Hearty Butternut Squash Soup Recipe
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Hearty Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

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The comforting combination of squash, meat, beans and veggies makes this my go-to soup in fall. It's full of freshness. —Jaye Beeler, Grand Rapids, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large butternut squash (about 5 pounds), peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen corn, divided
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon chicken base
  • 2 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Heavy whipping cream and minced fresh parsley, optional

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups (calculated without cream): 327 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 937mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 11g fiber), 13g protein


  1. In a stockpot, cook sausage, onion and red pepper over medium heat 9-11 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink and onion is tender, breaking up sausage into crumbles. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Remove with a slotted spoon; discard drippings.
  2. Add squash, 1-1/2 cups corn, water and chicken base to same pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 15-20 minutes or until squash is tender.
  3. Remove soup from heat; cool slightly. Process in batches in a blender until smooth. Return to pot. Add beans, tomatoes, salt, pepper, sausage mixture and remaining corn; heat through. If desired, drizzle servings with cream and sprinkle with parsley.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary.
    Yield: 12 servings (4-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Hearty Butternut Squash Soup in Taste of Home September/October 2013, p3-6

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Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015 Edited Feb. 14, 2016

""Hearty" certainly describes this soup! It has lots of character and makes a good wintertime meal. We cheated a bit and bought pre-cut and peeled squash. I also cooked the squash and corn in chicken broth in a pot while sauteeing the sausage, onion, and pepper in a skillet. It saved prep time. The servings were rich enough to eat without cream, but we put it on the table in case anyone wanted it."

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2015

"I was never a big fan of butternut squash until I made this recipe. Delicious!"

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2015

"The soup was full bodied and delicious. I served crostini with olive oil and parmesan cheese...I added a dollop of sour cream on top. This soup is going in my favorite soup file...."

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2015

"Sweet mushy baby food - I followed the recipe as written. Waste of time and money."

Reviewed Oct. 9, 2015

"Delicious, hearty soup. I used chicken broth and added an extra cup after pureeing the squash. And I substituted a can of corn after I pureed the squash. The flavors were more melded in a slow cooker for a couple of hours. Wonderful soup for a fall Friday dinner."

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