Velvety Butternut Squash Soup

October 26, 2009

Author Notes:

This soup is so remarkably smooth, you’ll be tempted to call it creamy butternut squash soup—except there’s not a spot of cream. Start by roasting the squash in a 400ºF oven, until it’s nice and tender, about 30 minutes (split lengthwise and scoop out the seeds first). Then your blender does the magic of whipping the soup into a light and airy puree.

Jennifer Perillo

Serves: 4


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 leeks, white parts only, thinly sliced
  • 1 small butternut squash, roasted & flesh scooped out
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup toasted sweetened coconut & almonds
  • 1 teaspoon chopped cilantro
In This Recipe


  1. Heat butter and oil in a 2 quart pot over medium heat. Add leeks and saute until soften and fragrant. Add roasted butternut squash and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
  2. Pour contents of pot into the glass bowl of a blender and puree until smooth, about 2 minutes. Divide among four bowls and garnish with toasted and almond mixture and a sprinkle of cilantro.

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Reviews (5) Questions (0)

5 Reviews

Jay D. October 12, 2014
How long does it take to roast the squash? - not knowing makes it difficult to plan for cooking the meal.
Patty April 13, 2014
Wonderful addition to dinner tonight. I love leeks, not overwhelming flavor, all blend together well.
Rabia S. February 3, 2013
I opted for roasted veggies (parsnip and mushrooms) over the almonds, cilantro, and coconut, but this recipe is great! I had been looking for a rich butternut squash base without heavy cream, and this was perfect.
tenpenny January 15, 2013
This tastes amazing and I love that there's no cream. Like the previous commenter, I omitted the almonds (I would suggest toasting the squash seeds and tossing it in the soup) but I kept the coconut and cilantro and some chipotle for smokiness. This recipe is a keeper!
annanymous November 6, 2010
the almonds overpowered the squash, so i stuck with toasted coconut. great recipe. thanks!