Autumn and Thanksgiving will come and go, but we'll admit that we're still looking for ways to make the most of all the seasonal fall produce we can before winter sets in and they disappear from the store. While there are plenty of innovative recipes that put fall's bounty to good use, from autumnal salads filled with persimmons and cranberries to apple-topped pizzas that redefine the meaning of comfort food, we're partial to classic butternut squash soup recipes above all others.
To make the most of our farmers market favorite, we're rounding up recipes from our go-to foodies. Ranging from a creamy roasted butternut squash soup garnished with crispy pancetta to a hearty minestrone filled with seasonal greens, these recipes are too good to wait until next year to make. Trust us—you'll want to grab a ladle too after scrolling through.
Butternut Squash and Brie Soup With Crispy Pancetta
The Standout Ingredient: The brie. Most butternut squash recipes are creamy, but the addition of decadent brie cheese makes this soup extra indulgent.
The Pro Tip: "Roasting your squash and garlic instead of just simmering them on the stove allows the sweetness in the veggies to really come out and become caramelized," explains Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "The squash turns deep golden and becomes extra sweet, [adding an] extra layer of flavor that takes the soup to the next level."
Butternut Minestrone With Sage, Chickpeas, and Chard
The Standout Ingredient: The sage. This aromatic herb lends quintessential fall flavor to the otherwise untraditional take on butternut squash soup.
The Pro Tip: "I find that when adding pasta to soups, it's important to stir frequently because it can start sticking to the bottom of the pot if you leave it too long," advises Laura of The First Mess.
Curried Butternut Squash Soup
The Recipe: Curried Butternut Squash Soup
The Standout Ingredient: The curry powder. When paired with creamy coconut milk, spicy chili garlic paste, and sweet maple syrup, the curry powder shines.
The Pro Tip: "This soup is ideal for evenings when you want something simple and healthy," says Dana of Minimalist Baker. "Make a batch ahead of time to have on hand for the coming week."
Moroccan Butternut Squash Soup With Coconut Ginger Cream
The Standout Ingredient: The coconut ginger cream, which perfectly balances out the spiciness of the curry powder, the smoked paprika, and the cayenne pepper.
The Pro Tip: This soup is "easy to cook, and there is a good chance you have all the ingredients on hand, in your very own kitchen, right now," says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. All you need are "everyday spices, butternut squash, a little coconut milk, veggie broth, and some goat cheese."