This creamy vegan butternut squash soup is a fall favorite! It's gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free, but so creamy and delicious you won’t be able to get enough! Easy to make in your instant pot or slow cooker too!
I haven’t met anyone yet that doesn’t love this soup. This soup even won over my husband who previously thought that he hated squash.
❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
- You only need a few basic ingredients.
- It's packed with nutrients! There's over 200% of your RDA of vitamin A!
- You can make a big pot for only about $2.00 when squash is in season.
- It's rich, creamy, slightly sweet, and savory.
- Kids love this soup and eat bowl after bowl!
- Perfect for Fall or your vegan Thanksgiving Feast!
🧾 Ingredients and substitutions
- Butternut Squash - the classic light orange squash you see in most stores in the fall. You could also use any other winter squash like Hubbard, acorn, buttercup or even pumpkin is you wish.
- Onion - for flavor.
- Oil - to saute the onion.
- Broth - to flavor the squash as it cooks. (You can also use water and extra salt if you don't have any soup broth).
- Plant-Based Milk - to make it creamy. I like soy milk, but you can use any plain flavored milk or a can of coconut milk for a richer soup.
- Sage - or poltery seasoning for flavor.
- Salt and Pepper - for flavor.
- Vegan Sour Cream - to make it creamier and to swirl in to look pretty. You can buy vegan sour cream or easily make your own vegan sour cream with tofu.
🔪 Helpful tools
- Immersion Blender - a metal immersion blender aka stick blender is the best tool for this soup, but if you don't have one, you can transfer the soup in small batches to a blender to puree it. Just be very careful to not overfill the blender and allow hot liquid to leak out when you turn it on.
The trickiest part of making this soup is peeling and cutting the squash. Since it is very hard, I cook the squash with the skin on first to make it soft and easier to work with. You can do this in 2 ways, steam it in an Instant Pot with a little water in the bottom for 8 minutes or bake it in the oven at 300 F for about 30 minutes. Either way works well to soften it and make it very easy to peel and cut.
- To make the soup, simply sauté onion in some oil on low for about 5-7 minutes until the onions become translucent.
- Add spices, vegan broth, and peeled and cubed squash. (I like the Not Chick'n cubes to give it a wonderful savory flavor, but you can use and vegetable broth or just more salt).
- Then boil the squash in the broth until it becomes very soft. (The time will vary depending on the how much the squash softened when you heated it before cutting and the size of the cubes, but it's usually about 10-15 minutes for me).
- Add your choice of plain plant-based milk or a can of coconut milk and purée with an immersion blender.
👩🏻🍳 Pro tips
- If you have a smaller squash, reduce the broth to use enough to just barely cover the squash cubes.
- Use a metal stick blender to puree hot soups right in the pot. It's the safest and easiest to make creamy soups.
- You can also transfer it in small amounts to a blender – make sure to be careful not to overfill the blender or it could spill out and burn you.
- You can throw your squash in the oven earlier in the day when you have time. It will stay fine for hours until you are ready to make your soup.
- Buy butternut squash very inexpensively in the fall and store in a cool place like your basement. They will keep for months!
- This soup tastes great the next day too! Make it ahead and have it ready to heat and serve.
- Turn this soup into a meal with some homemade vegan focaccia bread or vegan Cheddar Bay biscuits!
🌟 Instant pot instructions
- Put a small amount of water in the bottom of the instant pot with the steaming rack.
- Place the whole unpeeled squash in the Instant Pot and set to high for a minute then release the pressure. It will now be soft to peel and cube.
- Saute the onions in oil in the pot then add the broth and cubed squash.
- Put on the lid and set to high pressure for 3 minutes.
- Allow the pressure to release on its own, then add plant-based milk and puree in the pot with an immersion blender.
📖 Crock pot instructions
- Peel and cube the squash according to the above instructions.
- Put all of the ingredients into the Crock-Pot except for the plant-based milk and set to high for 4 hours or set to low for 6 hours.
- When you are ready to eat, add the plant-based milk and puree with an immersion blender.
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Creamy gluten-free, vegan butternut squash soup!
- 1 large butternut squash or about 4 cups squash cubed
- 1 tbsp olive oil optional
- 1 medium onion
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp sage or poultry seasoning
- 3-4 cups water (or vegetable broth if not using a bouillon cube)
- 1 Not Chick’n bullion cubes
- 1 1/2 cups PLAIN soy milk or any PLAIN plant-based milk (or a can of coconut milk for extra rich and creamy soup).
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup vegan sour cream for swirling in on top.
Precook squash to soften. (Place in oven at 300°F (150°C) for 30 min. Or cook in an instant pot on steam for 8 minutes)
Peel and cut the squash into about 1-inch cubes.
Dice onion and sauté on low heat in the saucepan in the olive oil.
Sprinkle with salt and herbs and sauté slowly until translucent.
Add the water and broth cube (or vegetable broth) and the diced squash. (Use just enough broth to barely cover the squash).
Simmer for about 15 minutes until the squash is very soft. (This will vary depending on how much you precooked the squash and the size of the cubes that you cut it into).
Add plant-based milk of choice like plain soy milk or a can of coconut milk.
Puree with an immersion blender until very smooth and creamy.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with vegan sour cream and fresh ground pepper. (optional)
- If you don’t have an immersion blender, transfer to a blender in small amounts and blend – be careful not to overfill or contents can overflow and burn you.
- Reduce the broth slightly for a thicker soup or increase the broth for a thinner soup.
- The amount of broth needed may vary depending on the size of your squash.
*Updated on 10/9/19 with new images.
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