Butternut squash and colder weather go together like nobody's business. Thick, rich, and nutritious by nature, our best butternut squash soup recipes are the perfect, cozy thing to warm you up this fall and winter. Whether you're looking for weekday soup and sandwich lunch ideas for fall and winter or need a first course for your holiday dinner menus, you'll find a satisfying squash soup recipe here, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free variations.
01 of 14
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup
Warm, soothing, and super-easy to prepare, this slow cooker butternut squash soup is wonderful to come home to on chilly evenings. Though it's nice and creamy—with extra sweetness from fresh apples—the recipe is completely vegan, using coconut milk for its silky texture. Don't skip the step of sauteing onions before adding them to the crockpot—it takes mere minutes and is essential to the soup's mellow taste.
02 of 14
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Roasting butternut squash in the oven with brown sugar, cinnamon, and apple cider before you blend it with broth and aromatics is the key to this soup's deeply sweet, caramelized flavor. A little heavy cream at the end is all you need to produce an exceptionally luxurious fall soup. Top bowls with toasted pumpkin seeds or pecans for an elegant first course at holiday dinners.
03 of 14
Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup
Deeply-flavored butternut squash soup without any pre-cooking or sautéeing required? That's the beauty of this blended autumn soup that cooks in your Instant Pot in just 30 minutes. Enjoy it for an easy lunch with crackers, or top bowls with pumpkin seeds, chopped fresh herbs, crunchy croutons, or Parmesan shreds for an elegant starter at dinner. You can make it vegan by swapping out the heavy cream for coconut milk.
04 of 14
Dairy-Free Vegan Butternut Squash Soup
Slowly simmering butternut squash with carrots, celery, garlic, and onions, and celery until they all become ultra-tender is a great way to coax loads of flavor from inexpensive vegetables. Use homemade vegetable stock, a store-bought broth, or even water in a pinch, to make this colorful autumn squash soup that's sweetened with soy milk for an entirely vegan experience.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
05 of 14
Butternut Squash Ginger Soup
A knob of freshly grated ginger, plus some dried ground ginger, transform a basic butternut squash soup into something much more exciting. No dairy ingredients are required for this naturally thick and rich blended soup, but feel free to add a dollop of Greek yogurt or sour cream for extra creaminess. For extra-spicy ginger flavor, use a microplane to grate the fresh ginger root into the soup.
06 of 14
Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup
Take your tastebuds on a trip to Thailand with this creamy curried butternut squash soup. Packed with sweet, spicy, and lively flavors from coconut milk, curry powder, ginger, honey, and lime juice, it's a total palate-pleaser in one bowl. Make a big batch in under an hour, to freeze ahead for enjoying on colder days. For a special presentation when serving, top bowls with fresh chopped cilantro, roasted peanuts, or sunflower seeds.
07 of 14
Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup
Carrots add a lovely, vegetal sweetness to this vegan and vegetarian butternut squash soup. With a nice and creamy texture from soy milk, and great herbaceous flavor from fresh sage, it makes a comforting bowlful at lunch or dinner. Make it a meal with avocado toast or a Greek veggie wrap, or serve it for a comforting starter at all of your autumn dinners.
08 of 14
Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
Celebrate the best of seasonal fall produce with this creamy autumn soup that brims with sweet and savory tastes. With nutty-tasting butternut squash, crisp Granny Smith apples, and a creamy coconut milk base, gorgeously accented with cinnamon and sage, it's an explosion of flavors in your bowl and super nutritious to boot.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
09 of 14
Gluten-Free Butternut Squash Soup
Looking for weekday lunch ideas for your family that are gluten-free? You need only 30 minutes to cook up a butternut squash soup that is dairy free and sugar free (and vegan and vegetarian if you make it with vegetable stock). Prepare a batch at the beginning of the week and store in the fridge for an easy heat-and-serve thermos lunch option.
10 of 14
Pureed Butternut Squash Soup
Simple and versatile, this pureed butternut squash soup boasts a nicely-spiced flavor from ginger and garlic and brightness from an unexpected ingredient: orange juice. Feel free to swirl in some sour cream or heavy cream, if you like a richer soup. You can also accent the veggies before blending with your favorite spice mixture from five spice powder to za'atar to adapt this recipe for international menus.
11 of 14
Butternut Squash Bisque
A trio of fresh savory herbs—plus plenty of heavy cream—takes tender pureed butternut squash from weekday to wow. You won't believe how insanely flavorful, thick, and rich this elegant soup is, especially if you use a homemade chicken stock as the base. Garnish it with crunchy croutons or chopped pecans for a first course worthy of your most special occasions.
12 of 14
Latin-Style Coconut Butternut Squash Soup
Unlike Thai-style squash soups made with coconut milk, this Latin-inspired squash soup uses a cumin, chile pepper, and cinnamon spice blend, and includes ribbons of fresh green spinach, to achieve its signature taste. Oven roasting the butternut squash cubes, along with their seeds, is a clever way to create a rich and tasty soup base, and a pleasing garnish, in a single step.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
13 of 14
Winter Squash Soup With Shredded Cheese
Shredded gouda or gruyere cheese are inspired toppings for a warming bowl of winter squash soup. The mild and nutty taste of both cheeses is an excellent match for butternut squash, especially when the latter is cooked down slowly with garlic. Serve this soup with a hunk of crusty bread for a comforting light lunch that always hits the spot on snowy days.
14 of 14
Savory Squash Soup With Sage
Butternut squash brings its famous nutty, sweet, and savory flavor profile to this pureed winter soup. Use fresh sage for the simmered vegetable base, reserving a few chopped leaves for topping bowls. This soup freezes ahead well, making it a great idea for holiday dinners, or weekday lunches when you need to get nutritious food on the table quickly.