Butternut Squash Bisque


Chipotle peppers give this creamy butternut squash soup a bit of heat, while smoked Gouda cheese adds earthy richness. Butternut squash and apples provide a buttery texture.

Butternut Squash Bisque
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins


  • 1 2.5-3 pound butternut squash or 3, 12-oz. pkgs. frozen cooked winter squash, thawed

  • ¼ cup butter

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 large carrot, coarsely chopped

  • 1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 large Braeburn or Gala apples, peeled, cored and chopped

  • 1 48 ounce box reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 cup apple cider or apple juice

  • 2 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, coarsely chopped

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • 3 ounce smoked Gouda or smoked cheddar cheese, finely shredded

  • Crumbled cooked bacon, celery leaves, and/or shaved Gouda cheese (optional)


  1. Peel, seed, and cube butternut squash. In 6-qt. Dutch oven melt butter over medium-high heat. Add fresh squash (if using frozen squash add with apples and broth), onion, carrot, celery, and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add apples, broth, cider, and peppers. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer 25 minutes or until vegetables and apples are tender. Remove from heat; cool slightly.

  2. When slightly cooled, puree in pot using an immersion blender. (Or puree in batches in a blender; return soup to saucepan.) Blend in sour cream. Heat through. Remove from heat; stir in shredded Gouda until melted. Top with bacon, celery leaves, and/or Gouda cheese. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

213 Calories
11g Fat
26g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 213
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 655mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 24.2mg 121%
Calcium 151.5mg 12%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 527mg 11%
Folate, total 36.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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