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The Perfect Butternut Squash Soup


This fall staple doesn't need much to be delicious, but here we've perfected the recipe to yield the ultimate butternut squash soup.

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Special thanks to Mellissa Sevigny of I Breathe I'm Hungry for helping us test and photograph this recipe.


  • 1/4 Cup olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 Teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 Teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 8 Cups vegetable stock
  • One 5-pound whole butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into six pieces
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 Cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


Coat the bottom of a large pot with a generous amount of olive oil, heat on medium low to low for a couple of seconds, and add in the onions and garlic. Sauté until onions are soft and translucent, approximately 5-10 minutes.

Add in the turmeric, coriander, and red pepper flakes. Mix  the spices together and sauté until aromatic, approximately 5 minutes.

Add the potato and squash to the pot. Pour in stock to cover all ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and let simmer until both squash and potato are soft, for approximately 45-50 minutes.

Carefully remove the hot soup from stove and spoon into a large blender. Purée soup until smooth, and then return to the pot over medium heat. Add the heavy cream and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.