Butternut Squash Soup

Good ole butternut squash soup!  It’s on tons of menus this time of year, every year.  There’s a reason people love it:  it never gets old — it’s wonderful!  



This butternut squash soup is richly flavored, creamy, and smooth.  It’s also subtly sweet, hearty, warm, and delicious!  It’s perfect for a winter evening (by the fire, under a blanket, or in a mountain cabin.)  I’ll settle for our dining room table — it’s delicious there, too!  And kids love it!

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  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 6 cups peeled and roughly chopped butternut squash (about 2 1/4 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 5 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken stock or broth, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • Salt and cayenne pepper to taste

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Serves 6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 35 minutes

Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium heat.  Add the onions and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the squash, cover and cook until slightly soft, about 10 minutes.  Stir in the spices and sage and cook until aromatic, about 30 seconds.  

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Pour in the stock or broth and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes. The squash should be very soft at this point.  

Puree the soup with a handheld or standing blender.  Add the half and half and season to taste with salt, pepper, and more sugar if necessary.

An additional note:

I love this soup with a bit of heat — cayenne pepper is great (if you’re not serving little ones, of course).