It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of squash. I have five different recipes for butternut squash soup – all which are very different but suitable for whatever I might be craving.
Take my Roasted Butternut Squash and Tomato Soup. This is perfect for the transition from summer to fall, using up the last of my garden tomatoes, but also giving me a reason to eat squash in August! This soup is also stellar with a grilled cheese sandwich.
My Apple and Butternut Squash Soup is great for when fall is rolling in and I’ve hit up the apple orchard for the first (or fourth) time. This soup isn’t too heavy and is sweeter from the apples.
Then there’s my Butternut Squash and Tortellini Soup. This soup is what I go for when I want a creamy butternut squash soup with a liiiiiittle more substance. The tortellini makes this soup super filling and delicious!
Don’t forget about my Tuscan Bean and Butternut Squash Soup which is heart, rustic, and perfect with a big chunk of french bread. I like this soup when I’m craving vegetables (and bread).
But when I’m REALLY looking for a kick of flavor in the face, THIS soup is what I’ll be making: Chipotle Butternut Squash Soup.
The key ingredient here is the chipotles in adobo sauce. Whenever I’m looking for a smoky flavor I always always always used chipotles in adobo sauce. Though you do have to be careful – these little guys are spicy!
Another key ingredient? Cream cheese! This makes it even creamier than butternut squash soup already is. I used my go-to GO VEGGIE Vegan Classic Plain Cream Cheese which not only tastes the same and gives the soup extra creaminess as dairy cream cheese, but it’s lower in fat, saturated fat, and calories than dairy cream cheese and has no cholesterol.
I garnished the soup with cilantro and green onions which were great complements to the spicy soup and helped balance it out. I also served it with bread one night for dinner, but then ate it with tortilla chips the next day for lunch. Pro tip: the tortilla chip combo kind of rocked my world.
So whether you’re still looking for a Thanksgiving first course (if you’re fancy like that and serve your Thanksgiving meal in courses) or a post-Thanksgiving meal that’s healthy and filling – this soup is your match!