Pretty bowl of butternut squash soup with ginger. Whole nutmeg and garlic on the side.
Plant-based, Soups

Butternut squash soup with ginger and nutmeg


Butternut squash soup with ginger and nutmeg is one of my all time favorite fall soups. It’s fragrant and easy to customize to your tastes.

Pretty bowl of butternut squash soup with ginger. Whole nutmeg and garlic on the side.
Butternut squash soup with ginger and nutmeg

Do you have a favorite squash? There so many wonderful varieties. I seem to always come back to butternut squash. It’s one of my all time favorites. Butternut squash is incredibly versatile and pairs well with many different spices and flavors. In this soup, fresh ginger and ground nutmeg work beautifully together. They make the soup fragrant, tasty, and it just feels like fall.

This recipe will serve 4 people. So, go ahead and double the recipe if you are serving a larger group. I like the flavor of chicken broth in the soup. But if you’re vegetarian or vegan, go ahead and use vegetable broth instead. It’s just as delicious. Leave out the heavy cream if so desired. It thickens the soup and adds a creamy flavor, but it is not 100% necessary if you are looking for more plant-based options.

A pretty bowl of butternut squash with ginger and nutmeg soup.

Butternut squash is packed full of nutrients including vitamins A, C, E, B-6, magnesium, and potassium. To name a few!

Preparing homemade soup is easy, but generally requires a little patience and time. That’s why homemade always tastes so much better than store-bought. You’ll also get more health benefits out of the fresh vegetables you use. To make this process a little easier, I recommend making the butternut squash puree ahead of time. You can make it a day or two ahead and finish off the soup within 30 minutes when you’re ready. I also often measure out two cups of the puree and seal it in a freezer-safe container. I freeze it for later use as soup or a sauce.

If you like it a little spicy, you can kick it up a notch by adding a pinch of red chili pepper flakes to the squash before it bakes in the oven. The chili’s release their oils as it cooks and slightly spices it up.

Nutritional information source Health benefits of butternut squash: Medical News Today, Oct 2014

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Useful kitchen tools for this recipe:

Breville Sous Chef Food Processor
OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro Jelly Roll 10 x 15 Inch

Butternut squash soup with ginger and nutmeg

Fresh ginger and nutmeg are fragrant and tasty in this easy creamy butternut squash soup.

Preparing butternut squash puree

  • 1 butternut squash (medium to large sized)
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Preparing the soup

  • 2 cups butternut squash puree ((from above))
  • 2 – 2 1/2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1/4 cup onion (minced)
  • 1 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger (peeled and minced)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1 can chicken broth ((14.5 oz can) approximately 2 cups or vegetable broth)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • sea salt and freshly ground white pepper (to taste)

The butternut squash puree

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds and strings with a spoon. Season the inner flesh of the squash with the sunflower oil and a generous pinch of sea salt. Bake in the oven for 1 – 1 1/2 hours or until the flesh is soft and fork-tender. I usually reduce the heat after the first 30 minutes to 375 F to help prevent scorching. Remove the puree with a spoon after it has cooled slightly and mash up the puree. Store up to three days in the fridge.

The soup

  1. Over medium-high heat, saute the onions in the sunflower oil until they begin to soften. Lower the heat as necessary to avoid scorching. Add the garlic and ginger and saute for another couple minutes. Next, add the squash puree and chicken broth and bring it to a simmer.
  2. Simmer for a few minutes and then carefully transfer the mixture to a food processor or blender. (Transfer in batches if necessary). Pulse in the food processor until it is a smooth consistency. Transfer the mixture back to the soup pot.
  3. Add the nutmeg, heavy cream and additional sea salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste. The soup should be somewhat thick. Water can be added a little at a time to thin the soup to taste.

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If you like it a little spicy, you can kick it up a notch by adding a pinch of red chili pepper flakes to the squash before it bakes in the oven. The chili’s release their oils as it cooks and slightly spices it up.

Use freshly ground nutmeg for the best results.

I like organic sunflower oil. But you can use any good quality vegetable oil.

Transfer the soup to a food processor in small batches. Hot liquid in a food processor can expand. Be careful not to overfill the processor.

Plant-based? Use a high-quality vegetable broth and leave out the heavy cream. Heavy cream can be substituted with pureed silken tofu if you would like a thicker texture.



  1. Butternut squash soup. I bet it’s yummy!

  2. 5 stars
    It’s my favorite squash too! I love that you roasted it! It looks so creamy. Perfect for the cold weather coming!

    • Michelle Barsness

      Thanks so much for visiting Aleka. Butternut is just so wonderfully naturally creamy. It’s just perfect for soups.

  3. 5 stars
    I really love the idea of using the ginger and nutmeg, It sounds a really warming and delicious soup!

  4. 5 stars
    Butternut squash is my favorite, although pumpkin runs a close second. I often add ginger to my squash soups, but I’ve never tried nutmeg. Sounds delicious! I’ll be adding the pepper flakes for a bit of spice. What a perfect autumn soup!

    • Michelle Barsness

      Thanks for visiting Michelle. Yes, a little fresh nutmeg is really nice with this. I hope you like it.

  5. This soup looks delicious. Kinda making me wish it wasn’t 93 degrees today. I dream of crisp cold fall days so I can make yummy fall recipes.

  6. 5 stars
    I just love butternut squash, whatever the recipe! I love that you roast your squash first, I think it makes such a difference to the depth of the soup. I’m definitely the spicy sort, so would love chillies in there, as you suggest! Wonderful cold weather recipe, Michelle!

  7. I have to say I am amazed at how many varieties of squash exists, but to me, butternut is a favourite as well! I’ve done my version of a butternut soup many times, but have never added ginger, it sounds like an interesting twist! I usually just put everything in the slow cooker, I’m curious as how it will taste with the baked squash!

    • Michelle Barsness

      Mmmmn, butternut squash is so good baked. You can just spoon it up, add a little salt and eat it just like that. Delicious. Definitely try it.

  8. I love a good soup! This sounds perfect but I haven’t had squash in years! I have a list of soups I found on Pinterest that I’m going to try and now I have yours! Can’t wait to try it!

  9. I have yet to try butternut squash soup before but I might have to make this during the cooler months using this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

  10. I absolutely LOVE butternut squash soup! and with ginger, garlic and nutmeg that is going to be a bit of awesomness in every spoonful. I can’t wait to make some.

  11. 5 stars
    This is totally perfect for cooler fall weather! It sounds delightfully delicious!

  12. I have been looking for a soup recipe using butternut squash. This looks delicious. Cant wait to try.

  13. mmm this soup sounds super comforting, perfect for the winter!

  14. 5 stars
    Butternut squash soup is one of my favorite soups. I can’t wait to make your recipe as it looks so delicious!!

  15. 5 stars
    This looks great! You have it listed as an appetizer but I was wondering what you served with it as a main?


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