer that you can’t taste outright. Soy sauce can also be used instead.
  • Nutmeg is pretty potent so be sure to use just a pinch. 
  • You can roast the squash ahead of time, scoop out the middle, and store it in an airtight container for up to 2 days to get a head start on the soup. 

Storage

  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. This soup freezes and reheats well!

A red soup bowl filled with Butternut Squash Soup with pumpkin seeds on top and a spoon on the side.

Tools For This Recipe

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  • Immersion Blender– To blend the soup right in the soup pot!
  • Blender– An alternative to an immersion blender. 
  • Box Cheese Grater- Shred the cheese from a block for best results, it will melt and taste much better than packaged shredded cheese.
  • 4.5 Quart Dutch Oven & Soup Ladle
  • Better Than Bouillon– This is what I always use for broth in my recipes. It takes very little space and makes it easy to measure out customized amounts of broth.
  • Measuring Spoons– I have these magnetic ones which stay nice and organized in my utensil drawer.
  • Pinch Bowls– For measuring seasonings, etc. ahead of time.

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A white bowl filled with Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with pumpkin seeds and parsley on top.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

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This Roasted Butternut Squash Soup is an easy and healthy recipe that incorporates classic Fall flavors like apples and squash, with delicious additions like cheddar cheese and cream or coconut milk!

Ingredients

Squash

  • 1 large butternut squash, about 3 ¼ lbs.
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Soup

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 apple, diced. See pro tips.
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • ¾ cup half and half, can sub coconut milk or heavy cream
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

Seasonings

  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 1 pinch nutmeg

Instructions

Roast the Squash

  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Drizzle the inside of each half lightly with olive oil and rub on the surface to distribute. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Place it flat-side-down on a rimmed, light-colored baking sheet. (Dark baking sheets attract more heat and could cause burning.)
  • Roast for 45 minutes. Use a spatula to flip them over and use a large scoop to test the firmness of the inside, ensuring it’s soft. Note that it will cook more in the soup as well. (Measure out remaining soup ingredients while the squash is roasting.)

Make the Soup

  • Melt the butter in a large soup pot and add the diced onions. Let them soften and reduce for 5 minutes. Add the chopped apple and cook for 10 more minutes.
  • Add the garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings and stir to combine.
  • Scoop the flesh of the roasted squash into the soup and gradually add the chicken broth. Use a silicone spatula to stir, combine, and smooth out the squash, it’ll almost look like mashed potatoes at first, until the rest of the broth is added.
  • Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce heat so that it’s still bubbling, but gently. Let it reduce/concentrate for 15 minutes, uncovered.
  • Remove from heat. Use an immersion blender or transfer to a blender in batches to blend until smooth.
  • Transfer back to the heat on low. Stir in the half and half. Let the soup simmer until desired thickness is obtained (the longer it simmers, the thicker it becomes). Conversely, if it’s thicker than you like, add a little broth.
  • Slowly sprinkle in the cheese and stir until well combined. Remove from heat and serve!

Notes

Pro Tips
  • Shred the cheese from a block instead of using packaged shredded cheese if possible. It will melt and taste much better.
  • Ensure the base of the soup isn't too hot when the cheese is added, otherwise the dairy can separate and create a grainy consistency.
  • I use Cracker Barrel Sharp Yellow Cheese for this recipe.
  • The best apples for this soup include Honeycrisp, Gala, McIntosh, and Golden Delicious. I've used other varieties successfully as well, it's flexible!
  • The Worcestershire sauce in this recipe is a flavor enhancer that you can't taste outright. Soy sauce can also be used instead.
  • Nutmeg is pretty potent so be sure to use just a pinch. 
  • You can roast the squash ahead of time, scoop out the middle, and store it in an airtight container for up to 2 days to get a head start on the soup. 

Storage
  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. This soup freezes and reheats really well!

The nutritional information provided is an estimate and is per serving. There are 8 servings in this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 280kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 961mg, Potassium: 730mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 18555IU, Vitamin C: 38mg, Calcium: 320mg, Iron: 1mg
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8 comments on “Roasted Butternut Squash Soup”

  1. I have a couple bags frozen cubed butternut. Would that be a good replacement here?

  2. Delicious. However, FYI the recipe says soy sauce but the instructions say Worcestershire sauce.. I went with Worcestershire so I hope that was right (tastes good)! 

    • I am so happy that you enjoyed it Tanisha!!! And thank you so much for letting me know! Either one can actually be used, but I’ll update it to consistently say Worcestershire sauce, good choice! Thank you so much!!!

  3. OMG this was sooooo good. I was a little skeptical at first when I was putting apples in the soup but all the ingredients totally compliment each other and it was fabulous. I let it boil down a bit because I like my soup on the thicker side. I went easy on the nutmeg as you said and it was perfect! I plan on making this frequently as long as I keep finding Butternut squash at our farmer’s market. The kids loved it too. You haven’t let me down yet, Cozy Cook!!!

  4. Excited to make this! What are the seeds sprinkled on top in the pictures? Could I use a spaghetti squash in this recipe?

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