BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP INGREDIENTS:
To make this easy butternut squash soup recipe, you will need:
Butternut squash: You can either use 1 medium-sized fresh butternut squash. Or feel free to save a step and purchase your squash pre-cut, either in the fresh or frozen vegetable section of the grocery store.
Carrot, onion and apple: I especially love making butternut squash soup with apple (I recommend Granny Smith) which brings an extra touch of sweet, tart flavors to this soup.
Vegetable stock and coconut milk: These ingredients have the double bonus of making this vegan butternut squash soup! That said though, if you’re not a fan of coconut milk, you’re welcome to substitute heavy cream (or half and half) instead.
Garlic, sage, salt, black pepper, cayenne, cinnamon and nutmeg: If you don’t have fresh sage on hand, feel free to use a pinch of dried. (And if you do have fresh sage, I also love to fry up a few extra leaves and use them as a garnish on top.) Also, feel free to add more or less cayenne to taste.
Your choice of garnishes: I like to drizzle on some extra coconut milk, maybe a sprinkle of toasted pepitas, and a sprinkle of extra black pepper and/or smoked paprika.
STOVETOP BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP INSTRUCTIONS:
To make this Butternut Squash Soup recipe on the stovetop, simply…
Combine your ingredients (minus the coconut milk) in a large stockpot For extra flavor, I recommend sautéing the onion and garlic beforehand in a tablespoon of olive oil. But that step is optional if you’d like to save some time.
Cook until tender. Cook the soup until it reaches a simmer. Then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 20-30 minutes, or until the butternut squash can be easily mashed with a fork.
Blend. Either use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth. Or you can transfer the soup in two batches to a traditional blender and puree it there. (Just be extremely careful blending hot liquids; you do not want the blender to be too full.)
Taste and season. Add extra salt, pepper, and/or cayenne if needed, to taste.
Serve and enjoy! Garnished with any of your favorite toppings.