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Smoky Butternut Squash Soup

The season for squash is here! This dish tastes delicious with just about any accompaniment, so get creative.

Butternut Squash Soup With Crispy Sage Leaves

Photo: Stephanie Weaver

Butternut squash soup is a great autumn dish and it's color is definitely intrinsic to the season.

I love autumn because it’s when squash starts showing up at the markets. And butternut squash is a comfort food from way back, when my mom used to buy the frozen blocks of it and then serve it with salt, pepper, and a pool of melty margarine.

I still sometimes buy the frozen blocks, but I’d much rather buy the actual squash, throw it in a roasting pan, and play with the cooked chunks. This soup comes together very quickly if your squash is already roasted. The crispy sage leaves and toasted pepitas add crunch and just the right herby note to the smoky soup.

Smoky Butternut Squash Soup With Crispy Sage Leaves And Toasted Pepitas


  • 3 ounces potato
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 16 ounces roasted butternut squash
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/8 teaspoon (pinch) chipotle powder
  • 8 sage leaves
  • 1/2 cup pepitas (aka pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F/180C/gas mark 6. Roast the butternut squash: cut off each end, and slice lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds with a grapefruit spoon. Spray or brush cut sides with oil. Place cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes or until soft and tender. Scoop out the flesh from the skin.
  2. Wash the potato and cut up into small cubes. Put in a microwave-safe container with filtered water and 1 t. salt. Cook until fork-tender. Drain. [You can also roast the whole potato in the same pan as the squash.]
  3. Combine all the ingredients except the sage and the pepitas in a blender and blend until smooth. Toast the pepitas in a dry skillet until toasted. Lightly spray the skillet, add the sage leaves and lightly fry on each side until crispy. Top the soup with crispy sage leaves and the toasted pepitas right before serving.

Stephanie Weaver

Stephanie Weaver is a writer and wellness advocate who lives in San Diego. Her specialty is remaking recipes with healthy ingredients: low-sodium, gluten-free and migraine-friendly. She has a Master's in public health in nutrition education from the University of Illinois. Visit her blog Recipe Renovator.

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