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butternut squash soup recipe

I have made this soup a thousand times and a thousand times I love it.  I like to make it because not only does it taste rich and look beautiful, it seems fancy.  And guess what?  It really isn’t.  But I am not going to tell people that.  I want them to think that I slaved making it, but really the hardest part of this soup is peeling the butternut squash.  That sometimes can be a chore, but the end result is so worth it.

The thing that makes this rustic soup seem fancy is the Gruyere crouton that you can either serve alongside to dip, or float on the top of your soap.  I am partial to serving it on the side, because I do not like a soggy crouton.  Personal preference of course.

I like to serve this soup when I am having people over because you can make it a day ahead of ahead of time.  Just warm it over medium heat until it is hot.  I like to serve it with a nice hearty salad.  My Spinach Salad with Curried Pecans, Blue Cheese and Apples would be just perfect.

You know, it is Monday.  This is a perfect recipe to add to your Meat Free Monday recipe collection.  Just use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

butternut squash soup recipe

*This recipe is adapted from Epicurious*

1/4 cup butter
1 large diced onion
4 minced garlic cloves
2 large containers chicken broth
8 cups peeled and diced butternut squash
1 1/4 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
1 1/4 teaspoon minced fresh sage
1/4 cup whipping cream
2 teaspoons sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Croutons:

2 Tablespoons softened butter
24 sliced baquette slices
1 cup grated Gruyere cheese
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1 teaspoon fresh sage
salt and pepper

butternut squash soup recipePeel your butternut squash.  I like to use a vegetable peeler for the job.

butternut squash soup recipeSlice the squash in half and remove the seeds.  I use a melon baller to get the seeds out.

butternut squash soup recipeDice them into chunks.

butternut squash soup recipeIn a large pot or Dutch oven, melt the butter and add the onions and garlic.  Saute until tender, about 10 minutes.

butternut squash soup recipeAdd the squash, herbs, and broth.

butternut squash soup recipeBring the soup to a boil.  Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover the pot.  Cook until the squash is very tender about 20 minutes.  Puree the soup in the blender in batches, or using an immersion blender.  Add the cream and sugar.  Taste for seasoning, add salt and pepper to taste.

butternut squash soup recipeSlice the baquette on a bias.  Butter each side with butter.  Broil until golden, about one minute.  Flip the bread over and top with the cheese, herbs and salt and pepper.  Broil until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

butternut squash soup recipe

Butternut Squash Soup with Gruyere Croutons

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 large diced onion
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 large containers chicken broth
  • 8 cups peeled and diced butternut squash
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon minced fresh sage
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Croutons:
  • 2 Tablespoons softened butter
  • 24 sliced baquette slices
  • 1 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fresh sage
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Peel your butternut squash. I like to use a vegetable peeler for the job.
  2. Slice the squash in half and remove the seeds. I use a melon baller to get the seeds out.
  3. Dice them into chunks.
  4. In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt the butter and add the onions and garlic. Saute until tender, about 10 minutes.
  5. Add the squash, herbs, and broth.
  6. Bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover the pot. Cook until the squash is very tender about 20 minutes. Puree the soup in the blender in batches, or using an immersion blender. Add the cream and sugar. Taste for seasoning, add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Slice the baquette on a bias. Butter each side with butter. Broil until golden, about one minute. Flip the bread over and top with the cheese, herbs and salt and pepper. Broil until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
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28 Responses to Butternut Squash Soup with Gruyere Croutons

  1. Jenny says:

    YUMMY!!! We are having this for dinner tonight!!

  2. Michelle says:

    I make a version of this but roast the butternut squash first – makes it oh so yummy! Also – where can I find the recipe for that halloween looking trifle that is pictured in the corner. Looks cute and I’m sure my 2 year old would love it :-) Thanks for the great recipes and pictures!

  3. Michelle says:

    I make a version of this but I roast the butternut squash first – oh so yummy!! Love your website – thanks for all the great pics and recipes! Where do you have the recipe for halloween inspired trifle that is pictured in the top right corner? Looks great and I know my 2 year old would love it!

  4. Megan says:

    Ooh… this looks heavenly. I love sage, thyme, and Gruyere… and am bookmarking this so hopefully I’ll have a chance to make it soon!
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  5. I do love a good soup recipe! Soups and stews are my favourite things to eat : d

    Do you think you could leave out the cream in this recipe?
    Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday recently posted..Fall Fun Weekend

  6. I love love soups during this time of year. Specially with fall ingredients. And you were right it looks and sounds so fancy but easy to prepare and all those flavor coming together I am sure must be amazingly tasty.

  7. corey says:

    This soup is amazing. Thanks so much for sending some my way. I need to make some soon. Even Matthew (16 mo.) wanted more of this. Delish!

  8. Diem says:

    This looks divine. I have been trying to find a butternut squash recipe to try out. And added bonus, the hubby loves gruyere.

  9. Jess` says:

    Since this cold just won’t leave me alone, it’s butternut squah soup for dinner tonight! Thanks for the recipe :)

  10. Amy says:

    This looks delicious! One comment though – if you are using a regular blender rather than an immersion blender, remember to let the soup cool before blending, otherwise the heat from the soup forces the lid off and the hot liquid goes everywhere! Don’t ask me how I know this, just trust me. ;)

  11. Kelly C says:

    Making this for a good friend today as we are celebrating her birthday. Cannot wait to try it. Thanks.

    Kelly

  12. Wendy says:

    This soup was simply delicious…as is everything I make from your site! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

  13. Kjbq says:

    Making this yummy soup today. Perfect for rainy cold day:)

  14. Stephanie says:

    Made this soup for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I’m a soup lover, but I’ve actually never tried butternut squash soup before and we really enjoyed it. Great balance of flavors and so simple! You’re right about peeling the squash being the hardest part. I skipped the gruyere crouton, although I’m sure that is a delicious addition, in favor of a grilled cheese panini. I’ll definitely be making this one again and I’m looking forward to eating leftovers for lunch tomorrow!
    Stephanie recently posted..Menu Plan Monday – Week of November 18th

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