This vegan butternut squash soup is an easy, simple, delicious recipe. It's a hearty warming soup for fall and winter. When you walk by the butternut squash in the market, pick up a few, and make a big batch of this soup because you're going to want leftovers!
You will need one large or two medium butternut squash.
Delicata squash could also be used or combined with the butternut. They both work really well for this recipe.
Three large carrots and two apples are also needed.
I prefer Granny Smith for this vegan butternut squash recipe, but any type of apple will be fine. The apples really improve the flavor of the soup!
Olive oil, 4-5 cups of vegetable stock, maple syrup, salt, pepper, and nutmeg finish off the ingredient list.
Obviously use a good quality maple syrup and not the artificial type. The syrup imparts such a nice sweetness to the soup - love it!
The soup is great with or without the addition of vegan sour cream, though it definitely looks better with a nice swirl of it before serving!
How to make it
- Before cutting, preheat the oven to 425f.
- Peel and cut the butternut squash with a sharp knife. If you're having trouble with the peeling process, microwaving the butternut squash for 3-4 minutes will soften it. Let it cool before handling.
- The pieces will take 30 minutes to roast. If you don't want to cut them up in this manner and have more time just halve the squash and roast them in the oven for 60-75 minutes.
- Cut up the carrots for roasting as well.
- Place the cut up squash and carrots on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Coat the squash and carrots with 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. About ½ tsp of salt and pepper will be fine. Roast the carrots and squash in the oven for 30 minutes.
- While the carrots and squash are roasting saute 2 diced granny smith apples in 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a stockpot. Saute on medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes to soften them up nicely.
- After 30 minutes check that the squash and carrots are fork-tender. If not let them roast for another 5-10 minutes. When they are ready add them to the pot with the apples and stir together.
- Add 3 cups of vegetable stock to the pot, ¼ cup of maple syrup, and the nutmeg. Stir together. I used an immersion blender to puree the vegan butternut squash soup. A regular blender will work even better - use either! If the soup is too thick add more of the vegetable stock and blend again. Really it's that simple. Let the butternut squash and carrot soup simmer for 30 minutes.
Finally, before serving check the soup and add more salt and pepper to taste.
Serve in bowls with a drizzle of vegan sour cream, maple syrup, and a pinch of nutmeg.
Placing some extra maple syrup, nutmeg, and vegan sour cream on the table is great for anyone who desires more of these garnishes.
I personally love a nice swirl of maple syrup!
Of course, other types of squash will work well in this dish.
My first choice would be Delicata, but Acorn squash would also be good.
Any type of apple is fine. The nutmeg is optional, but I feel it gives such a great Fall flavor. Pumpkin pie spice would also be a nice touch.
More fall-inspired food and drinks
- Baked butternut squash pasta
- Roasted poblano butternut squash chili
- Butternut squash with brown sugar
- Pan seared pork chops with apples
- Sausage and apple stuffed acorn squash
- White wine sangria
- Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail
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- 1 large butternut squash chopped
- 3 large carrots chopped
- 2 medium Granny Smith apples chopped
- 4-5 cups low sodium vegetable stock
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Cut Squash and carrots and toss with 2 Tbsp of olive oil and the salt and pepper. Place the carrots and squash on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and roast for 30-35 minutes at 425f. Optionally, just halve the squash and roast for 60-75 minutes, while still keeping the carrots roasting at 30-35 minutes.
- While roasting core and chop the 2 apples. Saute the apples in 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a large soup pot for 10 minutes on medium-low heat to soften them up.
- After 30 minutes add the roasted carrots and butternut squash to the pot. Also add 3 cups of vegetable stock, ¼ cup of maple syrup, and the ¼ tsp of nutmeg. Stir to combine.
- Blend the contents of the pot with either a traditional blender or an immersion blender. If soup is too thick add ½ cup of vegetable stock at a time to thin it out.
- Simmer the soup on medium-low for 30 minutes to fully incorporate all the flavors.
- Serve with a swirl of vegan sour cream, maple syrup, and a pinch of nutmeg. Enjoy!
- Any type of apple is fine.
- Garnish with more maple syrup and nutmeg if desired.