This beautiful Butternut Squash-Zucchini soup is hearty, healthy, and incredibly easy to make. Simple ingredients come nicely together to create a creamy vegetable soup that is filling enough to serve as a full meal. Offer it in cute small bowls that contrast the beautiful yellowish fall color, and you have an excellent appetizer for big family gatherings.
This Butternut squash-zucchini soup proves that simple ingredients can make savory comfort food.
It's the perfect balance of naturally sweet and hearty flavors, while olive oil, aromatic garlic, rosemary, and Parmesan cheese (optional) add a delicious Italian touch.
I love making a big batch of this fall soup because it is incredibly easy to make on the stovetop, and any leftovers taste even better the next day.
There is no need for a lot of seasoning either. The trick is to saute the vegetables for a few minutes in olive oil to allow their natural flavors to come together before adding any liquid.
Cooked Cannellini beans are added at the end as a source of protein and to add an extra creamy consistency.
Note: beans are often a favorite non-meat source of proteins. However, beans contain levels of lectins that can cause digestive issues when not correctly soaked or cooked. If you are trying to avoid lectins, you can pressure cook beans at home to inactivate them. But if you still want to enjoy the easiness of using canned beans, buy a brand like EDEN canned beans. They soak, rinse, and pressure-cook specific bean varieties.
This wholesome dish contains simple ingredients.
- Butternut squash and zucchini are a perfect match in this vegetable soup and add a naturally sweet taste.
- While cannellini beans offer a good source of protein, they are fiber-rich and don't add a lot of extra calories.
- Try using olive oil to make the base of this soup. It makes all the difference.
- The aroma of garlic and the lovely fragrant of Rosemary further balance the sweet veggie flavors and make this soup incredibly hearty.
- You only need water as a liquid, and everything is flavored with salt and pepper.
This beautiful soup is quite thick in texture, which I love. But if you prefer a thinner consistency, then add an extra cup of water then the suggested amount.
Make sure, though, to always taste the broth and add any additional seasoning if preferred.
The Butternut Squash-Zucchini Soup offers sweet and savory Autumn flavors, with a creamy texture that is both comforting and satisfying!
SOUP SERVING SUGGESTIONS
It makes an easy meal during the week, especially because you can quickly reheat this soup the next day either for lunch or dinner.
But I have also offered it during special occasions or the Holiday season by serving it in beautiful small bowls as an appetizer or starter dish.
It's filling enough and terrific on its own. But I often enjoy it with freshly grated Parmesan cheese (omit if you like to keep it vegan-friendly.) I love the sweet taste and nuttiness of this cheese.
Another great option— and similar in texture like cheddar— is Kerrygold Dubliner cheese. It adds incredible flavor to this recipe and is much cheaper than a Parmesan cheese. You can get it in almost any store, even at Target.
Change it up with a different type of garnish:
- Toasted pumpkin seeds or nuts (like chopped Brazilian or Macadamia nuts)
- A dollop of (dairy-free) sour cream
- Extra freshly ground black pepper
- Or stir in a handful of freshly chopped parsley or spinach leaves when reheating the soup the next day and simmer for a couple of minutes.
- Sometimes, I mix in homemade leftover bone or vegetable broth (to keep it vegan-friendly), which makes it a little thinner but adds extra minerals.
These are just a few suggestions!
It is so easy to reheat a cup of this soup for lunch or light dinner during the week and pair it with a quick salad or farmer's bread.
You can also freeze it in individual portions and defrost overnight or reheat directly from frozen for those lazy days too.
Also perfect on nights when there is nothing edible in the house.
Enjoy! I hope you will love it as much as my family does.
MORE SOUP INSPIRATIONS
- A Red Kuri Squash Soup Recipe
- Homemade vegetable Soup (Hearty & Healthy)
- Protein-Rich Green Pea Soup (Vegetarian)
- A Healthy Carrot Shallot Soup with Fresh Parsley
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- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 5 cups peeled and cubed Butternut squash (about 1 ½ pounds or 650 grams)
- 5 cups packed cubed unpeeled zucchini (about 1 pound or 500 grams), ends removed
- Salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried Rosemary
- 2 cups fresh water
- 1 (13.4 ounces or 380 grams) package or can of cooked cannellini beans, no salt added
- 1 cup grated aged hard cheese, plus more to garnish (optional)
- In a 5 to 6 QT pot, add olive oil and heat over medium heat.
- Add garlic—cook and stir for ten seconds to release its aroma.
- Stir in the vegetables. Season royally with salt, pepper, and one tablespoon of dried Rosemary. Cook and frequently stir for 5 minutes.
- Pour in the water (the water should barely cover the vegetables). Cover the pot and bring to a steady simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes and stir on occasion. You might have to lower the heat to maintain a simmer and prevent the liquid from boiling.
- Stir in the beans and continue to simmer for another 5 minutes or until the squash is soft. Taste the broth and season with more salt or pepper, if needed.
- Remove the pot from the stove and stir in the cheese until completely melted into the soup. With a hand mixer, puree the vegetables until you get a beautiful yellow-orange soup. Serve with extra grated cheese.
- You can also use a blender to puree the soup.
- In that case, allow the soup to cool for a few minutes before blending.
- And never fill the blender more than halfway with hot soup.
- So you'll have to work in batches.
- Cover the blender with a folded towel and hold it down while blending
- Repeat with remaining soup
- Reheat if necessary.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 301Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 201mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 10gSugar: 7gProtein: 13g
Disclaimer: This nutritional data is calculated using third party tools and is only intended as a reference.