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Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

This deep golden soup is as pretty as it is yummy. If you'd like, you can intensify the garlic flavor by adding an extra bulb. The garlic is what really flavors this soup. -Linda Rose Proudfoot, Huntington, Connecticut
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours + standing YIELD:8 servings


  • 3 pounds unpeeled butternut squash, halved and seeded
  • 2 large unpeeled onions
  • 1 small garlic bulb
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Sprigs fresh thyme, optional


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cut squash into eight large pieces. Place cut side up in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Cut 1/4 in. off tops of onion and garlic bulbs (the end that comes to a closed point).
  • 2. Place cut side up in baking pans. Brush with oil; sprinkle with thyme. Cover tightly and bake 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until vegetables are very tender. Uncover and let stand until lukewarm.
  • 3. Remove peel from squash and onions; remove soft garlic from skins. In a large bowl, combine vegetables, broth and cream. Puree in small batches in a blender until smooth; transfer to a large saucepan. Add parsley, salt and pepper; heat through (do not boil). Garnish with thyme if desired. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 203 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 510mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 6g fiber), 3g protein.

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SanDiegoCathy User ID: 5961938 242262
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2016

"I was so excited about this recipe. I love the flavor of garlic roasted in the peel and imagined onion to be sweet and condensed in the same way-but it wasn't. The onion (and I only used one, thankfully) was overpowering. I could tell it would be when I unwrapped it from the foil-so I tried sauteing it a bit in the pot-but it just didn't work. I added it anyway. So, the onion stood out too much in the flavor of the soup. Next time I'll roast the garlic bulb (one) and squash, use half of one onion, chopping and caramelizing them before blending with the other ingredients. I also thought it would be easier to peel the pieces of butternut squash after cooking-not so. I will peel before roasting the squash."

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 232994
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2015

"I'm now cooking for myself, so I pared down the recipe! I used a 12-oz. package of frozen butternut squash which I cooked in my microwave oven as package directed, then added: 1/2 large onion , thinly sliced, 2 celery ribs, diced, the balance of a garlic bulb in which I removed the peel from garlic cloves and then diced the garlic. (I omitted the olive oil.) 1 tsp. Italian seasoning, 1-1/2 cups chicken broth, 1-1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper, 1/4 cup 2% milk rather than whipping cream! What I'd done was combine squash, diced celery, the Italian seasoning, sliced onion, diced garlic. I then added the broth to the vegetable mixture and the milk. I covered the saucepan in which the squash, onion, Italian seasoning, broth, celery, garlic, and milk was in and allowed mixture to simmer 20 minutes or until celery was tender. I used my food processor to blend this mixture and I thought that it was very tasty after I finished cooking all the vegetables and liquid together and processed it! Thank you for sharing this recipe with Taste of Home! delowenstein"

DJanew User ID: 8197203 216794
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2015

"Delicious. Didn't have cream so added plain Greek yogurt and a little honey."

rzymekchicago User ID: 8161471 215021
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2014

"I love this soup, but I didn't use any garlic, less onions and I added some cooked carrots and parsley root. I used home made vegetable broth. No sugar needed. It came out delicious."

Mndawson08 User ID: 8094399 28389
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2014

"My whole family absolutely loves butternut squash. We just received about ten of them the other day from our friends and with the cold weather I wanted to try making one of my favorite soups. I loved the idea of roasting the veggies and how it made my house smell! Unfortunately like others have said, using two onions was just WAY too much, especially large ones. I think next time I will add one small purple onion to add a touch of natural sweetness. I ended up using about 1 1/2 bulbs of garlic because I love it. Tomorrow when we serve it again, since there was a lot, I will add a touch brown sugar and nutmeg!"

Appy_Girl User ID: 1132413 45294
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2014

"This is a lovely soup. However I do agree with others that mentioned too much onion and garlic. Less when cooking this delicate vegetable is best. I added thyme to the roasted vegetables as I think that is one that compliments it tremendously.


MSBOBE User ID: 7302855 63877
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2014

"Great recipe, I lightened up on the onion, only used 1, same with the garlic, used half of it. No olive oil, only real butter. I added a little brown sugar to it to sweeten it up a bit, then before I served it I drizzled some heavy whipping cream on the top and added a walnut. My step-mom kept asking for a little more and the senior dinner we do for the nursing home asked for it again this year. It was a great hit."

badsoup User ID: 8023490 72558
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2014

"roasted garlic and roasted onion are way to savory for this typically sweet soup, I knew something was wrong when I open up the foil and got a very uninviting odor. try omitting both and using some sherry instead, much better, try making a roasted garlic spread with the roasted garlic instead........"

Kathleenelizabeth User ID: 7989693 28379
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"I loved this soup and so did my whole family. Next time I will double the batch. I added 3 cloves of garlic, used heavy whipping cream and added a pinch of nutmeg at the end. It was fabulous and I will definitely be making it again."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 203853
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2013

"While I liked the fact that the vegetables were roasted, I felt that the garlic just overpowered the soup. The soup was a beautiful color, and I was thrilled to use my new immersion blender. In order to make the soup more palatable to us, I added honey and nutmeg."

kristen_ekhoff User ID: 3146635 80609
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2013

"Awesome flavor, but thin consistency."

djcook123 User ID: 7234419 63876
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2013

"Very good and easy to make"

[email protected] User ID: 1798069 28375
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2013

"A great autumn soup for those who don't like squash. We add a cinnamon teddy graham for garnish."

nfry User ID: 2570432 26226
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2012

"This was a great recipe. I didn't have enough garlic to add the extra, but it tasted good with just the small head of garlic. I garnished with bacon and chives, and it was delicious. I also melted about 3 or 4 tablespoons of butter in at the end."

mitzy white User ID: 945673 103338
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

"This one of my favourite soup recipes. It is so good & so easy!

I plan to make it this weekend."

monis1 User ID: 2718484 74946
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2012

"Made this today minus the parsley and it is fabulous! I will definitely make it again"

momio User ID: 2526647 28690
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

"We loved this soup! The garlic makes it so I added a bit more!"

mscopper User ID: 6353779 81695
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2011

"Very good, great on a snowy winter day."

repete11 User ID: 4381442 203852
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"Totally worth the time and effort. This soup comes out so creamy and delicious, I make it every fall. Just one tip: add the parsley before putting mixture into the blender to avoid a strange texture. Also, I recommend using the extra garlic or an extra large bulb, it makes a huge difference! Otherwise, beyond excellent!"

donnacrecipes User ID: 4574259 72544
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2010

"This is delicious! I've also added 1T coconut oil, yum!"

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