Creamy Butternut Squash Soup is a rich, sweet and savory comfort soup that is perfect for Fall and Winter. Top with croutons and chopped roasted pecans!
Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
Creamy Butternut Squash Soup tastes more like a dessert than a soup! I’ve always loved traditional butternut squash soup, but this recipe takes it to a whole new level. I first tried it at a popular Salt Lake City based restaurant called the Blue Lemon, and I was blown away! Creamy, slightly sweet, warm and spicy, this soup has all the tastes of fall. It is the most comforting of all comfort foods in my opinion. I could not wait to re-create this delicious soup at home. Even if you think you’re not a squash person, try it. You will love this warm, fragrant bowl of goodness.
What is Butternut Squash?
Butternut squash was given its name because it is “smooth as butter and sweet as a nut.” It does have a smooth texture and a nutty taste to it. There are many health benefits to eating butternut squash. It is high in potassium, manganese, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin E, and vitamin C. It is recommended as a high-antioxidant food. Butternut squash is also known to reduce inflammation and prevent osteoporosis. Many good reasons to find a place for this nutrient-packed food in your diet!
Tips for Preparing Butternut Squash
- To easily prepare the squash for cooking, trim about 1/4 inch off of each end of the squash with a knife.
- Using a potato peeler, peel the outer layer of skin off of the squash.
- Once peeled, cut the squash in half lengthwise with a sharp and sturdy knife.
- Clean the seeds and pulp from each half.
- Place the cut side of each half down on a cutting board and slice the squash in one inch rows lengthwise and then in one inch rows the opposite direction to cube the squash for cooking.
- To make preparation easier, you can also purchase the squash already cubed in the produce section of your local grocery store.
More Delicious Recipes with Butternut Squash
Butternut squash is delicious on its own steamed with butter, salt, and pepper, or sprinkled with cinnamon and brown sugar. It’s so versatile and can be used in place of meat in vegetarian dishes. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use butternut squash:
- Roasted Butternut Squash Flatbread Pizza – This is the pizza of fall! Mozzarella cheese, bacon, kale, roasted butternut squash, and parmesan all on flatbread.
- Gourmet Butternut Squash Burritos – This will change the way you think about burritos. Juicy spice rubbed pork tenderloin that is grilled and sliced, sautéed butternut squash, black beans, cotija cheese, mango salsa, and avocado lime sour cream.
- Butternut Squash Ravioli – This butternut squash ravioli with a brown sugar glaze as a surprise ingredient that is amazing – shaved chocolate. It is a sweet and savory dish that tastes amazing!
How to Make Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
- 1/4 cup butter
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger freshly grated is best!
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 8 cups butternut squash cut into 1 inch cubes (about 2 lbs butternut squash)
- 2 carrots sliced
- 1-2 cups heavy cream
- croutons optional
- roasted or candied chopped pecans optional
- In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add brown sugar and spices to melted better and stir for 1 minute.
- Add chicken stock and apple cider. Bring to a boil.
- Add squash and carrots. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, or until squash and carrots can easily be poked with a fork. Check liquid in the pot while simmering. Add more chicken stock if necessary.
- Pour all the contents of the pot into a blender. Puree until mixture is smooth.
- Blend in 1 cup of heavy cream. Gradually add more until the mixture reaches the consistency of a creamy soup.
- Pour the contents of blender back into the pot and keep warm until ready to serve.
- After serving soup into individual bowls, garnish with croutons and chopped pecans.