Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Ok, I’ll admit it, scouring the internet and cook books looking for a roasted butternut squash soup Vitamix recipe had never really crossed my mind, and would not have seemed to be a fun way to spend a few minutes on an otherwise quiet Saturday afternoon.  But after receiving a most generous gift from family members recently, a Vitamix high performance blender, I had a pretty quick change of heart.

A few Vitamix models have a soup mode, where the blender actually heats up the ingredients due to the high speed friction created by the blades.  Well, this sounded too good to be true, so what better way to break my new kitchen toy in than by making a soup for my wife, who has been asking for roasted butternut squash soup for quite a few years, to no avail.

Food For Thought

roasted butternut squash soup from a VitamixSince trying to become much more aware of the food I eat, and attempting to complete my daily menus with real foods, without resorting to commercially processed foods, I have been struggling with expanding my family’s repertoire, especially with vegetables.  Receiving the Vitamix seems to have opened up a number of doors that I might not have previously considered.

In the box with the blender was a cookbook to help with getting started.  And one of those included recipes was roasted butternut squash soup, which I may have modified just a bit.  And once I did a little research on the health benefits of squash soup, I was sold.  Plus, I read that butternut squash is much better for you than zucchini, which I really don’t like, so it’s a total win-win!  Apparently, the squash is very high in carotenoids, which have been shown to have heart protecting qualities.

Another benefit of this soup is that the recipe calls for homemade chicken stock, or vegetable stock.  Since I usually have a bit of chicken stock sitting around, and have already learned all about the awesome health benefits of homemade chicken stock (and here’s another link) made with real chicken bones, instead of the boxed store bought variety, it was all falling into place!

Some people may see that there is a bit of heavy cream in the recipe, and decide to skip it, either because it’s dairy, or because they fear the fat content of the cream.  Not me.  My family is definitely not dairy free as part of a specific diet, but we do make it a point to avoid low-fat dairy.  And we use only full fat milk and cream from pasture raised cows because we believe in the nutritional benefit of those products when compared to the normal fare found a most supermarkets, not to mention the moral and humane considerations of how most dairy cows are treated in today’s over-processed over-medicated dairy industry.


1 tablespoon olive oil
410 grams roasted butternut squash
2 cups chicken broth
20 grams onion
1/4 apple, seeded
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup heavy cream

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Vitamix Directions

  1. In a pan, combine olive oil and squash, and roast over medium heat, stirring every few minutes
  2. While squash is cooking, add broth, onion, apple and all spices to Vitamix, holding the cream back for later
  3. Once squash has been roasted, so that parts have been caramelized, add to Vitamix
  4. Select soup mode on Vitamix, start and allow to complete cycle
  5. Open top, being careful, it will be hot, and add cream to soup, and replace top
  6. Switch Vitamix to variable speed 1 and start, slowly increasing to speed 8 and blend for another 30 seconds
  7. Serve hot
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  1. Corinne Pierson says:

    This recipe is wonderful, I adapted it for my use the other night, and I wanted to thank you for creating & posting it! One thing — your Vitamix must be different from mine, because mine doesn’t have a “Soup” setting, or any other “setting”, for that matter. It’s simply got the One to Ten dial, and a “Pulse” button. Still, I got it done, and it was very simple. Thanks again!

    • I’m glad you liked it, reminds me it might be time to make it again! I
      just got my Vitamix last year, 2013, so it sounds like you might have an
      older model, glad you got it to work for you, I’m looking forward to
      having mine for years and years!

      • Corinne Pierson says:

        I need to make another batch, as well. :) Actually, I got mine for Christmas last year (2013), brand new, from QVC.

  2. Roslyn Fretwell says:

    How much is 20 grams of onion?

    • a whole onion sounds like it might be a bit too much for my tastes, but whatever works best for you is fine by me! 20 grams isn’t very much, maybe a wedge cut out of a medium onion, not even a quarter of the onion.

  3. Roslyn Fretwell says:

    The soup is great. I just made it in my Vitamix. I used evaporated skim milk. I did not have on hand all of the spices.

    • I try to stay away from canned dairy, just a personal preference, it’s too much of a processed food for my tastes, that’s why I usually stick with real cream, or a bit of coconut milk instead.

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