Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup is a warm, savory fall soup with the sweetness of apples and cider. A great way to cook with fall produce!

butternut squash and apple soup in a bowl

One of my favorite things about Fall is the wonderful fruits and vegetables that are at their peak. The cooler weather means that it’s officially soup season (although some of us enjoy soup year round with the a/c cranked up!)

butternut squash and apple soup in a gravy boat

I initially made this soup last year. It was my first time working with butternut squash, so I was a little intimidated, but it’s really not difficult. The hardest part is cutting the squash open!

This recipe does require a lot of peeling and chopping, but it’s definitely worth it. Considering this is Ina Garten’s recipe, it should come as no surprise that it’s AMAZING!!! Bob and I LOVE this soup and highly, highly, highly recommend it! It makes a LOT, so be prepared for leftovers!

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Recipe Details

How to Cut a Butternut Squash

The first step is to cut the butternut squash. A butternut squash can look intimidating, but it’s actually quite easy to cut up.

whole butternut squash

First, peel the squash with a vegetable peeler.

peeled butternut squash

Then using a large chef’s knife, cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise.

butternut squash cut in half

Next, scoop out all of the seeds with a metal spoon.

butternut squash with seeds removed

At this point, I like to flip the squash over. Simply cut the squash into chunks.

cut up butternut squash

Making the Soup

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup ingredients

In a large pot, the onions are sauteed in the butter, oil, and curry powder. Then the cut squash, apples, salt, pepper, and water are added to the pot and simmered until the squash is soft.

Once the squash is very soft, the mixture is pureed. Then the apple cider or apple juice is added, and the consistency can be adjusted with extra cider or water. The salt and pepper can be adjusted, and the soup is ready!

Gluten Free Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

This soup is naturally gluten free!

Looking for More Savory Fall Recipes?

Check out these Fall Recipes:
Saffron Risotto with Butternut Squash
Caramelized Apple Stuffed Chicken with Cherries and Fontina
Chicken and Pumpkin Tart Appetizers
Turkey Pumpkin Meatloaf Muffins
Classic Turkey Chili
Turkey Pumpkin Chili
Fancy Turkey Chili
Chicken Sonoma Stew
Black Bean Soup
Leek and Potato Soup
Roasted Tomato Soup
Simplified Chicken Tortilla Soup

butternut squash and apple soup in a gravy boat

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

A savory autumn soup with the sweet flavor of apples. The perfect main dish or soup course for fall!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups chopped yellow onions (3 large)
  • 2 tablespoons mild curry powder
  • 5 pounds butternut squash (2 large)
  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet apples (4 medium)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups good apple cider or apple juice


  • Warm the butter, olive oil, onions, and curry powder in a large stockpot uncovered over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, until the onions are tender. Stir occasionally, scraping the bottom of the pot.
  • Peel the squash, cut in half, and remove the seeds. Cut the squash into chunks. Peel, quarter, and core the apples. Cut into chunks.
  • Add the squash, apples, salt, pepper, and 2 cups of water to the pot. Bring to a boil, cover, and cook over low heat for 30 to 40 minutes, until the squash and apples are very soft. (This takes a bit longer for me).
  • Process the soup through a food mill fitted with a large blade, or puree it coarsely in the food processor fitted with a steel blade. (You may also use an immersion blender, which I did – much easier!)
  • Pour the soup back into the pot. Add the apple cider or juice and enough water to make the soup the consistency you like; it should be slightly sweet and quite thick. Season with salt and pepper if desired and serve hot.


Source: Adapted from the Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten
You’re Gonna Bake It After All
Keyword main dish, soup, vegetarian

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