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Hearty Butternut Squash Soup

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 (4-1/2 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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 and set aside; discard drippings.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 327 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 937mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 11g fiber), 13g protein.

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  • WireWeasel
    Dec 16, 2018

    Being disabled and seeking simpler options, I substituted the whole squash for 2 32-oz containers of Pacific Foods Organic Squash Soup, which I found at my grocery store. Its smooth texture and delicious flavor were perfect, and eliminated the need for the steps of cutting, cooking and blending of the squash. This may also help those simply pressed for time!

  • May
    Oct 29, 2018

    I roast my butternut squash whole at 425 degrees for one hour (1.5 hrs for large squash) on a baking sheet. When it cools, it is simple to peel and remove the seeds without sacrificing any meat. This soup was tasty and pretty. I did wilt some beet greens after the sausage/onion was cooked. And I used dry yellow eyed beans that I cooked up quick like in my instant pot, seasoned with oregano, smoked paprika and bay leaf. This made a huge batch of soup, but I don't think it was 12 servings if you were to eat it as a stand alone meal ( no bread/ salad).

  • kmrphy
    Oct 15, 2018

    Even my husband, who does not typically care for butternut squash, loved this soup! I used my own homemade chicken stock instead of the chicken base and water, bulk mild pork sausage and skipped the heavy whipping cream. Great way to use up the garden bounty of squash!

  • lbrennan5668
    Feb 19, 2018

    Excellent Soup!

  • Jewell
    Feb 14, 2018

    This recipe is great. I was dreading to peel that squash with that tough rind, but I did it like I do Spaghetti Squash. Put about an 1/2 inch of water in a pan (I used my convention oven that's the size of a microwave), cut the squash in half and put it in there on 400 degrees for 30 minutes while I was sauteing the red peppers. I didn't use fresh onions as I deal with heartburn, but I used onion powder so I could get that flavor. I stopped at Target for my ingredients as the store isn't that close to me on the way home. They didn't have Great Northern Beans, so I bought Cannellini beans...which are white kidney beans..no big deal to me..it's a white bean..lol. It all came out great. I used Better Than Bouillon Chicken for the flavor. It came out great. I'm sure if you want a vegetarian version, just leave out the Italian sausage, and use Better Than Bouillon's Vegetarian one. I usually use turkey type sausage anyway, and might try just plain smoked turkey sausage next time to see how it tastes. A great soup for the cold days.

  • Ellen
    Dec 14, 2017

    I loved this soup and so did everybody I shared a bowl with. Next time I think I'll roast the squash to avoid the bother of peeling or the expense of buying pre-chopped. Also rinsed and drained the tomatoes to keep the vibrant butternut color.

  • Beth
    Nov 11, 2017

    Delicious!! Used jarred roasted red peppers and omitted tomatoes as I didn't have any but amazing mix of flavors and texture. Will become a regular cool season favorite.

  • Suzie
    Oct 30, 2017

    We thought it was great. Great taste, although I didn't add red pepper and used sweet onion diced tomatoes instead of what was recommended, but we all loved it. The hardest part was getting the squash peeled and chopped up.

  • Katy
    Sep 23, 2017

    Delicious and VERY hearty! I tend to rush through recipes and I did with this one. Got a few steps out of order...but still yummy ?? Have to make it again and see if it makes a big difference. It's like a squash chili . Only better.

  • Appy_Girl
    Jan 12, 2017

    Perfect soup for a cold winters day or night. Very filling and satisfying. Taste and Chunky Texture are perfect. . Only changes I made were that I used (1) jarred pimento as I did not have any red peppers on hand. I also left out the corn to make it more carb friendly. No one walks away hungry after a bowl of this fantastic soup.JanieTaste of Home Volunteer Food Editor.