"Butternut Squash Soup" that's perfect for the season:


  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (optional)
  • Garnishes: roasted pumpkin seeds, a drizzle of cream, chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Place the cubed butternut squash on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat evenly. Roast in the preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes or until the squash is tender and slightly caramelized. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  2. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, carrots, and celery. Cook for about 5-7 minutes, or until the vegetables are softened and the onions are translucent.
  3. Add the minced garlic and thyme to the pot, and sauté for another 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  4. Add the roasted butternut squash to the pot and pour in the vegetable or chicken broth. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  5. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until it's smooth and creamy. Alternatively, you can carefully transfer the soup in batches to a blender and blend until smooth, then return it to the pot.
  6. If you prefer a creamier soup, stir in the heavy cream at this point and gently heat the soup without boiling. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve the butternut squash soup hot, garnished with roasted pumpkin seeds, a drizzle of cream, and chopped fresh parsley for a touch of freshness and color.

Enjoy this comforting and flavorful butternut squash soup as a delightful fall appetizer or as a cozy main course with some crusty bread on the side.