This Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Feta is not your average comfort food. An easy, creamy bowl of goodness, this soup is a nutritional powerhouse, perfect for fall and winter. We take things up a notch by roasting the veggies to caramelized perfection in the oven. But wait, there’s more! We top it off with feta crisps, creating a symphony of tastes and textures that’s practically otherworldly.

Two bowls of roasted butternut squash soup topped with feta crisps.

Benefits of Roasting Butternut Squash

Forget the stovetop standard; we’re taking butternut squash soup to a whole new level! While stovetop versions are undeniably tasty, roasting the squash and its veggie companions is a game-changer..

No matter how you prepare it, butternut squash is full of health benefits and can support eye health, boost immunity, improve bone health, and support digestion. Plus, roasting it can: 

  • Enhance the Flavor – The roasting process helps deepen the flavors and caramelizes the sugars in the squash, creating a sweet and savory taste.
  • Make Preparation Easy – Roasting makes the squash super soft, meaning it’s way easier to blend. 

Ingredient Notes

The feta crisps are technically optional but we highly recommended them to take this recipe to the next level! 

Butternut Squash Soup

  • Butternut Squash – Look for squash that is beige or light orange in color, has smooth, firm skin, and is free from bruises or blemishes. Or, save time, and use pre-chopped squash instead! 
  • Garlic – Make sure to use a whole bulb of garlic.
    Olive Oil – We prefer the strong flavor of olive oil, but avocado oil will also work. 
  • Kosher Salt – Adjust to taste. 
  • Herbs – We opt for sage leaves, but any herb you have on hand will taste great. 
  • Feta – Use a block of full-fat feta cheese, not crumbles. 
  • Vegetable Broth – Look for a low-sodium variety. Chicken broth can be substituted. 
  • Honey – Swap with brown sugar, if desired. 

Feta Crisps

  • Feta – Use feta crumbles, not a block of feta for this topping. 
  • Za’atar Seasoning – This adds a savory, tangy taste we adore. 

Elevate Your Comfort Food with Step-By-Step Instructions for Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

For the Soup

  • Season. Add the oil, squash, salt, and dried (NOT fresh) herbs to a braiser pan or oven-safe cookware such as a Dutch oven. Toss to combine and coat. Then, place the feta in the middle, and nestle the garlic cut side down next to it. 
  • Cook. Cover the dish, and bake in a preheated oven until the squash is caramelized and fork-tender. 
  • Add the remaining ingredients. Squeeze the garlic cloves into the pot, and add the remaining ingredients. 
  • Blend. Transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor. Or, use an immersion blender to purée the ingredients until smooth and creamy. 
  • Season. Adjust the seasonings to taste. 

For the Topping

  • Combine. Add the feta and za’atar to a bowl, and toss to combine. 
  • Bake. Spoon tablespoons of the cheese mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a slipmat. Use the back of a spoon to flatten gently. Transfer the cheese to a preheated oven, and bake until it’s golden in color and the edges are browned. 
  • Cool. Allow the cheese to cool and solidify on the baking sheet, and add them to your bowls of soup just before serving. 

Serving Suggestions

Our easy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup recipe is the star of the show and can be relished as a complete, plant-based meal all on its own. Or, enjoy it with a turkey caprese sandwich, a chickpea chicken salad wrap, a fall harvest salad, or chicken drumsticks and potatoes.  

And don’t forget to include a side of pita bread or no knead olive focaccia bread

A spoon scooping a bite of roasted butternut squash soup with feta crisps.

How to Store, Freeze, and Reheat

If you have leftovers or plan on making this recipe ahead of time, we highly recommend making a fresh batch of feta crisps just before serving. Otherwise, they’re likely to become soggy. 

  • Store: Once cooled, leftover soup can be transferred to an airtight container and kept in the fridge for up to four to five days. 
  • Freeze: Keep your butternut squash soup in the freezer for up to three months. For easy meals, we love to freeze it in soup cube trays. Then, pop them into a sealable bag, and you can easily pull out a cube or two to reheat for single-serve meals! 
  • Reheat: Warm individual portions in the microwave. Or, heat a large batch in a pot over medium heat on the stove. 

Common Questions About This Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Does butternut squash need to be peeled for soup? 

The skin is edible, but we recommend peeling your squash before roasting it to create a silky-smooth soup. 

Why is my roasted butternut squash mushy?

Squash tends to become a bit mushy when roasted, but this is what we want! It makes it easy to blend into a creamy soup. 

What does roasted butternut squash taste like? 

Roasted butternut squash has a unique flavor that is often described as being earthy, nutty, and slightly sweet. 

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Two bowls of roasted butternut squash topped with feta crisps.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Make this easy roasted butternut squash soup with feta crisps for a filling, nutritious, comfort food you’ll never get bored of eating!

Ingredients  

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 5 cups butternut squash cubed (about 1 medium butternut squash) or 2 (12-ounce) bags of frozen butternut squash
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 sage leaves or 1 teaspoon of herb of choice
  • 1/2 bulb garlic bottom half only
  • 1 (8 ounce) feta block
  • 2 Tablespoons honey or brown sugar
  • 1 quart (32 ounces) vegetable broth

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204 degrees Celsius).
  • In a braiser pan or oven-safe cookware like a Dutch oven, add the extra virgin olive oil, butternut squash, salt, and the dried herbs if using — if using fresh herbs, reserve for later, and toss to coat. Place the feta chunk in the middle of the pot, and nestle the bulb of garlic (cut side down) next to it. Bake, covered for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the squash is fork-tender.
    1/3 cup olive oil, 5 cups butternut squash, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 4 sage leaves or 1 teaspoon of herb of choice, 1/2 bulb garlic, 1 (8 ounce) feta block
  • Remove the pot from the oven, and take out the roasted garlic bulb. Carefully squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out into the pot. Add the honey, veggie broth, and the fresh herbs if using them.
    2 Tablespoons honey or brown sugar, 1 quart (32 ounces) vegetable broth
  • Use a blender, food processor, or a handheld immersion blender to blend the ingredients into a smooth purée.
  • Taste and season with more salt, if desired.
  • Top with feta cheese crisps just before serving. (See recipe below)

Equipment

Notes

Feta Crisps Recipe:
Ingredients:
  • 4 ounces feta cheese crumbles
Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204 degrees Celsius). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a slipmat, and set aside. 
  2. In a small bowl, combine the feta cheese crumbles and za’atar, tossing gently to coat and combine. 
  3. Spoon heaping tablespoons of the cheese mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Gently flatten with the back of a spoon. 
  4. Bake the cheese crisps for 6 to 8 minutes or until they achieve a golden color with slightly browned edges.
  5. Once done, remove the crisps from the oven, and let them cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before serving.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 437kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 1707mg | Potassium: 671mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 19325IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 371mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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