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What to Serve with Butternut Squash Soup

If you want to know what to serve with butternut squash soup, keep in mind the fact that this type of squash has a delicate blend of sweet, savory, and earthy flavor. 

The seasonings, toppings, and side dishes you add should enhance the flavor without overpowering it. 

bowl of butternut squash soup with cloud bread, salmon pasta salad, and grilled cheese sandwich

With the right toppings and side dishes, creamy butternut squash soup is an amazing dish to serve the family or dinner guests.

Whether you make butternut squash from scratch or use the canned version, make it the star of the show. It’s delightfully delicious, so it should quickly become one of your favorite soup recipes in your mealtime rotation.

This hearty soup is deliciously satisfying and a great way to unwind at the end of a long day. 

butternut squash soup with bacon bits

Easy Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

For those who want to make this creamy soup from scratch, I’m sharing a recipe that’s easy and has a huge payoff. 

This is one of those healthy recipes even the pickiest eaters will love.

I also have a printable form of the full list of ingredients and directions in a recipe card at the bottom of this post.


  • Cubed butternut squash (fresh or frozen)
  • Minced garlic
  • Diced onion
  • Broth (either chicken or vegetable broth)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Nutmeg (optional)
  • Heavy cream (optional)


Pour the olive oil into a medium saucepan. Sauté the garlic and onion on medium high heat until the onion is translucent.

Add the butternut squash and broth. I usually use vegetable broth, but when I don’t have it, I use chicken broth which is just as good.

Cook on medium heat until the squash is tender, about 15-20 minutes.

Puree the tender squash with an immersion blender. If you don’t have one, pour the contents into a regular high speed blender or food processor and run it until you have the consistency you like.

Homemade Soup Tips

You can double this recipe, but you’ll need to use a large saucepan to prevent overflow. If you’re making this for a large crowd or you want leftovers, use a large soup pot.

If you prefer a thinner consistency, add a little bit more vegetable stock or chicken stock. Start with a half cup of broth and stir until you get it like you want it.

Since it’s also good the next day, you might want to make more than you know you’ll eat right away. 

You can scoop some into freezer bags after it cools, seal the bags, and stick them in the freezer for next week … or even next month. When you’re pressed for time, you can enjoy a delicious bowl of leftover soup. 

Canned Butternut Squash Soup

If you choose canned soup, I get it. Sometimes you crave a flavorful soup, but you only have a few minutes to prepare it.

Don’t let that stand in the way of enjoying the rich flavors you love. Go ahead and heat up that can of soup … and then make it even better by adding a few things.

Add a couple tablespoons of butter, a bay leaf, and some other favorite seasonings.

If you like texture in your soup, try adding a couple scoops of wild rice pilaf or even cooked white rice.

My favorite canned butternut squash soup is made by Progresso. It’s really good, but I still add other ingredients to make it even better.

Delicious Toppings for Butternut Squash Soup

I like to sprinkle in some black pepper, add a dollop of sour cream, and top it off with something green like fresh herbs, chives, or a couple of thyme sprigs.

butternut squash soup with sour cream, bacon bits, and chives

You can also swirl a drizzle of heavy cream into the soup for a full-bodied, extra creamy flavor.

Other delicious toppings you might want to add are sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or croutons.

Or you can stir in some full fat coconut milk for a super creamy texture

You can even add some bacon bits if you have them. Either fry some slices of bacon and crumble them over the soup or use prepackaged bacon bits.

Fresh ingredients are usually the best. However, if you don’t have them, then by all means, use the packaged version.

If you serve this soup with some flavorful extras, no one will know that you didn’t make it from scratch.

A few simple ingredients can make even canned butternut squash soup taste amazing.

Best Side Dishes for Butternut Squash Soup

When you serve this delicious butternut soup, it’s a good idea to offer some sides that make the experience even more special. Here are some of our favorites:

Bread and Sandwiches

Any kind of bread – Whether it’s crusty French bread, sourdough bread, or this delicious cloud bread, you can dunk it or enjoy nibbles between each bite of soup.

Your favorite sandwich – These grilled cheese sandwiches are perfect to go with soup. Or you can make this yummy chicken salad and enjoy it between two slices of your favorite bread.


Salads are always good with soup. Here are some that add nutrition and lots of deliciousness:

Salmon Macaroni Salad – This provides lots of protein as well as the health benefits of fish.

salmon macaroni salad on a plate with tomatoes and spinach

Mama’s Potato Salad – My mother’s potato salad is my absolute favorite.

It always disappeared quickly at potlucks.

Scooping potato salad from the serving bowl to a plate

Watermelon Cucumber Salad – Here’s one that’s refreshing and so delicious!

I love the fact that watermelon is available year-round because I don’t like limiting this one to the summer months.

Watermelon cucumber salad with feta cheese and basil

Broccoli Slaw – Not only is broccoli a super food, it’s wonderful when mixed with other ingredients for a crunchy salad.

This is a delicious way to eat one of the best superfoods!

broccoli slaw in a bowl

Creamy Coleslaw – This coleslaw goes with everything, so add it to the menu when you make any kind of soup.

The only thing you need to decide is what brand of mayonnaise to use!

bowl of creamy coleslaw

Zesty Rotini Pasta Salad – For those who prefer a pasta salad without mayonnaise, this is perfect.

As the name implies, it’s tart and oh-so delicious!

Serving of rotini salad

Chickpea Salad – You’ll enjoy the flavors and textures in this protein-packed dish!

You also get some bonus protein (from the chickpeas) for the day.

chickpea salad in a bowl

Any salad will be a good side dish with this yummy soup. Try one of the above or get creative with your own concoction.

Flavorful Soup

I like to experiment with a variety of soup recipes, and this butternut squash recipe has turned out to be one of my favorites. 

Enjoy it with your favorite sandwich, salad, and bread for a deliciously satisfying and hearty meal.

Yield: 4 servings

Easy Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

bowl of butternut squash soup with sour cream, bacon bits, and chives

Butternut squash soup is a delicious dish to serve for lunch or dinner. Add a few toppings and side dishes to complete the meal!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 2 cups of cubed butternut squash (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup of diced onion
  • 2 cups of broth (either chicken or vegetable broth)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Dash of salt
  • Dash of nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream (optional)


  1. Pour the olive oil into a medium size pot. Swirl the pot until the entire bottom is coated with oil.
  2. Sauté the garlic and onion on medium high heat for about 5 minutes, until the onion is translucent.
  3. Add the butternut squash and your choice of vegetable or chicken broth. 
  4. Cook on medium heat until the squash is tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  5. After the squash is tender, use an immersion blender to puree the squash.
  6. If you plan to add cream and other spices, do it now..


Add a variety of toppings to make it even better. Some great toppings include sour cream, bacon bits, chives, pepper, and fresh herbs.

You can freeze this soup in airtight containers for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 181Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 20mgSodium 220mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 4gSugar 6gProtein 5g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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