Chris Cooks: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup (Dairy-Free)

October 21, 2018

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Everyone loves a warm bowl of butternut squash soup as the temperature drops. This version uses roasted vegetables to add a little more depth of flavor, and coconut milk to bring in some richness.

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5 from 7 votes

Dairy-Free Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

A rich and hearty version of the classic. The roasted vegetables give the soup a more deep flavor and the seasonings are perfect for fall. 
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Main Course
Keyword: butternut, soup, squash
Servings: 8


  • 1 small head garlic cut in half, horizontally
  • 1 red onion cut into quarters, paper layers and stem removed and discarded
  • 2 Gala apples peeled, cored, quartered
  • 1 medium butternut squash scooped out, cut into quarters vertically
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 large pinches salt
  • 2 tsp ground pepper white if you have it
  • 1 14oz can coconut milk
  • 2 cups chicken bone broth or stock
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1-2 pinches nutmeg 1 pinch if fresh ground, 2 if already ground
  • 2 large pinches salt


Roast the vegetables

  • Preheat the oven to 375. To a sheet pan add the garlic, onion, apples and squash. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and put in the oven for 45-50 minutes until the squash has softened but is not completely cooked through. 

Simmer the vegetables

  • Squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out of the head of garlic. Add the roasted cloves, onion and apples to a pot. Peel the squash and cut into large pieces. Add to the pot.
  • To the vegetables in the pot add the coconut milk, bone broth (or stock), and all the seasonings. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes..

Finish the soup

  • Using an immersion blender, blend the soup until velvety and smooth. If you don't have an immersion blender use a regular blender and work in small batches. Serve warm with a salad, bread, sandwiches, or with nothing at all. 

Equipment used:

Cutting BoardKnifeStock pot
Wooden SpoonImmersion BlenderSoup Bowls

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What do you think?

  1. Bobo says:

    5 stars
    Made this recipe as written. It was perfection!

  2. LocustSt says:

    5 stars
    I have made this recipe many, many times! It is excellent! We also have food allergies and so this has become a fall family favorite in our household. Thanks Chris! Wanted to ask, if in a rush, can I keep the peels on the apples? Do the peels soften up in the oven? This recipe is perfection!

    • Chris says:

      Since they get blended, you could leave them in, but they will maintain some of their texture. So the resulting soup may be a little more grainy.

  3. Tawnya says:

    5 stars
    I made this tonight, exactly as Chris instructs and it is absolutely delicious. I’ve never had butternut squash soup before and was hesitant to try it for fear that I wouldn’t like it, but I’m so glad I did. It’s the perfect fall soup.

  4. Tiffany says:

    5 stars
    So flavorful and perfect for cool weather. I’ll definitely make this again.

  5. Jen says:

    5 stars
    This was great, Chris!! I cheated and made it with already cubed butternut squash. I loved it with the coconut milk. I didn’t have any turmeric so I put in a little curry. Oh, and vegetable broth for the vegetarian in the family. I usually love to use my immersion blender, but I put it all in my Vitamix blender and pureed and heated all in one step, and skipped having to wash a big pot. I’m lazy. Even the kids loved it. It’s a keeper!

  6. Justine says:

    5 stars
    I made it with acorn squash and it was delicious. I’m not counting calories but I found a can of full fat coconut milk to be too rich, so next time I would make it with either half a can of full fat, or a full can of light coconut milk. The roasted veggies made for a lovely flavour that sautéing just won’t give you, plus it’s more passive than stovetop cooking – bonus. I will make this again, thanks for posting.

  7. Julie says:

    5 stars
    I just made this for dinner tonight, and we LOVED it! (I substituted vegetable stock to make it vegetarian, but other than that made it exactly as written.) The depth of flavor is fantastic, and it feels special, even though it’s easy enough for a weeknight meal. This will be a keeper, for sure! Thanks for the great recipe!

  8. Britt says:

    Can you use sugar pumpkins instead of butternut squash in this recipe? Could this also be done with a slow cooker?

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