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Overhead shot of Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup in a pot with spoons, apples, and garnishes scattered around.
Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 10 mins

Roasted butternut squash and apple soup is a creamy, autumn spiced soup that is the perfect Thanksgiving starter. Pureed and silky, it can be made in advance and will fill your house with fall aromas.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butternut squash apple soup, butternut squash soup
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 385 kcal
  • 6 lbs butternut squash, 2 large or 3 small/medium squash
  • 2 apples, such as honey crisp
  • 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 pinch cloves
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds.

  2. Drizzle squash with 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil and place on sheet pan (ideally lined with nonstick foil), cut-side down and roast for about 45 minutes or until tender and easily pierced with fork. Remove and cool until easy to handle.

  3. While the squash roasts, peel, core, and cut the apples into fourths. Toss with 1/2 Tbsp olive oil and place on the sheet tray with the squash for the last 15 mins of cooking. Roast the apples until golden and very tender.

  4. While the squash roasts, heat 2 Tbsp olive oil and the butter over med/high heat in a large heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven. Add onion and saute for 4 minutes.

  5. Add the carrot and celery and saute for about 8 minutes, stirring frequently.

  6. Stir in the seasonings and toast for 1-2 mins. Stir in the stock and cider.

  7. Remove the squash and apples from the oven and allow them to cool slightly. Scoop out the flesh from the butternut squash and add it with the roasted apples to the pot.

  8. Cover, bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Simmer 30 minutes and then puree with an immersion blender or in batches in a blender until very smooth.

  9. Stir in cream and season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
Recipe Notes
  • Butternut squash can be challenging to peel and cut, roasting it in halves makes it quicker and easier to handle. Plus roasting helps to develop and deepen the flavor.
  • Apples and apple cider complement the squash flavor while adding a little tang and sweetness.
  • Make ahead tip: the soup can be made (do not add cream) and stored in refrigerator for 2-3 days or the freezer for a couple weeks. Defrost, reheat gently, and add cream.
  • Creme fraiche and chives are a simple topping that add flavor and look pretty in the bowl.
Nutrition Facts
Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 385 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 611mg27%
Potassium 1129mg32%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 28224IU564%
Vitamin C 52mg63%
Calcium 158mg16%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.