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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup is one of my favorite soup recipes to make when the weather begins to turn cool and dreary. The thick and creamy bowl of soup is full of slightly sweet and earthy flavors and will warm your body from the inside out.

Not to mention, this is one of the healthiest soups as well. However it is so full of flavor that you forget you are eating a soup that is actually good for you. And with the abundance of fresh picked squash available this time of the year, I like to take advantage of the harvest and make an extra batch or two.

Then I will freeze the soup so that we can enjoy a delicious, heart warming & healthy meal whenever we need one. It is a great way to get a quick lunch or dinner prepared without much effort.

bowl of roasted butternut squash soup

Roast The Butternut Squash First

However in order to get the most flavor from the winter squash, be sure to roast it first. When roasted, the natural sweetness of the squash is enhanced, and the soup becomes even more flavorful.

Yes, it is an extra step, but trust me it is worth the extra time that it takes. The soup will take on a whole new and delicious flavor after the squash has been roasting in the oven.

And it is easy to do. Simply cut the stem base off of the butternut squash. Then keeping the squash in the upright position, use a sharp knife to cut it in half, top to bottom.

Next, remove the seeds and strings from the center of each half. Then drizzle olive oil over the exposed flesh.

Place each side face down (skin side up) on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Then bake in a preheated oven set at 425°F for 50-60 minutes or until a fork can easily pierce through the outer skin.

Remove the butternut squash from the oven and flip each half over. Once it is cool enough to handle, all that is left to do is to scoop the flesh out of the skin and make the soup!

roasted butternut squash
Be sure to take the extra time to roast the butternut squash to give your soup the most flavor.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

*Complete recipe instructions including specific measurements, cook temperatures and times are located in a printable recipe card at the bottom of this article. However, be sure to keep reading for helpful tips and tricks when making this recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 large butternut squash, approximately 3 pounds
  • 1 2/3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3-4 cups, vegetable broth
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Then use a large, sharp knife to cut the butternut squash in half vertically (from top to bottom) and remove and discard the seeds.

*As a side note, the seeds that you remove are delicious when roasted. Just follow the same instructions as you do for Roasting Pumpkin Seeds.

Roast The Butternut Squash

Now that you have the squash cut in half, drizzle 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil over the inside of each half (using a total of 1 tablespoon). Then sprinkle it with salt and pepper.

Gather the prepared baking sheet and place the squash face down, so that the skin is facing upward. Then place the baking sheet in the oven and roast it until it is tender and completely cooked through.

Although oven temperatures can vary, it will take approximately 50-60 minutes. Test doneness with a fork by piercing through the top of the skin.

Once the fork can easily be inserted through the butternut squash, remove the baking sheet from the oven. Then use a large spatula and flip the two halves over and set aside until cool enough to handle.

Using a large spoon, scoop the squash into a large bowl and discard the skin.

scooping out roasted butternut squash
When the butternut squash is fork tender you will easily be able to scoop out the flesh with a spoon.

Now it is time to prepare the onions for the roasted butternut squash soup. *If you are making the soup in an electric pressure cooker skip this step and proceed to the instructions below.

In a large stockpot, add 2/3 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the onion and salt to the pan.

Then cook the onion until it becomes tender and translucent. This will take approximately 4-5 minutes.

Then add the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute, or until the garlic is fragrant. Be sure to stir frequently to prevent the garlic from burning and becoming bitter.

Cooking Methods To Make Butternut Squash Soup

1. Stove Top Blender Method:

Add the roasted squash to the same stockpot that you used to cook the onions and garlic. Then add the vegetable broth, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice and fresh ground black pepper to the pot.

Bring the mixture to a light boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally for 15 – 20 minutes

Then carefully use your immersion blender to blend the soup completely. Then add 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil and blend again. Add additional salt and pepper, to taste.

If you don’t have an immersion blender you can add the cooked roasted butternut squash soup to a blender and pulse until smooth.

The important thing to remember is to not overfill the blender with the hot mixture. You want to fill the container only half full.

Therefore, you may need to work in batches to get the soup nice and smooth.

immersion blender

2. High Performance Blender Method:

If you have a high performance blender with a heated soup function, transfer the cooked onion and garlic from the pot to your blender. Then add the roasted butternut squash, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice and fresh ground black pepper to the container.

Next, pour in 3 cups vegetable broth, being careful not to fill the container past the maximum fill line, again, work in batches as necessary.

Then lock the lid in place and select the SOUP preset button. Use the puree mode if applicable. For the Instant Pot Blender push Soup Level 2.

Once the cook time expires, you can add in additional broth if desired. Then add 1 to 2 tablespoons more of olive oil, and additional salt and pepper to taste. Press pulse a few times to blend in the final ingredients.

3. Electric Pressure Cooker Instructions:

When using an electric pressure cooker there is no need to saute the onions and garlic in a separate pan. You will do this step in the pressure cooker itself.

Turn the pressure cooker on the Saute Mode. Once the display reads HOT add olive oil, onion and salt. Saute until the onion has softened and is translucent, approximately 4-5 minutes.

Then add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Press CANCEL.

Now add the roasted squash to the pot. Then add the broth, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice and fresh ground black pepper and stir.

Place the lid in the locked and sealed position. Press Pressure Cook or the Manual button (depending on the model that you have) and cook on HIGH pressure for 5 minutes.

butternut squash soup

***If you are using un-roasted butternut squash: peel, remove the seeds and dice the squash into 1-2 inch pieces. Pressure cook on HIGH for 8 minutes.

Once the cook time has expired, preform a controlled, Quick Release of Pressure by slowly moving the valve to the VENTING position. Do this slowly so that the liquid from the roasted butternut squash soup does not spew out of the spout.

Carefully unlock the lid and stir in the remaining olive oil. Add salt & ground black pepper to taste. If you like your soup a little spicy, add in a dash of cayenne pepper as well.

Serve warm.

Store leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Enjoy!

Mary and Jim

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Yield: 8 servings

Thick and Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

bowl of roasted butternut squash soup

A heart warming soup with roasted butternut squash and flavored with maple syrup, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

Ingredients

  • 1 large butternut squash, approximately 3 pounds
  • 1 2/3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ½ cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3-4 cups, vegetable broth
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425° F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut your butternut squash in half vertically and remove and discard the seeds.
  3. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of olive oil over the inside of each of the squash halves and sprinkle it with salt and pepper.
  4. Turn the squash face down on the lined baking sheet and roast until it is tender and completely cooked through, approximately 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside until cool enough to handle. Use a large spoon to scoop the butternut squash flesh into a bowl and discard the skin.
  5. In a large stockpot, warm 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat until hot. Add the onion and salt. Cook until the onion has softened and is translucent, approximately 4-5minutes.
  6. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.

Stovetop/Immersion Blender Method

  1. Add the roasted squash to the pot, then add the broth, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, and fresh ground black pepper. Bring the mixture to a light boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 – 20 minutes.
  2. Carefully use your immersion blender to blend the soup completely, then add 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil and blend again. Add additional salt and pepper, to taste.

High Performance Blender/Vitamix/Instant Pot Blender Instructions

  1. If you have a high performance blender with a heated soup function, transfer the cooked onion and garlic to your blender. Add the roasted butternut, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, and fresh ground black pepper. Pour in 3 cups vegetable broth, being careful not to fill the container past the maximum fill line (work in batches as necessary). Fasten lid and select the soup preset – puree mode if applicable (Instant Pot – Soup Level 2).
  2. Once the cook time expires, you can add in additional broth if you needed. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil, and additional salt and pepper to taste, and blend well on pulse.

Notes

Refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 6 months in an air-tight container.

If you don't have pumpkin pie spice, use 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg instead.

Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 93Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1267mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

Nutritional Information is to be used as a general guideline only . Nutritional calculations will vary from the types and brands of the products used.

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