Butternut Squash Apple Soup

Simple and easy butternut squash soup! A tart green apple adds just the right balance for the squash.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

It’s the season for butternut squash! The workhorse of the winter squashes, butternut squash is perfect for cooking up into a hearty soup, so welcome when the cold weather arrives.

Butternut squash can be a challenge to cut raw (see our easy how-to here), it’s so much meatier than mostly hollow pumpkins. But these days you can easily find pre-cut squash at the market.

My favorite trick for a memorable butternut squash soup is to include a chopped tart green apple with the squash. The tartness of the apple enlivens the squash and balances its natural sweetness.

This recipe is simple and easy, starting with a base of chopped onions, celery, and carrots, you add the squash, the chopped apple, stock, and seasonings, and cook until done.

A little blender magic a the end and you have a beautifully puréed, thick, smooth and satisfying fall soup.

Check out this quick little video we made on how to make this butternut squash apple soup!

Butternut Squash Apple Soup Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6

If you finely chop (1/2-inch) the butternut squash, apple, carrot, celery, and onion, they'll cook more quickly.

Add a smoky flavor to the soup by sprinkling in some smoked paprika. Make the soup a little more creamy by swirling in some sour cream (after you remove the soup from heat).

Butternut squashes come in various sizes. Your ratio of chopped butternut squash to chopped apple should be 3 to 1.


  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 celery rib, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 carrot, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped (6 to 8 cups), seeds discarded (see How to Peel and Cut a Butternut Squash)
  • 1 tart green apple, peeled, cored, chopped (squash and apple ratio should be 3:1)
  • 3 cups chicken stock or broth (use vegetable broth if cooking vegetarian)
  • 1 cup water
  • Pinches of nutmeg, cinnamon, cayenne, salt and pepper


1 Sauté onion, carrot, celery in butter: Heat a large thick-bottomed pot on medium-high heat. Melt the butter in the pot and let it foam up and recede. Add the onion, carrot, and celery and sauté for 5 minutes. Lower the heat if the vegetables begin to brown.

2 Add squash, apple, broth, water, then simmer: Add the butternut squash, apple, broth and water. Bring to boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes or so, until the squash and carrots have softened.

3 Purée the soup: Use an immersion blender to purée the soup, or work in batches and purée the soup in a standing blender.

4 Season with nutmeg, cinnamon, cayenne, salt, pepper: Add pinches of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cayenne. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Garnish with chopped fresh parsley or chives.

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  • Beth

    Another rave review for this soup. I started with the recommended pinch of spices, but ended up putting some pumpkin pie spice in, too. It was really good! I also like the idea of trying cumin as well. Will definitely make this again. It’s worth the work of prepping the squash!

  • Mary Anne

    I make soup all the time but this is my favorite. I roast the butternut squash and onions together and use vegetable broth. This is by far the BEST soup ever

  • Stephy

    I just made this and it is awesome!! The apples were a nice surprise… I added a bit of soy milk for creaminess plus first roasted the squash in the oven. Used a blender and mashed everything up to golden vat of goodness. Used spices cinnamon and nutmeg. Thanks for the receipe!

  • Barbara

    Wonderful, flavorful soup. Even my 90+ year old mother liked it…and she likes little I cook!
    The only thing I changed was to use fresh ground white peppercorn instead of black pepper.
    Had to share.

  • Nancy

    Love this recipe! I made a couple of additions by adding raw turmeric, ginger and used 2 1/2 cups chicken stock and 1 cup apple cider. Also, I roasted the squash with olive oil, salt and pepper. So savory!

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