Butternut Squash Apple Soup
Butternut Squash Apple Soup

It’s the season for butternut squash, which means butternut squash soup! The workhorse of the winter squashes, butternut squash is perfect for cooking up into a hearty soup, so welcome when the cold weather arrives.

Butternut squash can be a challenge to cut raw (see our easy how-to here), it’s so much meatier than mostly hollow pumpkins. But these days you can easily find pre-cut squash at the market.

Tip: Make Butternut Squash Soup with Apple!

My favorite trick for a memorable butternut squash soup is to include a chopped tart green apple with the squash. The tartness of the apple enlivens the squash and balances its natural sweetness.

How to Make this Butternut Squash Soup

This recipe is simple and easy, starting with a base of chopped onions, celery, and carrots. You add the squash, chopped apple, stock, and seasonings, and cook until done.

With a little blender magic at the end, you have a beautifully puréed, thick, smooth, and satisfying butternut squash soup. It’s perfect for fall.

Can You Make Ahead and Freeze This Soup?

You can make this ahead of time and reheat when you are ready to serve and you can freeze this soup, too. (Here’s how.) You may need to add a little broth or water to thin out the soup when you reheat it.

Craving more squash soup recipes?

  • Curried Squash and Pear Soup
  • Curried Butternut Squash Soup
  • Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup
  • Pressure Cooker Butternut Squash Soup
  • Creamy Pumpkin Soup with Smoked Paprika

Watch How to Make Butternut Squash Soup!


For the soup:

  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 celery rib, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 carrot, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped (6 to 8 cups), seeds discarded (see How to Peel and Cut a Butternut Squash)
  • 1 large tart green apple, peeled, cored, chopped (squash to apple ratio should be 3:1)
  • 3 cups chicken stock or broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 1 cup water
  • Pinches of nutmeg, cinnamon, cayenne, salt and pepper

For the garnish (optional):

  • Fresh parsley, chopped
  • Chives, chopped
  • Dash of smoked paprika
  • Sour cream


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