Butternut Squash Apple Soup – this fall inspired soup is silky smooth and perfectly spiced. Perfect for a cozy weeknight dinner or the starter for your holiday meal.
The Other Fall Squash
This time of year, pumpkin tends to get all the love. But, for me, butternut squash is the king. It’s earthy, but sweeter than pumpkin. Lighter and more delicate in flavor too. It can be steamed or roasted, then eaten in cubes or mashed or puréed. You can even eat the seeds, just like you would pumpkin seeds. This orange winter squash is the creamy base for my Dairy Free Mac and Cheese (a huge reader favorite!). And, in this dish, I’ve turned it into an ultra creamy soup (because y’all know I’m obsessed with soups!). I think this Butternut Squash Apple Soup will become a staple on your table during the fall season.
The Essence of Fall
This creamy soup is the epitome of fall for me. The smells, the warmth, the flavors. Everything about it makes me feel all cozy inside. When the first wafts of crisp autumn air arrive all I want to do is make a big pot of this Butternut Squash Apple Soup and curl up on the couch with a comfy blanket.
Quick, Easy, Healthy
This dairy free squash soup is super easy to make. It takes less than 45 minutes from start to finish and the majority of that time is hands off. It’s also packed with nutrition, boasting high amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, B vitamins, potassium, folate, vitamin K, healthy fats, and antioxidants. Not only did I create this soup with butternut squash and apple, but also carrots, cinnamon, curry powder, turmeric, a splash of plant milk, and just a touch of pure maple syrup. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and spice and cozy fall flavor.
I love this soup ultra silky smooth. You can use an immersion blender to get this consistency or carefully transfer the soup to a blender. However, I still love to have texture in my meals. I really love the contrast of crunchy roasted pumpkin seeds as a garnish for this Butternut Squash Apple Soup (just like they do at Panera with their Autumn Squash Soup and, yes, this soup is roughly based on that one).
Butternut Squash Apple Soup
I can’t wait for you guys to try this Butternut Squash Apple Soup! I hope you love it and much as we do! Please come back and leave me a comment below with your feedback once you try it. You can also find me on social media. Be sure to tag @veggie_inspired and #veggieinspired so I’m sure to see it. Enjoy!
- 4 cups cubed butternut squash
- 3/4 cup chopped carrot (about 2 medium carrots)
- 1 apple (chopped)
- 1 3/4 cups vegetable broth*
- 1 tsp salt
- dash of pepper
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp yellow curry powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 cup cashew milk (or other creamy plant milk)
- 1-2 tsp pure maple syrup (plus more for drizzling on top if desired)
- Roasted Pumpkin Seeds** (for garnish, if desired)
- In a soup pot on the stove, add the squash, carrots, apple, broth, salt, pepper, cinnamon, curry powder, and turmeric and bring to a boil.
- Turn down to medium, cover and let simmer for 25-30 minutes until the squash and carrots are very tender.
- Remove from the heat and add the cashew milk and maple syrup.
- With an immersion blender***, purée the soup until silky smooth.
- Serve immediately garnished with roasted pumpkin seeds and a drizzle of pure maple syrup, if desired.
*I like this vegetable broth for this recipe because it has a nice light yellow color.
**To roast pumpkin seeds: 1/2 cup raw shelled pumpkin seeds, 1/4 tsp oil, 1/8 tsp salt. Roast in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet at 325 degrees F for about 20-25 minutes, shaking the tray half way through. All ovens are different, so keep a close eye on them so they don't burn.
***Alternately, you can carefully transfer this soup to a blender to purée.