All I want to do once the weather gets cooler is make soup! This Vegetarian One Pot Butternut Squash Soup is cozy, filled with fresh herbs, and will compliment any Fall or Winter night!
Aren’t one pot meals the best? Especially for those of us who HATE doing dishes! Lucky for you – you’ll only have to clean the pot this soup is made in and the bowls and spoons you eat it with!
First of all…what does butternut squash taste like?
Good! (hehe) It has a sweet flavor that many people find delicious and it is tasty steamed or baked…or in soups! It’s not stringy like pumpkin so it makes it easy to puree into soups like this one pot butternut squash soup!
Butternut squash is rich in vitamin C, Vitamin A, zinc, fiber and is a naturally low calorie food. I love getting in a wide range of nutrients in soups during the holidays because I always seem to catch a little bug this time of year. This soup always helps me feel better!
How can I make this recipe gluten free?
You can use gluten free pasta or omit the pasta completely and enjoy as a creamy soup!
How can I make this recipe vegetarian or vegan?
Omit the last step of adding in the heavy cream. It’s VERY creamy and delicious on it’s own.
This soup is a great compliment to a Thanksgiving dinner. It’ll be a perfect dish if you have a vegetarian or vegan friend! You can make it without the lasagna noodles if you want to serve it as a pre dinner soup.
Or if you’d rather have it for more of an entree, add in noodles! Lasagna noodles are fun like I’ve shown in this recipe – but you can add in spiral noodles or shell noodles as well!
Want to know my secret? I buy it pre-cut frozen squash at the store. Even though the pre-cut veggies are sometimes a bit more expensive, it saves me time. Plus, you don’t have to fear chopping off a finger! Eeek!
However, if you are interested in using your own butternut squash for this soup.
This soup is:
Super easy to make
Only uses one pot
Easily made gluten Free
I broke these lasagna noodles for the soup. I love using lasagna noodles because they soak up the flavor and it’s just fun!
You can ditch the noodles in the soup if you want. You can also add in a different type of noodles if you don’t have lasagna noodles. I love customizable recipes!
In a large stock pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Then add in the onions and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for ~5 minutes stirring occasionally. Then add in the garlic and cook for another 1 minute.
Add in the butternut squash and cook for 2 minutes to give the butternut squash some heat. Add in the broth (if not vegan can use chicken broth), salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary and oregano and bring to a boil. Let the mixture boil for 10 minutes, or until butternut squash cubes are soft.
Using an immersion blender, blend until soup is smooth and no butternut squash cubes are left behind. (You can also use a blender for this step). Once it is smooth, add in your lasagna noodles – or pasta of choice. (optional to add in pasta, we make it all the time without noodles too!)
Cover with a lid for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes so pasta doesn't stick to the bottom of your pan. If the noodles soak up too much liquid, you can always add in more broth.
Option if not vegan: Can stir in 1/2 cup heavy cream to make it creamy! Serve immediately. Soup can be made in advance. Cook off pasta separately and add in noodles prior to serving.
If using fresh butternut squash, it can be easier to boil the butternut squash cubes before putting in the soup so they are softer, easier to blend and takes less time overall. Cut your butternut squash and place the cubes into boiling water. Boil the squash until the cubes are tender, ~10-15 minutes.
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