Now that summer has faded to fall and the cooler temps have rolled in, I’m in soup and stew mode. Anyone else? If so, give this 5 Ingredient Butternut Squash Soup a try. It’s easy to make and uses a very short list of simple ingredients. What could be better?
Is this 5 Ingredient Butternut Squash Soup Dairy Free?
So often, when soups are pureed or are rich and creamy, it means that there’s added whipping cream or half and half. Usually it’s just a tiny bit of cream added right at the end to add a bit of richness to the soup or bisque.
While this might be fine for many people, it doesn’t work for a person who doesn’t eat dairy.
I created this 5 Ingredient Butternut Squash Soup to be rich tasting and creamy, WITHOUT adding dairy. So, if you need to avoid dairy, this soup is a great option!
Is this 5 Ingredient Butternut Squash Soup Healthy?
This 5 Ingredient Butternut Squash soup has 5 main ingredients (and then olive oil, salt and pepper for a few pantry staples that I don’t count as part of the 5 ingredients). Of those 5 ingredients, 3 of them are fresh produce items, which means this soup is packed with healthy nutrition!
Because of the butternut squash, this soup is loaded with beta-carotene, which is a powerful antioxidant that boosts eye health and promotes healthy skin (who doesn’t want that?!?).
Also, this soup is high in heart healthy soluble fiber thanks to the apple and squash!
What can I eat this 5 Ingredient Butternut Squash Soup with?
This 5 Ingredient Butternut Squash Soup tastes great coupled with a salad for lunch, or as a side dish soup to go with your favorite roasted meat and veggies for dinner.
Like butternut squash as much as me? Try this 5 Ingredient Butternut Squash-Celery Root Soup, or use it in place of the fresh pumpkin in this Moroccan Spiced Pumpkin-Lamb (or Pork) Stew.
5 Ingredient Butternut Squash Soup
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds*, fennel seeds, or caraway seeds
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
- 1 2- pound butternut squash
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
- 1 red cooking apple, cored and coarsely chopped
- ¼ teaspoon coarse salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- In a 4- to 6-quart heavy pot, toast cumin seeds over medium-low heat for 30 to 60 seconds, shaking the pan occasionally so seeds toast evenly. Watch closely so seeds don’t burn. Transfer seeds to a spice grinder (or clean coffee grinder). Cool completely. Grind until finely crushed.
- In the same pot, cook onion in hot oil over medium-low heat for 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
- Meanwhile, trim and peel squash. Cut squash in half to reveal the seeds; scoop out seeds and roast for a garnish if desired**. Cut squash into about 1-inch pieces. Add squash, broth, apple, and salt to pot with onion. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until squash and apple are tender. Stir in crushed cumin.
- Cool soup slightly. Use a blender or immersion blender to blend soup until completely smooth. Return soup to the pot. Heat through over medium-low heat. Season with additional coarse salt if desired.
- To serve, ladle soup into serving bowls. Top with freshly ground pepper and roasted squash seeds (if using).