17 Warm Squash Soups for Chilly Nights

bowl of Creamy Butternut Squash Soup with Fresh Ginger and Quinoa
Photo: France C

Feel the chill in the air? Yes, it's time to dust off those super fantastic squash soup recipes. This celebration of autumn has become even better as squashes like buttercup, banana, and delicata crop up in supermarkets across the country. Still, it's hard to beat butternut squash, which remains at the top of the heap for soup satisfaction. Check out some of our top-rated squash soup recipes.

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Chef John's Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

butternut squash soup with sour cream garnish in a blue and white bowl

The silky flesh of this sensational squash lends itself to a velvety bowl of soup. It's the perfect blank slate on which to embellish with various spices like curry powder. So, you can go hot — or not. Follow along with Chef John in this how-to video.

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Pumpkin Soup

bowl of pumpkin soup

Of course, pumpkins aren't just for Halloween decor. The edible pumpkin varieties are sweeter, even more so the later in the season you buy them.

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Buttercup Squash Soup

bowl of Buttercup Squash Soup with a spoon
Pixie Rapp

All squash are not equal, with some bringing more sweetness to the soup party. Take the adorable buttercup, for instance. It's prized for its high sugar content, which can be balanced by the introduction of something salty.

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Vietnamese Kabocha Squash Soup

bowl of Vietnamese Kabocha Squash Soup with a side of rice and small bowl of fish sauce
Amanda Vuu

Fish sauce adds all sorts of character to soup. It's known as an "umami bomb," a savory flavor that's considered the fifth taste, following salty, sweet, bitter, and sour.

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Claire's Curried Butternut Squash Soup

bowl of Claire's Curried Butternut Squash Soup

So easy and so perfect for fall, this one's from the collection I created for my kiddo when she was a starving college student. I top it with toasted pumpkin seeds or curried almonds.

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Delicata Creamy Squash Soup

delicata squash soup in a white bowl with ricotta dollops
Catherine Meyer

"This is a nice soup," reviewer dhay616 says. "While one might think all squashes are alike, it was a nice alternative to the butternut squash soup I usually make. The delicata squash was a little sweeter and a little nuttier than butternut, so it really stands on its own with so few other ingredients and spices."

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Best Butternut Squash Soup Ever

Best Butternut Squash Soup Ever
Tina Rodrigue

Reviewers recommend roasting the butternut squash instead of simmering it in broth to bring out a richer flavor. Otherwise, follow the recipe instructions as directed to whip up this best-rated soup.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Apples and Bacon

bowl of Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Apples and Bacon topped with sour cream and bacon
Kenneth Tillotson

"The roasted squash caramelizes giving the soup that extra depth of flavor. This soup has a very creamy consistency but is completely dairy-free except for the optional garnish of sour cream," recipe creator LEXINOLE29 says. "Feel free to play around with the amount of carrot, onion, celery, or garlic."

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Roasted Acorn Squash Soup

acorn squash soup in a white bowl

"Really tasty soup. I got a load of acorn squash in my CSA storage share and was looking to do something different than the typical sweet side dish preparation of it. I love that this recipe uses half and half instead of heavy cream. With a side of hearty, crusty sourdough bread, this soup is a keeper." — jmerar

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Thai Pumpkin Soup

bowl of Thai Pumpkin Soup

This Thai-inspired soup gets its flavor from red chili peppers, coconut milk, and lemongrass, plus fresh basil for garnish.

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Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

two bowls of Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup with green garnish
Buckwheat Queen

Yellow curry powder, pumpkin pie spice, cayenne, and nutmeg give this soup its warming flavor. Coconut milk makes an indulgent base, no heavy whipping cream needed.

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Banana Squash Soup with Sweet Potato and Green Apple

cup of banana squash soup

Sweet potato and green apple bring out banana squash's natural sweetness, while coconut oil adds a subtle tropical flavor. Finish this well-balanced soup with curry powder, basil, and a bay leaf before blending it all together.

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Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

butternut squash soup in a while bowl with hazelnuts and cheese on top

"My boys love this soup! It's a stick-to-your-ribs soup that everyone will enjoy. Sherry helps to deepen the flavor while half-and-half cream gives an added richness." — LuvMyFamily

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Chicken Stew with Rice and Winter Squash

Chicken Stew with Rice and Winter Squash
Buckwheat Queen

Chicken thighs, aromatic vegetables, frozen peas, and your favorite winter squash (butternut, kabocha, or acorn) stew together with short-grain white rice, white wine, and broth to create a complete one-pot soupy stew that's perfect for fall and winter meals.

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Roasted Squash Soup

pot of Roasted Squash Soup

Roasted acorn squash, spaghetti squash, and butternut squash team up in this aromatic soup. Tart green apples, fresh ginger, curry powder, cayenne, and sherry kick up the flavor.

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Thai-Inspired Roasted Acorn Squash Soup (Vegan)

Thai-Inspired Roasted Acorn Squash Soup (Vegan)
Gwenevere Madsen Bland

Roasted acorn squash and caramelized onions and garlic are blended smooth with coconut milk, lime juice, red curry paste, and grated fresh ginger.

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Creamy Butternut Squash Soup with Fresh Ginger and Quinoa

bowl of Creamy Butternut Squash Soup with Fresh Ginger and Quinoa
France C

"Excellent recipe," says reviewer France C. "This soup has a thick, creamy consistency without using fatty creams like most other butternut squash soup recipes."

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