Roasted Winter Squash Soup with Rosemary and Bay

This full-flavored creamy soup is equally good with roasted butternut squash, kabocha, sugar pie pumpkin or any other winter squash variety. Serve it as a holiday appetizer or as part of a warming weekday supper.

Course Soup
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword roasted winter squash soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 122 kcal
Author Lynne Curry


To roast the pumpkin:

  • 1 small squash, such as butternut or sugar pie pumpkin 4 to 6 pounds
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

To make the soup:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half


  1. Using a large chefs knife, trim the top and bottom of the squash, removing as little of the flesh as possible. Peel the squash using a sharp-bladed vegetable peeler to remove all of the skin. Cut the squash in half from stem to root and scrape out the seeds, reserving them for garnish, if desired. Cut the squash into 1-inch cubes to make about 5 cups total.

  2. Toss the squash cubes with the olive oil, rosemary and salt and arrange in a single layer on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Roast at 400 degrees F until the squash is tender and browned in spots, 25-30 minutes. 

    [The squash can be prepared 1-2 days in advance and refrigerated until ready to make the soup.]

  3. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, just until the onion turns translucent. Add the squash and stir to combine.

  4. Add the stock, salt, pepper, bay leaf and nutmeg. Bring to a simmer for 10 minutes. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup in the pot. Or, transfer the soup to a blender and puree.

  5. Stir in the cream and bring back to a simmer. Taste for seasoning before serving.

Recipe Notes

Substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth for a vegetarian version.