Butternut squash is a hearty soup that transforms so perfectly into soup! But what pairs well with it? Read on for 23 delicious ideas about what to serve with butternut squash soup!
Butternut squash is one of those odd-looking produce items (like artichokes!) that people tend to shy away from because they seem too intimidating to eat. I ignored it for many years before throwing one into my cart.
I’m so glad I caved because oh-my-goodness I am 100% in love with this goofy looking, delicious squash. It is versatile and far more delicious than I’d ever dreamed. Roasting it is one of my all-time favorite side dishes to prepare but I also love making soup out of it! It has such a rich flavor and perfect texture every time.
For the longest time, when I’d make it I wouldn’t know what I should be serving along with it. I’ve since done much experimenting on the subject and have put together a yummy little roundup of ideas for you!
Keep reading for 23 delish ideas about what to serve with butternut squash soup so you can serve a complete meal.
FAQ About Butternut Squash
Butternut squash soup is a thick soup often enjoyed in the winter months that tastes very similar to pumpkin, except sweeter. It contains a nutty flavor with a smooth, creamy texture. A variety of herbs and flavors accompany it well, with its sweet yet rich flavor.
You can purchase butternut squash year round typically at most grocers. However, the main season you’ll find it taste best is early fall through winter.
Sweet potatoes, different from other potatoes, are labeled a root vegetable so they are similar to butternut squash in that way. Butternut squash is not in the same family as a sweet potato and are slightly healthier for you. They have less calories, sugar and have a lower glycemic index.
This winter squash is a good vegetable to enjoy and should not be avoided because of carbs. One half cup of butternut squash has 11 calories and should be enjoyed in moderation.
A butternut squash can be the main ingredient or it’s a wonderful side dish as well. It pairs well with a variety of soups, casseroles, lasagna, pasta and whole foods.
Yes, the similarities in the way you prepare these two foods make them easy to exchange into a recipe if you have one on hand and not the other. The additional ingredients used in a recipe would flavor them well.
Best Ways To Prepare Butternut Squash
- Turn it into a delicious, easy butternut squash soup recipe.
- Make this roasted butternut squash and apples recipe for the perfect side.
- Consider roasting and mashing them and using it in place of sweet potatoes in your next sweet potato casserole.
- Use equal parts mashed squash and mashed sweet potatoes as a replacement for pumpkin puree in your next pumpkin dish!
- Also consider replacing mashed squash for pumpkin puree in this delicious pumpkin mac and cheese recipe! Replace elbow macaroni with any type of pasta.
Recipe Notes for Butternut Squash Soup
- Try adding an extra 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper and a few cloves of garlic to this delicious soup. It’s tasty and the perfect kick to a favorite meal!
- Different versions of the soup call for different spices, including a combination of some of the following: cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper, marjoram, allspice, paprika, nutmeg and ginger.
- Replace the water and bouillon cubes with 3 cups of chicken stock or chicken broth, if desired.
- Replace the butter with 1/4 cup olive oil, if desired.
- Use an immersion blender to create a super smooth velvety soup.
- Replace the water and chicken bouillon with equal parts chicken broth, chicken stock, vegetable stock or vegetable broth.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. To extend the shelf life, let the soup cool first, then pour into doubled freezer bags and freeze for up to 4 months.
- To bulk up the soup, throw a can or two of beans into the mix! Great options include black beans or white beans.
- Drizzle maple syrup into the mixture just before serving to boost the sweetness.
- Top with any of the following just before serving: Parmesan cheese, brown sugar, lemon juice, a dollop of sour cream, sliced green onion, fresh herbs, ground cinnamon, thyme sprigs, goat cheese crumbles or a drizzle of heavy cream.
How To Cut a Squash
Don’t let this daunting orange vegetable intimidate you! It is far easier to cut than you might think! Follow these super easy step-by-step instructions to get into the flesh easily. You’ll have gobs of delicious squash flesh on your hands to cook with!
What To Serve With Butternut Squash Soup – Delicious Side Dishes
- A chopped, leafy green or Italian salad.
- Roasted veggies such as carrots, bell pepper, broccoli or onions.
- Kale chips or potato chips.
- Green vegetables such as asparagus, Brussels sprouts or green beans.
- Bread such as dinner rolls, bread sticks or a French baguette.
- Panini, grilled cheese or Reuben sandwiches.
- Baked potatoes or roasted potatoes.
- White rice, brown rice or wild rice.
- Pork chops or pork tenderloin.
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