Brown Butter Bacon Butternut Squash Soup

A bowl of Brown Butter Bacon Butternut Squash Soup shot from above
Photo: Andrea Mathis, MA, RDN, LD

Alright y’all, it’s officially fall! But because I live in Alabama, this means absolutely nothing. It’s still 80 to 90 degrees outside, and I still have my air conditioning blowing on high! Even though it doesn’t feel like fall outside, I’m completely in the holiday spirit.

In my opinion, fall means carnivals, family gatherings and tons of soup! I had two beautiful butternut squash just sitting on my kitchen table and knew that I wanted to make a soup. I’ve made a delicious butternut squash beanless chili in the past, but never butternut squash soup, so I decided to open a few recipe books to get a little inspiration.

I found absolutely no inspiration in my recipe books. Every recipe contained all of these extra ingredients, and I just wanted a simple butternut squash soup, so I decided to wing it and hope for the best. When I started preparing this soup, I knew that I wanted it to taste savory and with plenty of bacon flavor.

I started off by cooking my bacon in a large pot and saving the bacon pieces to crumble on top of the soup later on. I added butter and let it brown a little bit. Then I added the onions, garlic, butternut squash, and chicken stock and let the butternut squash cook until soft. Once the butternut squash was soft and completely cooked, I took an immersion blender to completely puree the ingredients. I love my immersion blender! It’s an essential when making soup. You can make this Brown Butter Bacon Butternut Squash Soup without it, but you will have to wait until it cools and then add it to a blender. I don’t have that kind of time, so that’s why I invested an this immersion blender.

Once everything was blended, I stirred in my milk and seasoned the soup with salt/pepper to taste. This Brown Butter Bacon Butternut Squash Soup is AMAZING! Brown Butter Bacon Butternut Squash Soup - The flavors are so savory, but with a slight hint of sweetness, and the bacon flavor really makes this soup so good! My entire family enjoyed this recipe and I know that you will, too.

Brown Butter Bacon Butternut Squash Soup

Serves 8


  • 2 butternut squash cubed
  • 6 slices of bacon chopped into pieces
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 ½ cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups of reduced fat milk
  • Salt/pepper to taste
  • Optional: thyme and sour cream for garnish


  1. In a large pot, cook the bacon on medium heat. When done, remove the bacon from the pot and save for later.
  2. In the same pot, add butter and cook until slightly brown. Add onions and garlic and cook until fragrant. Add butternut squash and 2 and ½ cups water. Stir, cover, and reduce heat to low. Let cook for about 30 minutes or until butternut squash is completely cooked and soft.
  3. If you have an immersion blender, blend ingredients until smooth. If you do not have an immersion blender, let soup cool for about 30 minutes and then add it to a blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Bring pot back to low heat, and stir in 2 cups of milk. Soup should be creamy and smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve with crumbled bacon on top, and with a dollop of sour cream and thyme if desired.
  6. Enjoy!
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Andrea Mathis, MA, RDN, LD, is an Alabama-based dietitian, mom and owner of Beautiful Eats & Things. Check out her website for easy, delicious recipes, health & wellness info, and DIY/lifestyle hacks! You can also connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.