Deliciously creamy and nourishing butternut squash soup is just what you need for a quick, cozy dinner at home, and as an added bonus it will make your house smell like the magic of fall! This soup recipe is a spin-off of the Panera Bread Autumn Squash Soup and it’s sure to be a new favorite this season! If you’re a fan of Autumn Squash Soup from Panera Bread, you’re going to LOVE this super easy-to-make, naturally gluten-free and vegan, flavorful version!

butternut squash soup served in white bowls with crusty bread

This post was originally published on October 31,2014. It was republished on September 5, 2019 with updated photos and helpful recipe tips.

Hello, September. ♡

The kids are back in school, we said goodbye to August this past weekend and now all I wanted to do is cozy up with some of my fall faves. It may still be hitting the upper 90s here in Texas, but I just want to stay in and snuggle up. And can I tell you a little secret? I’ve already baked up my yummy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins. And then this past weekend I made a huge batch of butternut squash soup. As always, it proved to be the perfect fall comfort food. It’s incredibly easy to make in the slow cooker, pressure cooker, or on the stovetop. (I’ve included all three methods below.) It’s full of wholesome ingredients, and it also happens to be naturally gluten-free, vegan and paleo. The perfect balance of sweet and savory seasonal flavors – you’re going to want to make this soup again and again!

Butternut Squash Soup Ingredients

To make this easy butternut squash soup recipe that tastes even better than the Autumn Squash Soup from Panera Bread, you will only need 6 main ingredients:

  • Butternut squash: You have 2 options here. You can peel and chop 1 medium-sized fresh butternut squash. Here’s a trusty “how-to cut a butternut squash video tutorial” for that. I personally, prefer to just buy pre-cut squash, either in the fresh or frozen vegetable section of the grocery store.
  • Apple and onion: These ingredients will add some extra sweet and savory flavors to the soup. I like to use Honeycrisp apples to give this soup more of a sweetness, but Granny Smith apples are the perfect choice if you don’t want your soup to be too sweet.
  • Vegetable broth and almond milk: For giving your soup that silky creaminess. I like using almond milk, but any milk variety will work.
  • Cinnamon, curry, salt and black pepper: The cinnamon is used to season the squash and the curry get’s thrown in with the onion and apple. I love this seasoning combo. I really like curry and use about 2 teaspoons for the soup, but a few readers thought this was too much. Start with 1/2 teaspoon and add more based on your preference.
  • Optional garnishes: I like to drizzle in some almond milk and maybe a sprinkle of toasted pumpkin seeds. I always serve the rich, creamy soup with crusty bread and sometimes a grilled cheese. This soup works perfectly as a dip!
roasted cubed butternut squash on a sheet pan

How To Make Butternut Squash Soup On The Stovetop

This recipe is so easy and cooks up pretty quick, so I typically make it on the stovetop. Here’s how…

  1. Roast butternut squash at 425ºF for 30 minutes, with a dash of cinnamon and salt.
  2. While the butternut squash is roasting, cook the onion and apple until tender. Add curry and salt. Once the onion and apple are soft, add in the butternut squash, vegetable broth and milk. Cook the soup until it reaches a simmer. Then reduce heat, and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the butternut squash can be easily mashed with a fork.
  3. Use an immersion blender to purée the soup until smooth. Or you can transfer the soup in two batches to a traditional blender and purée it there. Just be extremely careful blending hot liquids; you do not want the blender to be too full.
  4. Taste and, if needed, add extra salt, pepper and/or curry.
  5. Serve and enjoy! Garnish with any of your favorite toppings and serve with crusty bread and maybe a side salad.
diced apples and onions sautéing in a large soup pot

How To Make Butternut Squash Soup In A Slow Cooker

This soup recipe also totally works in a slow cooker too! You can set it and forget it!

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a slow cooker.
  2. Cook for about 6-8 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high, and until butternut squash is soft.
  3. Now blend as you would if you were making this over the stovetop.
  4. Add extra salt, pepper and/or curry, to taste.
  5. Serve with favorite toppings and sides.

See recipe note card for instructions for making the soup in a pressure cooker.

adding vegetable broth to a soup pot with roasted butternut squash, apple and onion

This makes a wonderful starter dish for a fall dinner party or Thanksgiving dinner. This is truly the best butternut squash soup recipe out there, and the fact that it’s so easy is just the cherry on top! Once you make it, I just know you’ll be hooked on this warm and flavorful fall dinner!

If you want to make a double batch and have extras or maybe you just need one serving. Feel free to freeze the rest. To do so, allow it to cool to room temperature, then transfer to a freezer-safe container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

using an immersion blender to make butternut squash soup

OTHER COMFORTING SOUPS YOU’RE SURE TO LOVE:

Healthy Seafood Chowder

Healthy Taco Soup

Copycat Panera Bread Chicken Noodle Soup

Tomato Basil Soup from Foodiecrush

Veggie Packed Whole30 Hamburger Soup from Our Salty Kitchen

HELPFUL TOOLS FOR MAKING THIS BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP:

Le Creuset Signature Dutch Oven – If you’re open to spending a bit of money on a piece that you’ll own forever, Le Creuset is my favorite brand for heavy pots and cookware.

Lodge Dutch Oven – Lodge is a great brand as well. I own several of their cast iron skillets and have been very happy with them. This one is more budget-friendly, but still great quality!

Wüsthof Two Piece Prep Set (Knives) – This is the knife set that I use most often and I can’t say enough great things about these high-quality knives.

Immersion Blender – Makes whipping up soup so easy!

If you try this squash soup recipe, let me know! Leave a comment and if your family loves it as much as mine does, be sure to give it a five star ⭐️ rating! Also, tag @kimscravings on Instagram with a picture of your creation. It’s so fun to see what you’re cooking! Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list to receive more healthy delicious recipes straight to your inbox.

butternut squash soup served in a white bowls and topped with pumpkin seeds and cream
butternut squash soup served in white bowls with crusty bread
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4.58 from 21 votes
Nutrition Facts
Butternut Squash Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 163 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 734mg32%
Potassium 598mg17%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 2g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:4 servings
Butternut Squash Soup
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
 

Deliciously creamy and nourishing butternut squash soup is just what you need for a quick, cozy dinner at home. It's flavorful, easy, gluten-free and vegan!

Ingredients
  • 4 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash, roasted
  • a few dashes of cinnamon and salt to season butternut squash
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or other preferred oil)
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored and cubed*
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon curry powder**
  • 3.5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup milk***
  • 1 teaspoon salt + a few extra dashes, as desired
  • Optional: cream and pumpkin seeds for topping and/or crusty bread or grilled cheese for serving
Instructions
  1. Roast cubed butternut squash that has been seasoned with cinnamon and salt for 30 minutes at 425ºF.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté apple and onion in coconut oil with curry powder and a few dashes of salt for about 10 minutes and until softened.

  3. Add broth, milk, and squash to the large skillet with the apple and onion and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes. Stir in salt to taste. I used 1 teaspoon of salt.

  4. Use an immersion blender or transfer soup to a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until soup is smooth and creamy.
  5. Top with pumpkin seeds and cream, if desired. Enjoy with crusty bread or a grilled cheese!

Recipe Notes

*I used a Honeycrisp apple. If you want your soup less sweet, you may want to use a Granny Smith apple.

**I actually used 2 teaspoons of curry and loved the way the soup turned out, but I've had several readers comment that the curry was a little too strong. You may want to start with 1/2 teaspoon and add more to desired taste.

***Any milk will work, but use dairy-free to keep this soup vegan and Paleo.

****To make this soup in a pressure cooker: Add all ingredients into the pressure cooker and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. Don't worry about waiting for the natural release. After the 8 minutes, very carefully turn the valve to “venting” for a quick release.  Then, purée until smooth and creamy. 

*****You can freeze this soup. To do so, allow it to cool to room temperature, then transfer to a freezer-safe container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Photos by Danielle from Our Salty Kitchen.

Author: Kim
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Autumn Squash Soup, Butternut squash soup, panera bread autumn squash soup

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