Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple Soup {vegan and gluten-free}

Thank you SO much for all of your sweet comments yesterday. I feel beyond lucky to have such an amazing man in my life. He’s definitely a keeper! ;)

I started looking into venues and it turns out my first choice is booked up so things are already starting to get interesting. I’m going to do my best to keep up with the blog in between all of the wedding madness but don’t worry about me if I start typing a bunch of jibberish on here that doesn’t make any sense. Not much will have changed anyway, right?

Okay, enough about me; let’s talk about soup. Can you believe I have soup {and salad} on the meal plan 4 days this week? Apparently I like to keep things exciting in my kitchen.

Can you guess where this inspiration for this soup came from?

Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple Soup

Okay fine, I’ll tell you. I know you can’t stand the anticipation anymore.

It was Whole Foods. I know, shocker.

I tried a similar version of this soup there last year and immediately fell in love with it. The rich texture from the creamy butternut squash paired with flavors from roasted Honeycrisp apples, onions, and garlic make for one seriously comforting meal.

apples butternut squash

Whole Foods uses heavy cream in their recipe which tastes delicious but leaves me with a mean belly ache afterward. When I recreated it, I used Greek yogurt* to lighten it up some and my stomach was much happier.

Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple Soup

I’ve probably made this soup over five times since I first tried it so that should tell you how much we love it. Actually, I don’t think I’ll be able to let another fall pass me by without making it again.


Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple Soup

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  • 5 cups butternut squash, diced into 1 inch squares (approx. one large squash)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 apples, peeled and diced (I used honeycrisp)
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (*update: I later tried this soup with 1/4 cup unsweetened plain coconut milk instead of Greek yogurt and I now prefer it instead of yogurt)

Makes 6 servings


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and combine squash, onion, carrot, apples and garlic in a large roasting pan or greased baking dish. Then coat with the olive oil, salt and pepper and bake in the oven for 45 minutes.
  2. Remove from oven and place into a blender with one cup of the vegetable broth. Alternatively, you can place it into a large pot with all of the vegetable broth and use an immersion blender. Blend until a thick, yet smooth texture is achieved.
  3. Add the mixture to the pot with the remaining vegetable broth and milk then bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce to a simmer and allow to cook for about 15 more minutes, then serve warm.

Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple Soup

It’s like diving into a big bowl of fall! Without the leaves.


What’s your favorite butternut squash recipe?

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  • Lisa October 7, 2013, 9:25 pm

    Another amazing looking recipe!
    I am all over the soups these days, in fact I just had a bowl for Dinner…and I definitely will be saving this one. You know I’m all about the squash this time of year. As are most people…
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  • Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli October 7, 2013, 10:34 pm

    Looks amazing! I’ve been seeing a lot of different variations on this soup combo…I’m not normally a pureed soup kind of person, but I’m thinking I could definitely get behind this (or IN it) with a good loaf of crusty seedy bread! Yum!

    Bummer of the booked venue, but of course that just means there’s probably one out there that will end up being 10 times better! :)
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  • Amy @ The Little Honey Bee October 8, 2013, 12:58 am

    Thank you for this recipe! I made an icky butternut squash soup this weekend haha. It was sooo flavorless yuck!
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  • Christine @ Gotta Eat Green October 8, 2013, 2:18 am

    I have a butternut squash sitting on my counter right now.. just begging to be used. I made a soup kind of like this but I used a granny smith apple; it turned out great! This is such an easy recipe that looks foolproof! Can’t wait to try it out :).
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  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 8, 2013, 2:36 am

    I’ve been craving soups like -crazy- lately! I don’t think I’ve ever had butternut, but I’ve gone the pumpkin and apple route and really loved it. As for my favourite butternut recipe, usually I just end up slicing it open, roasting it up, and slathering it with either almond or coconut butter. Simple but delicious :)
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  • Ashley October 8, 2013, 3:01 am

    This soup sounds so good! I love the combination of butternut squash and apples (both of which I can’t get enough of lately). We’ve had soup on the menu a lot lately too – I think I’ve already had it two times this week for dinner!
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  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies October 8, 2013, 3:28 am

    When I lived in a dorm in college, I ate soup at least once every day. Safe to say I’m jealous of your 4 days of soup. My mom just dropped off 3 half bushels of apples, so you know I’ll be making this soup. If you have any other apple recipes, throw them my way — I’m going to need them!
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  • Carly @ Snack Therapy October 8, 2013, 5:11 am

    You’d better give us some wedding updates on here. I can’t wait to hear how all of your planning goes!

    In other news, this soup is probably the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen. Absolutely gorgeous. I’d probably do just about anything to have a steaming bowl of this waiting for me at home tonight.
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  • Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food October 8, 2013, 5:41 am

    This looks so good! I love butternut squash (especially in soup form). I also love it roasted!
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  • Angela @ Health's Angel October 8, 2013, 5:59 am

    This looks great! I’m definitely starting to crave soups now that things are cooling off around here. It was in the 40s this morning…
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    • Sarah October 9, 2013, 12:39 pm

      Wow, that’s cold! It’s only been in the 50’s here in the morning and I thought that was chilly.

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles October 8, 2013, 6:22 am

    Our weather over here has finally cooled down a bit, so I’m starting to crave soup all the time. I’ve actually got a soup recipe going up on Thursday that I think will be going down as my new favourite!
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  • Kelly @ Femme Fitale October 8, 2013, 6:27 am

    Yum! This looks awesome. I love the apple addition to offset the savoury side of things. I also think my little guy would love this, too! Anything that the two of us can eat for lunch makes life a lot easier :)
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  • Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} October 8, 2013, 7:24 am

    I love getting inspiration from Whole Foods! There is seriously no shortage of it. This looks like such a perfect fall soup – I am definitely all about the butternut squash right now!
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  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl October 8, 2013, 8:02 am

    Yum!! I actually just made butternut squash and apple chili on Sunday which turned out really yummy…I love that combo!
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  • Sara @ Fit.Fun.Femme October 8, 2013, 9:38 am

    OHMYGOODNESS wedding planning is fun/nuts/hard. My old married lady advice (not that you asked for it) is to do what you two want. Everyone in your families will have a million opinions. Make yourselves happy and everything will be just perfect – forget everyone else :).

    Moving on to soup :). YES YES YES! This looks incredibly yummy and it’s just starting to cool down in Atlanta so I’m totally in soup mode….we’re having some tonight! You are a recipe goddess!

  • Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ October 8, 2013, 9:51 am

    A combo I’ve never heard of before. Unusual and interesting, looking forward to trying it out!
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  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) October 8, 2013, 10:15 am

    This looks delicious. I used to be obsessed with butternut squash soups. I’ve toned down my obsession to making 1 butternut squash soup only once a month during the fall and winter. I’ll definitely be making this!
    I really loved this recipe for butternut squash soup: it’d probably hurt your stomach w/ the cream but it’s a very small amount. :)
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  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven October 8, 2013, 11:05 am

    Is it not normal to eat soup for most meals of the week? Once the cool weather sets in that ALL I eat. Last week was butternut squash soup for lunch 5 days in row! I love mine with tons of ginger. Next time I’ll add apple though!

    Still so freaking excited about the engagement…and I’m not even the one getting married!!!
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  • Becky @ Olives n Wine October 8, 2013, 2:08 pm

    This time of year I want soup for every meal – love that it’s on your meal plan 4 times :) As for wedding venues, don’t worry that your #1 pick was booked, the venue you end up selecting will be perfect!
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  • Alexis @ Hummusapien October 8, 2013, 6:38 pm

    Love the Greek yogurt addition! I recently made a butternut soup with apples and it was phenom. Totally making this one next :)

  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats October 8, 2013, 9:42 pm

    Yum as always you’ve outdone yourself!! :)

    Shame your wedding venue isn’t free but hopefully you can find something you love just as much. Hopefully you’ve got pinterest working over time for you! Can’t wait to hear all the details of what you decide.
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  • Nicole @ FruitnFitness October 9, 2013, 5:16 am

    Oh this sounds good! I made a butternut and acorn squash soup this past weekend, I should have thought to add an apple too. I’m sure the apple pairs really well with the squash. As for the wedding, im sure it will be special wherever your able to have it, it’s the person who is going to be there with you that matters most.
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  • Maria@TheBrooklynFig October 9, 2013, 3:16 pm

    Sooo super excited for you! Can’t wait to hear all about your wedding planning.
    Now about this soup :) looks really good- I love the addition of the apples to the standard butternut squash- so fall!
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