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This butternut squash soup recipe is thick, healthy, and naturally sweet. There’s no roasting necessary, so this perfectly cozy and warming fall soup is on the table fast!

If you’d prefer to make it in your pressure cooker, try my Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup.

the best butternut squash soup in a yellow soup pot with a ladle full of soup

Why you’ll love it

Even though I’m a summer girl at heart, I always look forward to making my version of this classic soup. It’s just so comforting, and the hint of coconut milk makes the texture extra silky and tastes sooo good. There’s nothing basic about the flavors here, but the technique sure is!

A lot of recipes for butternut squash soup out there require that you roast the squash first, but you don’t actually need to do that to get the warm and sweet, nutty, and quintessentially fall flavors of it. It’s simple and fuss free and with no unnecessary steps, which means fewer dishes and a quicker soup.

What you’ll need

  • Butternut squash – these babies start appearing on the shelves in September and are the star of this soup. Get one that’s dark beige, feels heavy for its size, and doesn’t have blemishes or cuts.
  • Olive oil and butter – for sautéing
  • Onion and garlic – the base aromatics to add savory depth. I like sweet (Vidalia) onions best.
  • Carrot – for more natural veggie sweetness
  • Potatoes – I like using a Russet potato. They’re starchy, which means they work great to thicken up this soup
  • Chicken broth – for another savory layer
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg – these warm spices round out the autumn flavors and will make your kitchen smell amazing
  • Coconut milk – I use the full-fat variety from Thai Kitchen. The coconut taste really complements the squash. Trust me!
ingredients for butternut squash soup in prep bowls

Can this soup be made vegetarian or vegan?

  • Absolutely. Simply use vegetable broth to make it vegetarian, and omit the butter altogether if you want a vegan butternut squash soup. That means this versatile soup can be altered easily so that everyone at your Thanksgiving table can enjoy it!

How to peel butternut squash

  • Peeling squash isn’t my favorite thing in the world, but from trial and error I’ve found that using a sharp knife is the best way. The peel is very thick, so your standard potato peeler isn’t too effective.
  • Once I cut the squash in half and then into quarters, I just use the knife to cut the peel off. I ensure the chunks are stable on the cutting board so I don’t cut myself.
  • Or you can be more precise and peel it with a knife like you’d peel an apple, more like into ribbons slowly.
the best butternut squash soup with coconut milk (in a bowl with a spoon, on a marble background, topped with croutons)

Pro tip

  • With this soup, I err on the side of caution and add less liquid to start with. It’s always easy to add more when you’re in the blending stage. The potato helps make this soup thicker and more hearty. It’s a nice little trick you can use to easily help thicken blended soups like this one. But you can go ahead and add more broth if it’s looking too thick.

How to make butternut squash soup

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

sauting onion and garlic in a soup pot and adding chopped vegetables for butternut squash soup

Sauté the onion for a few minutes in a soup pot in the oil and butter until it starts to lightly brown. Stir in the garlic. Add the chopped squash, carrot, potato, broth, and cinnamon and nutmeg to the pot. Bring to a boil.

butternut squash soup before and after pureeing with an immersion blender

Reduce the heat, and simmer it with the lid slightly open until the veggies are very tender. Blend the soup until smooth, and then stir in the coconut milk. Season with salt & pepper generously.

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Substitutions and variations

  • Want to add a little zip to the soup? Grate in some fresh ginger!
  • You can buy pre-cut butternut squash to save time or if you’re unable to peel a whole squash. I’d aim for closer to 3 pounds than 4 since once you peel the squash, the actual edible parts will weigh less than the suggested 4 pounds of whole squash.
  • You don’t have to discard the squash seeds. Try roasting them like in this Roasted Butternut Squash Seeds (5 Ways) Recipe and then using them as a crunchy garnish on this soup! 

What to serve with butternut squash soup

  • Try a couple slices of fresh bread (sourdough or a baguette is perfect), some Cheesy Garlic Bread, or top with some Homemade Croutons. It’s also great with a grilled cheese sandwich to dip into it.
  • For the soup and salad combo, try mixed greens with my Italian Salad Dressing.
  • It is a fantastic make ahead soup as a starter for Thanksgiving or Christmas to tide your guests over. Try it along with my other Holiday Recipes.

Leftovers and storage

  • Store any leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
  • You can definitely freeze butternut squash soup. It freezes well for up to 3 months. I like to store it in individual portions for ease.
  • Warm it up on the stove over a low heat for best results, giving it the occasional stir.
close-up of creamy butternut squash soup with coconut milk in a bowl

I hope you’ll give this easy butternut squash soup a try! Questions, or want to leave a review? Let me know in the comments below. You can also find me on Instagram.

the best butternut squash soup in a yellow soup pot with a ladle full of soup
4.89 from 34 votes

Simple Butternut Squash Soup

This butternut squash soup recipe is thick, healthy, and naturally sweet. There's no roasting necessary, so this perfectly cozy and warming fall soup is on the table fast!
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 pounds butternut squash peeled, seeded, & cut into 1.5" pieces
  • 1 large carrot peeled & sliced
  • 1 large Russet potato peeled & diced
  • 3 cups chicken or veggie broth (and more if needed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 (13.5 ounce) can full fat coconut milk see note
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Add the oil and butter to a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion to the pot and sauté for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the garlic, followed by the squash, carrot, potato, broth, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Increase the heat to high and bring the soup to a boil. The liquid likely won't completely cover everything, and that's fine.
  • Once it's boiling, cover the pot with the lid slightly open. Reduce the heat so it's simmering but not boiling furiously. Cook until the veggies are soft and easily pierced with a knife, about 20 minutes depending how large you cut everything. You may want to stir halfway through to ensure it's cooking evenly.
  • Blend the soup using either an immersion blender (that's what I use) or a regular blender. You may want to let the soup cool for a while first.
  • Stir in the coconut milk and season with salt & pepper to taste (I am pretty generous with both – I start with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and add more if needed). If you find the soup is still too thick after adding the coconut milk, stir in an additional 1/2 cup of broth at a time until your desired consistency is reached.

Notes

  • To easily peel the squash, I cut it into quarters and carefully use a knife to cut the peel off since it’s thick, and I find potato peelers don’t do the best job.
  • I add a whole can of coconut milk to this soup, but feel free to add half a can, or you can leave it out entirely if you wish. I like the added silkiness and the subtle coconut flavor. 
  • I usually end up buying two smaller squashes because I can’t always find one that’s around 4 pounds. If using pre-cut squash, aim for closer to 3 lbs. than 4.
  • Want to make this in your Instant Pot? Here’s the recipe
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

Nutrition

Calories: 366kcal, Carbohydrates: 51g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 483mg, Potassium: 1542mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 34211IU, Vitamin C: 70mg, Calcium: 181mg, Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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79 Comments

  1. M Moore says:

    5 stars
    Delicious and super easy. I added an apple. So yummy and paired with turkey , provolone sandwich with dijon mustard, arugula and cranberry relish.

    1. Natasha says:

      Love the addition of the apple!! So happy you liked it. Appreciate your review!

  2. Brent says:

    4 stars
    Easy recipe I used veggie broth, roasted squash. It was a great taste.
    Thanks

    1. Natasha says:

      You’re welcome!

  3. Daphne P says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Our home smelled amazing and this recipe is perfection. I added chicken sausage. Will be making this again soon!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you, Daphne!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Kathryn says:

        5 stars
        Delicious! I am not a cook, but I love soups especially if they are easy to make and this is. The only thing I would do different next time is to add only half the amount of coconut milk. It really took over the taste for me and I like coconut.

        1. Natasha says:

          I’m so happy you liked it! Yes, you can definitely reduce the coconut milk as needed.

  4. teri says:

    I have tried atleast 8 soups of yours and you have gotten an A+ in my books! … but, this recipe totally lacked something. It was very bland and sorry, but not worth all the products and time I put in to it. :0(

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi Teri! Do you still have it? I would add more salt to it. You really need to season this one well. In any case, I’m sorry this one disappointed you – I never like to hear that. ๐Ÿ™

  5. Mary Lou Nall says:

    5 stars
    Loved loved loved your simple butternut squash soup!!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you!! ๐Ÿ˜€ So glad you enjoyed it, Mary Lou! Appreciate your review.

  6. LESLIE FORD says:

    5 stars
    It was delicious but made a lot. Can it be frozen?

    1. Natasha says:

      It sure can. See “leftovers and storage” in the blog post. ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you enjoyed it!

  7. Tina says:

    Is that coconut milk in the presentation? I want to serve this at thanksgiving this year as a starter. I love trying new dishes and this is not something we eat in Texas. I can tell by the recipe itโ€™s going to be good. Tina from Texas

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi Tina! I can’t remember exactly what I used to get that swirl for the photos (sometimes cream and coconut milk don’t sit so well on top so I need to improvise… it may or may not be coconut milk lol)… but yeah, the coconut milk is stirred into the dish and the photos all have it stirred in. You could always make a test batch to see if you like it before including it for Thanksgiving. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Diane Marie says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! My hubby, the Condiment King, said, โ€œWell this is great, it needs nothing.โ€ I didnโ€™t have coconut milk, used 1/2 cup cream instead. Will definitely make again.

    1. Natasha says:

      That makes me so happy, Diane!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you for letting me know!

  9. Celita Crofton says:

    5 stars
    I made these soup today, and this is The BEST soup I’ve ever made.
    Everything about it was totally amazing.
    I served it with French bread toast.

    1. Natasha says:

      Yay!! I’m thrilled to hear it, Celita!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for letting me know!

  10. Berta says:

    5 stars
    I made this soup today and it came out great!! Easy and delicious. Am definitely making this again

    1. Natasha says:

      Yay!! Glad to hear it, Berta! ๐Ÿ˜€