Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup


This is by far the best butternut squash soup ever, with the help of those crisp bacon bits blended right into the soup!

Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup - By far the best butternut squash soup ever, with the help of those crisp bacon bits blended right into the soup!

I hope it’s not too late to still enjoy a piping hot bowl of the coziest butternut squash soup ever.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup - By far the best butternut squash soup ever, with the help of those crisp bacon bits blended right into the soup!

Now I’ve made and tried quit a bit of butternut squash soups in the day but I could honestly say that nothing tops this one here. Seriously.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup - By far the best butternut squash soup ever, with the help of those crisp bacon bits blended right into the soup!

The secret is simple but very crucial to make this soup what it is is. It’s the process of roasting the butternut squash with bacon, and then blending them right up. That way, you have that smoky bacon goodness built right into the soup.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup - By far the best butternut squash soup ever, with the help of those crisp bacon bits blended right into the soup!

And the garnishes – the creamy notes of goat cheese and that extra crisp bacon right on top. Yes, you certainly can’t forget about those!

Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup

By far the best butternut squash soup ever, with the help of those crisp bacon bits blended right into the soup!

Ingredients:

  • 1 butternut squash (about 3 pounds), peeled, seeded and cut in 1-inch chunks
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the soup

  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock, or more, to taste
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
  2. Place butternut squash, onion, bell pepper and bacon in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Add olive oil and garlic; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Gently toss to combine.
  3. Place into oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until butternut squash is tender, stirring at halftime.*
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  5. Heat a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add butternut squash mixture and thyme, and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in chicken stock and puree with an immersion blender.
  6. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5-10 minutes. If the soup is too thick, add more chicken stock as needed until desired consistency is reached.
  7. Serve immediately, garnished with bacon, goat cheese and chives, if desired.

*Baking time may need to be adjusted depending on the size of the squash.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 297.7 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18.0g 28%
Saturated Fat 5.6g 28%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 15.3mg 5%
Sodium 76.6mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 32.4g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4.2g 17%
Sugars 7.5g
Protein 6.3g 13%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.