Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

This sweet and spicy butternut squash soup is hearty, delicious thanks to roasting the butternut squash first. It’s perfect for a crispy fall day.

I need spoons that don’t show reflections. Or, a better editing program. Mom, dad, Ulysses…it’s called Lightroom and it has my name written all over it.

Holy possibilities overload with this soup! What I thought was going to be a simple decision between spicy and sweet turned into an epic internal debate.

Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

Let me recount the different ways I contemplated making this soup:

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

-sweet with maple/brown sugar theme

-combined with apples (ugh, no juice in the house, could be weird with milk)

-plain butternut, slightly spiced with curry/cumin maybe?

-spicy, using some of those chipotle chilis in adobo sauce I still have leftover!

-a squash medley since there are 2 acorns & a kabocha on my countertop

Sweet Butternut Squash Soup

Oh, and then there were the toppings:

-something fresh, green and bright

-bacon (until realizing Ulysses ate it all)

-brown sugar roasted pumpkin seeds

-spicy roasted pumpkin seeds

It’s honestly amazing there’s a soup to actually post about right now and that I’m not still in the kitchen trying to decide.

Butternut Squash Soup

In the end I kind of cheated, not really choosing one specific direction and ended up combining both the sweet and spicy elements (told you I was indecisive.) Such a good idea. Totally sweet squash soups usually leave me almost nauseous by the end, while totally spicy soups leave my taste buds fried for the rest of the day.

Meet the perfect in between.

Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

Sweet by roasting the squash first with maple syrup and brown sugar. Spicy by adding a chili in adobo sauce and curry powder. Rounded out with nutmeg and cinnamon and you’ve got one delicious, hearty soup.

It really would’ve been awesome with crumbled bacon on top for a salty kick. I’m not gonna lie, I silently cursed Ulysses when I opened the drawer the bacon was supposed to be in to find it empty. I’m thinking we need to implement an “I finished it” list on the fridge for situations like this. You finish something, you write it on the list. Makes sense and helps keep my sanity. Win, win.

Yield: 4 servings

Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

This sweet and spicy butternut squash soup is hearty, delicious thanks to roasting the butternut squash first. It's perfect for a crispy fall day.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed & chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce, seeds scraped out and chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 vegetable bullion cube
  • 2 cups of hot water
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk
  • 3/4 cup almond milk


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Grease a baking sheet well.
  3. Combine squash, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt, pepper, brown sugar and maple syrup in a large bowl and toss to combine.
  4. Spread mixture evenly onto baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes.
  5. Lower heat to 400 degrees and roast for another 25 minutes, tossing occasionally.
  6. Remove from oven, set aside.
  7. In a large dutch oven or other heavy bottomed pot, heat remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.
  8. Add onions & garlic and saute for 3-5 minutes until slightly softened.
  9. Add chili & remaining spices and saute for another 3-5 minutes.
  10. Add bullion cube and water and stir until cube is dissolved.
  11. Turn heat off and puree using an immersion blender on low until it reaches a â??chunky pureed consistency*.
  12. Add both milks and stir to combine.
  13. Can be served immediately or warmed up for later.


*This soup is thick. If you prefer it more liquid, I would add 3-4 cups of water with the bullion cube and puree longer.


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  1. barbara

    I should have rode on your bike trail then dropped by for some soup for lunch! :(
    Now I have to make my own…..feels like a panini day!

  2. Jen @ Light Enough to Travel

    Yum! I have made something similar in the past (I love curry in squash soup) but yours has a unique thing going on for sure.

    For me though, I would have to roast the butternut squash whole, or else prepare it while wearing gloves. I’m allergic to some kind of resin/juice in the uncooked squash. Makes me look like a burn victim for about 24 hours if I touch it. Usually I buy a couple bags of TJ’s prepared stuff. That’s my usual plan for butternut. Saves on trying to explain my hands to people. :)

    Check your email today! :)

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      wow, that’s so weird. I’ve never heard of an allergy like that! The prepared stuff sounds good to me, even less work!

  3. Allie

    I prefer ANY squash soup, so I love your idea of combining sweet and spicy. I have basically been living off of butternut squash for the past few weeks, and I keep waiting to get tired of it but don’t. Squash + chipotle would be a great flavor combo, I already dunk roasted pieces in sriracha on a regular basis. But that might just be a reflection of my sriracha addiction…

  4. Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled

    I just had butternut squash soup the other day from Trader Joe’s and it was a little too sweet or me. I should have added some Chalula sauce to it to spice it up.
    I much prefer spicy soups. They’re much more satisfying! And this soup looks fantastic!

  5. Jo (livingmintgreen)

    My husband lays his dirty clothes and damp towels ON the bed. Like after he’s done wearing a pair of jeans, he “neatly” places them at the end of the bed. WTF? Plus he hangs his jacket & hat on the dining room chair instead of the GD coat rack!

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  7. kari @ Running Ricig

    my SIL makes the most amazing curry squash soup at thanksgiving. That’s pretty much the only experience I’ve had with squash soups.

    you know what’s funny? Apparently, I’ve yelled at Mike too much about finishing things off and now he always asks me if he can eat things. Now I keep saying “it’s your food too, you don’t have to ask me!” This sounds like a setup for a vicious cycle.

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  9. Colleen

    I love butternut squash soups, but I have a very small collection of recipes so when I saw this one I wanted to make it right away. Today was the day it finally happened. Excellent soup! I accidentally used 4 cups of water and the soup still came out nice and thick and creamy, too. Great taste combo. I’m going to roast the butternut squash seeds and add those on top w/ some cilantro. On the next run, I am going to add that bit of salt on top (like the bacon), use two squash but not double the sugar. I’ll let you know how that goes. Oh, now I have this can of chili’s in adobo sauce, any ideas on what to make with them? I love the flavor and that on chili went a very long way. Thanks!

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