Winter Squash Soup (With Variations)

Winter Squash Soup
Molly Watson
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
385 Calories
10g Fat
61g Carbs
14g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 385
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 958mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 108mg 8%
Iron 4mg 25%
Potassium 258mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

There are few things as bright and warming as a bowl of homemade winter squash soup. This recipe is farily simple, keeping the focus on the sweet flavor of the squash. Scroll down for variations to keep you eating delicious squash soup all fall and winter long.

Pretty much any type of hard winter squash will do. The exceptions being spaghetti squash—the stringy texture doesn't whirl up very well and it's also not as sweet as other types of squash—and delicata squash simply because it has such a thin skin that it's troublesome to peel.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds winter squash

  • 2 medium onions

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 4 cups chicken broth

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • 1/4 cup gouda

  • 1 cup croutons, optional

  • 1/2 baguette

  • 2 tablespoons butter

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Trim off and discard the stem end of the squash. Cut the squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out and discard the seeds and "guts." Cut off and discard the peel. Roughly chop the squash and set aside.

  3. Halve, peel, and chop the onion. Peel and mince the garlic.

  4. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the butter or oil and the chopped onion. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft, about 3 minutes.

  5. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  6. Add the squash and the broth. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to maintain a steady simmer and cook until the squash is very tender, about 20 minutes.

  7. While the soup cooks, make the croutons if you're using them: Preheat an oven to 350 F. Tear the bread into bite-size chunks. Melt the butter. Put the pieces in a medium bowl, drizzle with the butter, and toss to coat as evenly as possible. Spread the bread pieces on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake until golden or golden brown. Let cool.

  8. Transfer small batches of the soup to a blender. Hold a kitchen towel over the top (to prevent burns) and whirl until completely and utterly smooth, 2 to 3 minutes per batch. If you're lucky enough to own an immersion or stick blender, now is an excellent time to use it.

  9. Return the soup to the pot and add more salt to taste, if you like. If using the cream or crème fraîche, stir it in now and gently heat the soup over low until heated through.

  10. Serve the soup hot with a handful of croutons and a sprinkle of shredded cheese on top, if you like. 

Use Caution When Blending Hot Ingredients

Steam expands quickly in a blender, and can cause ingredients to splatter everywhere or cause burns. To prevent this, fill the blender only one-third of the way up, vent the top, and cover with a folded kitchen towel while blending.

Variations

Spice it up by adding a chopped jalapeño and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne along with the garlic.

Make it gingery by including 1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger with the garlic.

Add more vegetables by including a peeled and chopped carrot, parsnip, sweet potato, yellow summer squash, and/or turnip along with the squash.

Green it with a swirl of chimichurri or gremolata as a garnish.

Pack in the protein by including 8 ounces of silken tofu in the blender when you whirl the soup.

Make it crunchy by saving and roasting the squash seeds and then using them as a garnish.

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