Spiced Butternut Squash Soup with Chimichurri

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 3 to 4 small servings 1x
  • Category: soups
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: international


Take your basic butternut squash soup recipe and give it a bit of zing with the help of herbs and spices.




1 tablespoon olive oil

½ large yellow onion, minced

3 cloves garlic, minced

3 cups butternut squash puree (1 pound worth of puree)

2 to 3 cups vegetable broth

¼ teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon ground coriander

½ teaspoon salt

Juice from one lime

¼ cup heavy cream


¼ to 1/3 cup chimichurri

Feta/Cotija for topping

Toasted buckwheat, if desired


  • Heat a medium pot over medium-low heat. Add the olive oil followed by the minced onion. Cook until translucent and fragrant, 8 to 10 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook for about a minute more.
  • Next to the pan, add the squash puree, vegetable broth, cumin, and coriander. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until hot, about 10 minutes. Puree in a blender or leave in the pot and puree with an immersion blender. Once smooth, transfer back to the pot.
  • Return the heat to low and and the cream. Cook until the soup is hot. Divide the soup and top with spoonfuls of chimichurri, feta (or cotija), and buckwheat if desired.


To toast buckwheat, heat a dry skillet over medium heat. Add the buckwheat and cook, shaking the pan frequently, until the grain has depend in color and is fragrant.

Keywords: butternut squash soup, spiced butternut squash soup