Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

makes 6 servings


  • 3 bacon slices
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2/3 cup chopped celery
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed into 3/4″ pieces (about 1 1/2 pounds of squash)
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups fat-free chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cans (15 oz) Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin-seed kernels, toasted (optional)

butternut squash soup ingredients


1. Cook bacon in a large pot over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from the pan and reserve at least 2 teaspoons of drippings in pot. Crumble bacon and set aside on a plate.

2. Add onion, celery, and garlic to the pot. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Add chopped butternut squash and cook an additional 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

butternut squash in pot

4. Add wine and cook until most liquid evaporates. Stir in broth, cumin, red pepper, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil.

5. Remove the soup from the heat, ladle into bowls, then sprinkle with crumbled bacon and (optional) pumpkin seeds.

Overall, this soup was phenomenal. I was skeptical that the butternut squash was in large chunks, but it was absolutely delicious. You’ll be shocked as to how much you can taste the cumin and cinnamon…

butternut squash soup recipe

Original recipe found at Cooking Light Cookbook

About the Author

By , on Feb 13, 2013
Andy Tenton
Andy is a 30-something New Yorker who turned his financial life around. He took charge of his finances, got out of debt, and is now working his way toward financial success. He is the publisher of

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  1. Everything tastes better with bacon 🙂

    I usually make this soup without bacon, but it loses its flavour (counterpart with the sweet squash)

  2. CF says:

    I’ve been trying to experiment with squashes more. I’ve been baking them a lot but haven’t made a soup yet. Looks like a tasty recipe, thanks!

  3. Looks super tasty. We love anything with cumin, so I suspect this would be a big hit in our household.

  4. The best soup on the face of the earth! Thanks for this recipe Andy!

  5. This sounds really delish; pitty I have been doing this ‘slow burn’ thing where neither bacon nor cream are allowed. Then again, I am known for not being able to resist temptation.

  6. Mackenzie says:

    Yum, this looks good 🙂

  7. I’d probably substitute out kidney beans for the white beans since I’m not a big fan of the “great northern bean”

  8. I love squash! My Dad makes an awesome squash soup and we like to try more recipes.

  9. AverageJoe says:

    Why is it that I see bacon and start to giggle?


  10. Michelle says:

    This looks super tasty!

  11. I am going to pass this on to my wife. We had butternut squash growing like crazy last year in our garden and could not find enough uses for them. Plus, it has bacon, so it has to be good. 😉

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