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This soup recipe is the perfect way to use your favorite winter squash (butternut, acorn, buttercup, kabocha, patty pan and even pie pumpkins). Add in the optional heavy cream, maple syrup, and/or cinnamon for a sweeter soup or thyme for something a little more savory, but it also tastes great as is! This is a perfect nutritious dish for a chilly day.


  • 1 butternut (or other winter squash), halved lengthwise and seeds removed

  • 3 Tbsp. butter or olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion

  • 5 Cups of water
  • 2 tsps salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream or half & half

  • 1 Tbsp. dried sage or thyme (optional)
  • 2 Tbsps. maple syrup or honey (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)
Main Ingredient(s): Butternut Squash, Winter Squash


  • Heat oven to 425°F. Cook halved squash in oven with 2 Tbsp of butter on top in a casserole pan or baking sheet. Roast until tender, about 50 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Cut the onion into medium dice. Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in a large soup pan .Add the onion and sage, season with salt and pepper, and cook, until softened, about 7 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
  • When the squash is ready, scoop out insides and place in blender with water in batches or mash in pot.
  • Add squash to pot with cooked ingredients, add maple syrup and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cream.
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Published On: September 27, 2020