With the weather turning colder it’s the perfect time of year to whip up some tasty soup. And what better fall ingredient than butternut squash. The sweet and nutty flavor of the squash melds well with the strong flavor of the fresh ginger. This is one of those wonderful soups that is creamy but contains no diary. Plus butternut squash is high in vitamin A and E and also contains a good amount of fiber.

This soup can be made ahead of time and frozen. It makes a great first course for a Thanksgiving meal or served the following day with leftovers.

Butternut Squash and Ginger Soup



Butternut Squash and Ginger Soup
4.0 from 1 reviews
Recipe type: Side
Serves: 6
  • 2 butternut squash (about 4-3/4 pounds total), halved lengthwise, seeded
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 cups (or more) chicken broth
  • Chopped fresh parsley and/or ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cover a large baking sheet with foil. Lightly oil squash and place cut side down, on baking sheet. Bake until squash is very soft, about 50 minutes.
  2. Using paring knife, remove peel from squash; discard peel. Cut squash into 2-inch pieces. Heat remaining oil in a large Dutch oven (6 to 7 quart) over medium-low heat.
  3. Mix in onion, brown sugar, ginger, garlic and cinnamon stick.
  4. Cover pot and cook until onion is tender, about 15 minutes.
  5. Add squash and 5 cups chicken broth. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Discard cinnamon stick.
  6. Working in batches, purée soup using a Vitamix, food processor, immersion blender or blender.
  7. Return soup to pot. Season soup with salt and pepper. Bring to simmer, thinning soup with more broth if necessary.
  8. Sprinkle with parsley and/or ground cinnamon and serve.
* Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cool, cover and refrigerate.
* Soup freezes well. Let cool and place in freezer-safe containers.


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2014-11-07T07:04:43+00:00 November 7th, 2014|Categories: Sides|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |6 Comments


  1. Sally Fridy November 7, 2014 at 8:24 am - Reply

    This is a great recipe. Thanks so much!

    • Nicole November 7, 2014 at 7:16 pm - Reply

      I know you’ll like this one, Sally!

  2. David November 8, 2014 at 10:50 am - Reply

    This sounds great! I am looking forward to being with Brad and Sue for Thanksgiving! I am in charge of pies, though – maybe Sue will make the soup!

    • Nicole November 9, 2014 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      David – Sounds like a great plan – I assume that you will be together in AZ? I plan to make a pecan pie with a gluten-free gingersnap crust as part of our Thanksgiving contributions (we’ll be with family in NJ).

  3. Susie McCawley November 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    This is a delicious soup–love the smooth texture. It would go nicely as a first course with any holiday meal. I only gave it 4 stars, however, because I thought it could use a little something else–perhaps some more ginger or cilantro in place of parsley?

    • Nicole November 18, 2014 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      Susie – Thank you for your feedback. I always love cilantro (but realize not everyone does) so I’d try it with some cilantro – it will definitely step up the flavor.

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