Butternut Squash Soup for #SundaySupper

by Renee on October 7, 2012

Butternut Squash Soup

Winter squash is now in season. I look forward to this time each year so I can make soup. It is rare for me to make it in summer. My craving for soup and stew really kick in with the cooler weather. All it takes is a cool and rainy day and I am pulling out the soup pot. That is exactly what happened the other day. I made butternut squash soup.

The first thing I have to do is put on gloves. Unusual for a home cook right? I discovered I get contact dermatitis when peeling butternut squash. My skin turns orange and tightens up like you would not believe. You may want to take preventative measures and wear gloves while peeling the squash. Peel it thoroughly until all you see is orange color. Be sure to peel off the yellow-ish thin layer right under the skin.

Make sure you have a big, good, sturdy knife. Butternut squash is hard. Cutting through it is tough. I could see how some knives would not handle the job or break. The rest is easy once you have it chopped up. Oh, one other note…if you puree it in a blender, do not fill it to the top and loosely cover the blender. Hot soup expands as it blends. How do I know? I had butternut squash soup blow out all over my kitchen once. A great big orange mess. Lesson learned.

The Sunday Supper team is celebrating all things orange. Pam from The Meltaways is our event host. What a fun theme Pam picked to kick off October when you see the color orange all around. Take a look at these recipes:

Sunrise  (Breakfast and Brunch)

High Noon (Soups, Salads and Sandwiches)

Sunset (Dinner and Main Dishes)

By The Bonfire (Sweets, Snacks and Sips)

That is one great list of orange culinary delights. What a way to brighten up a meal. A feast for the eyes and the tummy!

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Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped (Vidalia or sweet recommended)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 butternnut squash, peeled and seeded
  • 64 ounces vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • Few grinds of fresh ground pepper
  • Juice from 1 orange
  • Splash of orange liqueur (optional)
  • Heavy whipping cream (optional)
  • Pepitas for garnish (optional)

In a 7-quart or larger soup pot or dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook (sweat) the onions until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant. Add the squash, broth, ginger, nutmeg, cumin, allspice, bay leaf, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Stir ingredients together and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cover and turn heat to low. Cook, covered, about 1 hour until the squash is very soft. Remove and discard bay leaf.

Puree using an immersion blender or in batches using a blender or food processor. Stir in the orange juice and liqueur (if using). Stir in some heavy cream if desired (about 1 to 3 tablespoons). Garnish with pepitas if desired. Serve hot.


This is a thick soup. You can add more vegetable broth or water to thin the consistency.

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Laura Hunter October 7, 2012 at 3:57 am

I too have made the hot soup in a blender mistake. :) Standing on a chair trying to clean the ceiling of soup was an interesting mistake to make. Butternut squash soup is our family’s sick soup during the fall. Every time someone gets sick I make up a big batch, it is healthy and so soothing.


Pam @ The Meltaways October 7, 2012 at 5:32 am

Add me to the soup in a blender club too! Yours looks so delicious and creamy! Beautiful pictures as always! Thank you so much for joining in this week!


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen October 7, 2012 at 8:10 am

I love pumpkin soup, but this recipe has so much going on. Love the spices and of course want to try the liqueur dash! Wonderful instructions Renee! Have a wonderful sunday!


Faye Leong October 7, 2012 at 8:34 am

Love your Butternut Squash Soup with all the spices….great combination!


Cindys Recipes October 7, 2012 at 8:55 am

This is one of my favorite soups of autumn along with sweet potato bisque!


Megan @Irun4Wine October 7, 2012 at 9:18 am

Love butternut squash (I made one this week too!). Your version looks and sounds amazing.


Patti October 7, 2012 at 9:26 am

I would love this as a starter for Thanksgiving Dinner! Love this recipe!


Katie October 7, 2012 at 10:00 am

Oh yum – butternut squash soup always makes me think of fall…and it is so comforting!


Sheila Fretz October 7, 2012 at 11:32 am

I love butternut squash soup and this looks amazing!


Jen @ Juanita's Cocina October 7, 2012 at 11:43 am

How strange that you can eat the squash but not touch it! This looks amazing!!!


Anne P @ Webicurean October 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I haven’t fallen into the blender trap, yet, but rest assured, I’ve had plenty other gaffes in the kitchen! This soup looks and sounds amazing.


Beate October 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm

We are soup lovers :) and your butternut squash soup looks divine. I cannot wait to make it – we will just leave out the heavy cream and replace it with some plain soy creamer to make it “Galactosemia” safe :) ~ Bea


Tara Noland October 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I love soup but fall ones are my favorite. This looks perfect!!


Soni October 7, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Ooh I just love these warm comforting soups in this weather!Love the spices going in this soup and I think I would really enjoy a bowl right now for my lunch :)


Carla October 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Wow, I’m really surprised to hear about that contact dermatitis! Is it just squash?! Maybe pesticides? Well, I’m glad you can still eat squash because this soup is very comforting. As far as cutting, I end up boiling it for a few minutes (kinda like blanching) just so it’s soft enough to cut but not actually cooked (if that makes sense).


Susan October 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Your soup is beautiful and I like that cream is optional. I always feel like pureed soups are creamy enough without the addition!


Kathia October 7, 2012 at 2:27 pm

The perfect recipe for a cold afternoon.


Stephanie Zielinski October 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Hot Soup in a blender is a mistake we all make ;) I am looking forward to making this soon!!!


Sarah October 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Love this because it’s not sickly sweet like most canned stuff.


Dara October 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Love this soup. I adore adding petit as as well.


Tora Estep October 7, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Love the sound of this soup. The spices really complement the sweetness of butternut squash. My hands tighten up when I cut butternut squash too! I always just assumed I hadn’t gotten all the juice off or something. I also ended up with orange nails for a few days, which isn’t perhaps the most attractive look but it’s worth it for delicious soup!


Heather @girlichef October 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm

I love Butternut Squash and this soup is so perfect for this wonderfully chilly weather.


Nicole @ Daily Dish Recipes October 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm

This is a soup I could make a lot. It looks fantastic and I love that it’s actually a thicker soup. Hearty and warm … the perfect Fall & Winter comfort food. Looks delicious Renee, I could go for a bowl right now. :)


Momma's Meals October 7, 2012 at 7:25 pm

I seriously need to experiment on soups like this so I can eat this delicious creation! Thanks for sharing another amazing one.


Audrey's Mamma October 7, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I love butternut squash soup but have never made my own. This recipe sounds amazing.


The Wimpy Vegetarian October 7, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I’m a total soup girl, and butternut is one of my favorites. Love the idea of adding a little orange liqueur!


Hezzi-D October 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm

This soup looks warm and inviting.


Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) October 7, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Oh yummy! And a splash of orange liqueur?? I like that idea!


Nancy @ gottagetbaked October 7, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Lol poor Renee! Exploding soup is the last thing you want to deal with! I love butternut squash but have never cooked with it myself because I know how hard it is to peel and cut. With so many beautiful and delicious butternut squash recipes for this week’s Sunday Supper, like your creamy, thick, flavorful soup, I’m wanting to try now!


Kim Bee October 8, 2012 at 12:04 am

I should try the glove thing with tomatoes. Great idea.

Great recipe. I think my hubby would just love this one.


Lyn @LovelyPantry October 8, 2012 at 1:25 am

I truly enjoy your posts, Renee. This one reminded me of a period in time when I used to give my blender a side eye stare. Yes, I too had a blender incident. I figure it must have been a soup, I can’t remember now. But I was covered a hot thick substance…face, clothes, cupboard doors, floor. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy my immersion blender now lol! This soup looks tasty and comforting, lovely presentation as always!


chattering kitchen October 8, 2012 at 2:21 am

Looks beautiful. Have to give this one a try


Laura @ Family Spice October 8, 2012 at 10:37 am

I love butternut squash, but I’ve never tried it in soup. Looks so silky and smooth!


diabeticFoodie October 8, 2012 at 11:11 am

Thank goodness I’m not allergic because I absolutely cannot function while wearing gloves. I love winter squash soup and your version looks so, so good. Can’t wait for cooler weather.


Liz October 8, 2012 at 11:23 am

Both beautiful and tasty, Renee! I love all the yummy spices you added for this wonderful #SundaySupper soup :)


Crazy Kwistin October 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm

That is so crazy about your hands! Glad you can still eat the product. Beautiful picture!!


Katy October 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm

This is stunning! Wonderful colour and it sounds like it tastes amazing. It is definitely soup weather now, I can’t wait to try this!


sunithi October 8, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Love the addition of nutmeg & all spice. Must be so savory. Healthy too.. mmm delish !


Anita at Hungry Couple October 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I love soup when it’s chilly out and this looks so creamy and good. My market sells already peeled and cut butternut squash and I admit I always buy it, even if it’s a bit more expensive. So, so, so much easier. :)


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts October 8, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I am so excited that fall is here for thick and comforting soup!


Family Foodie October 8, 2012 at 11:18 pm

This soup looks amazing and I love the crunchy seeds on top. Once it cools down in Florida, I will be trying this recipe. Thank you for sharing it during #SundaySupper!


Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom October 10, 2012 at 2:33 am

Yum! Can’t wait to make this! This will certainly hit the spot on a cold, rainy day here in seattle! :)


Sarah October 10, 2012 at 11:39 am

I had to google why my hands felt tight after cutting butternut squash. I’m so glad it’s not some oddity only I have. I oven roasted the squash when I made my soup but I will have to cry cooking it on the stove. Maybe I’ll get a smoother texture. Yours looks so much smoother than mine! thanks for sharing the recipe and the tips.


Jamie (Mama.Mommy.Mom) October 12, 2012 at 8:56 am

Orange Liqueur? YUM! I love butternut squash, especially a good creamy soup. I’m intrigued by the added flavors from the liqueur.

Jamie @ http://www.mamamommymom.com


Renee October 13, 2012 at 9:24 am

Yes, orange liqueur. It adds an extra oomph like cooking with wine.


Chelsea October 13, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Beautiful soup! I love that you added some pumpkin seeds. So festive!


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