Curried Butternut Squash Soup Recipe: An Elegant and Easy First Course

Updated on July 20, 2015

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Looking for a perfect first course for your Thanksgiving dinner or fall dinner party? Add an elegant touch and an unexpected taste with this new take on a traditional autumn soup. I use vegetables from my garden for the dish, making it a true celebration of the harvest, as the first Thanksgiving was intended to be. The addition of curry powder and fresh ginger takes the soup to a new level of sophistication.

It's a beautiful dish, and beautifully simple, too. I offer time saving tips and do-ahead suggestions to make it come off with ease. Serve the soup in white bowls to highlight the stunning golden color and add a pop of green by using chives as a garnish.

Butternut squash
Butternut squash


1 large butternut squash, halved lengthwise and seeded

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 large leeks (white part only), chopped

1 tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger

2 tablespoons curry powder

6 cups chicken stock, divided use

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon chopped chives


Butternut squash after roasting
Butternut squash after roasting
An elegant start to your Thanksgiving dinner
An elegant start to your Thanksgiving dinner

Preheat oven to 400° F. Place squash cut side down on an oiled baking sheet. (Tip: use parchment paper for easier clean up.) Bake for one hour. Let cool, then scoop the pulp from the skin with a spoon and discard the skin. Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Refrigerate the pulp in an air-tight container until ready to use.

Melt butter in soup pot over medium-low heat. Add leeks and ginger and cook until tender but not browned, about 10 minutes. Add curry powder and cook another minute, stirring constantly. Add squash and 5 cups chicken stock. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then turn the heat down and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally and breaking up the squash with a spoon. Remove from the heat and let cool to below scalding.

When soup is cool enough, puree it in the pot until creamy using an immersion blender (see note below). Thin pureed soup as needed with remaining chicken stock, add salt, and heat through.

Ladle into warmed bowls and garnish each bowl with 1/2 teaspoon chopped chives.

Serves 6 as a first course.

Wine Pairing

A Viognier or Gewurztraminer pairs well with the spiciness of the curry and the creamy sweetness of the squash.

A kitchen timesaver: the immersion blender

One thing that makes this recipe so easy is the use of an immersion blender (also known as a stick blender) to puree the soup. Without one, you will need to transfer the soup, in batches, to a stand blender or food processor to puree. This creates more mess and more dishes to clean in the process. An immersion blender allows you to puree the soup right in the pot.

An immersion blender isn't just for making soup. It can be used to blend batters, mix beverages, and make smoothies. Many models come with attachments like whisks, chopper bowls, and drink beakers. Some models have removable shafts that can go in the dishwasher. Basic one-speed, single piece models are available for less than $20.

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        Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

        Thanks, Taeches, Mary, and Specialk. This soup is one of my old favorites. I've been making it for many years. I appreciate the comments, votes, and shares. Enjoy!

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        Karen Metz 5 years ago from Michigan

        Thanks for the recipe! I love squash and can't wait to try this. Thanks again!

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        Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

        I'll bet this is delicious....I'll let you know how my family likes it. We all love squash, so I know we will.

        I can see why this Hub got HOTD. Great job. I voted it UP, 5 stars, shared, Pinned and Tweeted.

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        Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

        This is a very elegant soup to serve to guests. I love squash and this flavor would add a sweet treat to the dish. Voted up.

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        Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

        Awesome, Denise! Thanks for the report back.

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        Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

        I just finished cooking up my pot of soup and it turned out GREAT! It was my first attempt at a butternut squash soup recipe and it was so easy to follow your instructions. I'm very pleased with the results and can hardly wait for dinner. :)

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        Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

        Thanks, Peanutritious. The color of the soup is so beautiful for an autumn meal. The curry and ginger add just the right kick to enhance the natural sweetness of the squash. Enjoy.

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        Tara Carbery 5 years ago from Cheshire, UK

        I love butternut squash and pumpkin. The flavour and colour is wonderful. Can't wait to try this with the extra kick from curry and ginger. Yum!

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        Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

        Thanks, Denise. This is one of my tried and true recipes. I've been making it for years.

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        Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

        Oh, I'm so glad, Julie! Thanks for the feedback.

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        Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks! I have a squash that I intend to make soup with and this is just the ticket! I was looking for a good recipe. Rated up/U/A

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        Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

        Deb, tried this recently and it did not disappoint - absolutely yummy and the whole family loved it. Definitely one of my regular soups from now on, thanks :o)

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        Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

        Thanks for reading and commenting, Nell and Curiad!

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        Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

        Have to try this one !

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        Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

        I hate to admit that I have never tried squash! lol! so this is a good place to start, thanks! voted up and tweeted!

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        Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

        Thanks for reading and commenting, Robie. I think the ginger really adds a nice element to the soup. I hope you do give it a try.

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        Robie Benve 5 years ago from Ohio

        That looks yummy! I made a similar dish once, but with jack-o-lantern pumpkin and without ginger, and my family loved it. Have to try yours too. :)

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        Deborah Neyens 6 years ago from Iowa

        Thanks, jools! If you try it, let me know what you think. Cheers.

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        Jools99 6 years ago from North-East UK

        This is a great recipe. I have only ever had butternut squash once. I will give this a try next weekend. I love curry flavours so I am sure I will enjoy this.

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        Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

        For an onion they really are. 4 of them in a bundle costs $3. But they are good! Good idea to grow them. They did not make it thru the drought in my garden.

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        Deborah Neyens 6 years ago from Iowa

        I never think of leeks as expensive, since I can pull them right out of my garden, but I do sometimes substitute onions when I run out of leeks.

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        Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

        I got to make this wonderful soup today. Great recipe. I also incorporated a hub with a less expensive variation on your soup in a recipe series that davenmidtown and I started today. You might want to check it out. The less expensive version can never be as good as yours, because leeks impart such a good flavor. But I only provided my recommended substitutions, they will stll have to come here to get the recipe, so the backlinks will help you. Great recipe.

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        SanneL 6 years ago from Sweden

        This soup sounds so delish and you just opened up my appetite!

        I believe the ginger and the curry gives this soup a nice boost.

        Thanks for sharing,


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        diane sing 6 years ago from Madison, WI

        Great Recipe. Looks very easy to prepare and doesn't require too much equipment. I am trying it out today. Thanks for sharing.

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        Hillbilly Zen 6 years ago from Kentucky

        No wonder this was Hub of the Day -what a fantastic recipe and skillfully written narration! I'll definitely have to try this...right after I get Ms. Lizzy's goat off my stairs ;) Congratulations, Ms. Deborah, and thanks for sharing this.

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        Snurre 6 years ago

        Excellent recipe! Will definitely give it a go. Congrats on being hub of the day!

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        Carrie Smith 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

        Congratulations on being the hub of the day. Your ideas and photos are really great. My stepmom loves anything butternut squash so I will be passing this along to her!

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        Frannie Dee 6 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb

        This sounds wonderful, will try. Thanks!

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        johncimble 6 years ago from Bangkok

        wish i had some now! thanks for sharing :)

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        Tony Fischer 6 years ago from Southeastern Michigan

        We have been talking a lot about butternut squash soup lately and this seems to be a great recipe to try.

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        ladybluewriter 6 years ago from United States

        All I got to say is you are making me hungry. I love Butternut squash. Thanks for the recipe on how to make this.

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        Nadine M AuCoin 6 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

        Yummy!!! This not only looks delicious, it sounds delicious!! I just know it has to be!!! very very well written, I cannot wait to make this delightful looking and sounding great recipe--thank you so very much for sharing it--I absolutely love butternut squash!!!

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        JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

        Congrats on the Hub of the Day! I love curry (I wrote a Hub on making 3 different Cambodian Curries) and this is another great way to enjoy it! Nice job! Voting up and sharing.


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        Barbara Bethard 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

        WOW Hub of the Day! Congratulations! I love butternut squash and this recipe sounds wonderful however I don't think it is going to wait for Turkey Day! :)

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Congratulations on being named Hub of the Day! Your colorful and artistic presentation of this delicious sounding soup made it a perfect selection. My family loves butternut squash, and this soup looks like something that would please them. I'll bet it would freeze well, too, for those like myself who can't seem to cook in smaller quantities. Voted up!

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        Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

        Congrats on Hub of the Day! Well-written instructions, great photos! I can almost smell it cooking!

        For myself, however, I'd make my usual substitutions to create a vegetarian version--using vegetable boullion--but otherwise, I think it sounds wonderful!

        I don't own an immersion blender--it's not in the budget--but I think the old hand-crank food mill would serve the purpose as well, and in a single batch, by perching it over another large pot. ;-)

        I love cats, so I don't like using the usual 'more than one way....' I'm going to say instead, "there's more than one way to get a goat off the stairs." ;-)

        Voted up, interesting, beautiful, and bookmarked....still wishing for a 'delicious' button....


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        Arlene V. Poma 6 years ago

        Congratulations on "Hub of the Day". Like I've said before--you are on a roll, Deborah, so keep writing. I had butternut ravioli last month for the first time, and it was delightful. I'm sure this soup is the same. I'm not too crazy about curry, but I could give it a try. I got rid of my immersion blender decades ago. I made such a mess in the kitchen. Don't ask me how I can do this, but it was enough for me to donate it to Goodwill.

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        Deborah Neyens 6 years ago from Iowa

        Thanks for reading and commenting, everyone. If you try the recipe, would love to hear your feedback.

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        Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Just back to say congrats on getting Hub of the Day!

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        A.CreativeThinker 6 years ago

        This looks like a very tasty and elegant soup. I love Butternut Squash. Thanks for sharing and giving me another idea to try for squash. Congratulations on "Hub of the Day"! Take Care. :)



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        dinkan53 6 years ago from India

        Surely going to try this. I only saw butternut squash in vegetable shops and super markets, don't even think about bringing it to kitchen and cook it, as i was unaware of some kind of recipe to make it. I m going to grab one of the butternut squash on my next possible opportunity and bookmarking this hub for the future reference. Thanks for sharing and rating it up^^^^^^^

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        SJmorningsun25 6 years ago

        Looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing. Congrats on the Hub of the Day--a lovely fall treat for a lovely fall day! Voted up.

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        c1234rystal 6 years ago

        This looks incredibly delicious and makes me really sad that I don't have an oven right now. Maybe I could try boiling the squash, but then it wouldn't have the nice roasted flavor...

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        RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

        How good this looks. Thanks much for sharing the recipe--I'm looking forward to trying it soon--and for reminding me that I want one of those immersion blenders!

        Congrats on Hub of the Day--what a delightful pick!

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        Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

        This is a delicious sounding soup and eye appealing as well. Thanks for the recipe. We love our immersion blender and use it frequently.

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        Zach 6 years ago from Colorado

        I've never really tried cooking with Butternut Squash because it's mainly used in sweet recipes involving brown sugar and butter. This however is right up the savory side of squash. Thanks for the recipe and congrats on Hub of the Day!

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        Cynthia B Turner 6 years ago from Georgia

        I've never tried butternut squash. I will now. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Congrats on Hub of the Day!

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        Dora Weithers 6 years ago from The Caribbean

        Beautiful! Butternut is my favorite squash, and I make a very good soup from it. This is a welcome upgrade. Will definitely try it. Thanks!

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        Marissa 6 years ago from United States

        I've always wanted to try a butternut squash soup. This seems easy enough and delicious. I might ask for an immersion blender for Christmas too...;) Congrats on having the Hub of the Day!

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        Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

        I have this one bookmarked! It's still as beautiful as it was the first time looked at it!

        Congrats on the hub of the day!

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        Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

        This soup sounds absolutely delicious and looks beautiful. I love the color and the fact that you add ginger to it. And you're right; it would be a wonderful start to an elegant Thanksgiving meal. Congratulations on hub of the day.

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        Carolus 6 years ago from USA /Portugal

        Looks like a great recipe!

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        Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

        This recipe looks simple and I do love curry, so...I'm planning on giving it a try. Looks great! Congratulations on your Hub of the Day.

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        Moon Daisy 6 years ago from London

        This looks so lovely, and I think I could manage to make it! And I have a stick blender. This will give me a good reason to actually use it. :)

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        Donna Cosmato 6 years ago from USA

        This sounds yummy and looks like it would be an elegant addition to any dinner. The pictures are gorgeous and just whetted my appetite. Enjoying this soup may just get to be a new holiday tradition for our family. Thank you for sharing this.

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        asmaiftikhar 6 years ago from Pakistan

        Tasty recipe thanks a lot for sharing this unique and full of benefits recipe.

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        cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

        Your recipe is very simple and sounds delicious. I'm not a fan of curry but I still think I'll give it a try. Thanks for another great recipe and congrats on having the hub of the day!

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        Brenda Trott, M.Ed 6 years ago from Houston, TX

        My stomach starts to growl when I read your hubs. I'm going to be putting this one on the Thanks Giving table this year. Thanks for posting.

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        Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

        This is an elegant dish indeed, and that the ingredients come from your garden must make it taste even better! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

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        Farmer Brown 6 years ago

        Thank you for the perfect recipe for our holiday gatherings!

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        Deborah Neyens 6 years ago from Iowa

        Thanks to you all for your comments. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my recipe. My friend recently asked me for the recipe and I decided that instead of just emailing it to her, I'd write a hub about it. It's such a great fall soup and beautiful, too.

        Bobri, I'll be looking for your recipe!

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        Bobri Dobri 6 years ago from Oklahoma

        Very insteresting recipe. First photo is really elegant! I cook similar curried soup, but with zuccini instead of squash and with addition of potatoes and cream :) I'm going to publish my recipe soon.

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        Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        I've seen immersion blenders but have never used one before. Thanks for the info! This soup looks amazing.

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        Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

        Hi Deborah, thanks for sharing this really beautiful and elegant soup recipe. I think the curry powder would give it a nice kick. Bookmarking and voting up :-)

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        jenubouka 6 years ago

        In one of the restaurants I ran, this soup was a staple during the fall months, great recipe!

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        princesswithapen 6 years ago

        What a great soup idea! Very useful and thanks for sharing this recipe, Deborah.


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        FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

        I love butternut squash soup. I've never had it curried before.

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        Shelly McRae 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

        The combination of curry and ginger with the squash sounds delicious. A great soup for chilly winter evenings. Lovely hub.

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        India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

        I just want to stair into this bowl of curried squash soup it so beautiful! Anything with curry has my attention and this recipe has a most vibrant color! Your photos . I also enjoyed how clearly written guide. I agree with you, an immersion blender is a priceless time saver!

        Thanks for sharing your recipe.



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        Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

        That is truly a beautiful dish! And it sounds so yummy. I don't think I've ever cooked a butternut squash. I like curry and ginger, so I'm bookmarking this one to try once it cools off a little here. Looking forward to it. voted up useful and beautiful.