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Healthy Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup

admin - October 14, 2014


Apples, sage, butternut squash, and smoked bacon all together in one dish to make the perfect soup for fall. The best part? It’s healthy!

Butternut Squash Soup with Apple & Bacon

8 slices of bacon, cut crosswise into ¼-inch strips

2-1/2 lb. butternut squash peeled, seeded and cut into ½-ince dice

1 small Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into ½ dice

1-1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage leaves

1 teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

4 cups low-salt chicken or vegetable broth (homemade or store bought)

If you want to add an extra nutritional kick, feel free to add in toasted almonds or pumpkin seeds as a topping, but this traditional soup is a serious crowd pleaser.

If we haven’t convinced you enough that this dish is the perfect aid to a healthy eating lifestyle, this soup, if served with a side salad, amounts to less than 300 calories! Enjoy a guilt-free dinner with friends, at your next family party, or just keep this recipe to yourself (we won’t tell anyone!)


52 Comments so far
  1. cindy - October 16, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    got the ingrediants for butternut squash soup with apple & bacon, but what about the preparation part?

  2. Patti - October 20, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Okay, now what do we do with these ingredients?

  3. J West - October 20, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    OK, I have all the ingredients in one dish – now what do I do?
    cook? for how long? blend? how long will it last in frig? must it be served right away? Cooking does not come naturally for me – I need more directions. Thanks

  4. Walt Davenport - October 20, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Interesting list of ingredients but where are the cooking instructions?

  5. Bev Meyer - October 20, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Directions? Sounds great by the ingredients. Thanks.

  6. Frank L. Senor - October 20, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Can you set up a print version of just the recipe?

  7. Rosa - October 20, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Sounds-wonderful !

  8. Fran - October 20, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    you didn’t say how long you should cook the soup, whether the ingredients should be blended or mashed or pulsed. Am I just supposed to dump all the ingredients into a bowl, stir and serve it cold? I’m confused…

  9. Phyllis - October 20, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    The butternut soup recipe sounds like it might be good, but do you add all the ingredients together at once? How long do you cook it? Boil? Simmer? Put it in a blender after it’s cooked?

  10. George Jagel - October 20, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    You forgot to print procedure. This sounds like a very tasty soup, but I need to know “how” to make it. thank you.

  11. Vivian Virden - October 20, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Do you have directions for the Butternut Squash Soup? Is it all to be cooked and then blended?
    I would appreciate a copy of the directions.
    Thank you.

  12. Dena - October 20, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    How many does it serve? Do you puree all the ingredients?

  13. Helen Ramsbottom - October 20, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Sounds like delicious fall soup.

  14. Bill Hoffbeck - October 20, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    The recipe looks good but what about the cooking directions? Please send the directions!

    Thanks, Bill

  15. george ferlauto - October 20, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    do you cook the butternut s first, in oven? for how long, what temp? or do you just put everything in the blender…

  16. Betty Sackett - October 20, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    The recipe doesn’t have any directions.

  17. Gretchen - October 20, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    How about some cooking directions for the soup??

  18. dennis - October 20, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    I don’t tweet, do facebook, etc….how about having an option of just PRINT IT!!

  19. Carolyn Dragics - October 20, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Recipe sounds great, you have the ingredients, but no directions to put all of it togehter

  20. Jan S - October 20, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Where is the cooking time for the butternut squash soup?

  21. Lynda Johnson Stroman - October 20, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Please send me recipe to your Butternut Squash Soup.

    Sounds Yummy…………..


  22. Judy Hogsed - October 20, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    It would be nice to know how long to cook the soup. And in the photo, it looks like it may have been pureed.

  23. Dona Usry - October 20, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    I’d love a copy of this recipe but I do not see a print place to click. Please help me out I love anything with butternut squash in it.. Thanks. Dona Usry

  24. Eloise Barry - October 21, 2014 at 3:19 am

    I would love to have the butternut squash Soup Recipe
    I thank you very much.

    Sincerely Eloise

  25. eddy reilly - October 21, 2014 at 6:28 am

    where is instructions for preparing soup?

  26. Diane judge - October 21, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Aside from the bacon, do you just put all ingredients in pot, boil, and purée?
    No instructions given.

  27. Debbie Garcia - October 21, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Can I please get the directions for this “Healthy Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup”

  28. Tom Russell - October 21, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Click on the Recipe name at the top. Just above where it says 8 slices of bacon

  29. Betty Rinehart - October 21, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    How many will it serve? How long should it cook? Where are the basic instructions all recipes should have?

  30. Tom Russell - October 21, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    That’s how I got the directions……..

  31. Michael Rendish - October 21, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Hi everyone,

    Please click the title: Healthy Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup, just above the ingredients list, and you’ll get the full story.

    Bon appetit!

    Michael Rendish

  32. Anne Grubb - October 21, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    soup sounds good concerned as to how to prepare it

  33. Judith Lew - October 21, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    I’m guessing you cook the bacon in the pot until crisp, then remove. Add next 3 ingredients plus broth to pot, bring to boil, lower heat and simmer for 1/2 hour. Season to taste. Puree if desired. Add bacon back to soup. Reheat and serve. Probably 4 servings.

  34. Madaline P - October 21, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    To those who didn’t get the preparation instructions. Just click on the above line that reads, Butternut Squash with Apple and Bacon directly above the ingredients. It is a direct link to the recipe and preparation instructions. There’s also a Print button… Hope this helps everyone.

  35. Kathy - October 21, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Can I Please get the directions for this Healthy Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup

  36. sandra sobilo - October 21, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    recipe sounds great, but please send detailed directions

  37. sandra sobilo - October 21, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    need more detailed recipe please

  38. Jean Sezemsky - October 21, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Soup sounds wonderful and I printed it out, but I do need the directions for making the Butternut Squash Soup.

  39. Kelli Conley - October 21, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Love to make this recipe, but no directions for preparation???

  40. Karen Foster - October 22, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Please send cooking directions for Butternut squash soup!

  41. Harriet - October 22, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Just click on the blue name of the soup and it will take you to the full recipe.

  42. sharon wise - October 22, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Please send me a copy of this wonderful sounding butternut soup with all the directions for preparation and cooking.


  43. beekay - October 22, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I made this soup before (from a recipe with instructions). You put all the ingredients, except the bacon, in a big pot, bring to a boil, turn down the heat and simmer until the butternut is cooked (soft). Puree – works best with an immersion blender. If using a traditional blender, please be very careful not to let it splatter and burn you. Cook the bacon pieces crisp while the soup is simmering. Top each serving with a couple pieces of bacon. We also like grated Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top of each serving just before serving.

  44. fran kassimis - October 22, 2014 at 11:59 am

    please send directions for ” healthy recipe; Butternut squash soup

  45. georgie - October 22, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Hey all . . .I’d say pre-cook the bacon and get rid of the bacon fat. Buternut squash should be soft (pre-cooked if fresh–open the can if not), the granny smith will cook in the chicken broth (or you can microwave to soften), blend it all together in the pan and cook until all the flavors marry. If you want it smooth, put it in the blender. That’s how I’d cook it!

  46. Diane - October 22, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Please send me the cooking directions for this healthy Butternut Squash Soup. Sounds delish and would love to serve my family.

  47. Linda - October 22, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Need directions!!

  48. Char Johnson - October 22, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Please sent directions for your butternut squash soup….

  49. shirley sloan - October 25, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Complete recipe with directions ….. you need to click on the recipe name .. there is a star behind the name of the soup

  50. gloria rivers - October 30, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    In a 5-quart or larger stockpot set over medium heat, cook the bacon, stirring occasionally, until crisp and golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels.

    Increase heat to medium high. Add the squash to the pot with the bacon fat and cook until lightly browned, 4 to 6 minutes (resist the urge to stir it too often or it won’t brown). Stir in the apple, sage, salt, and pepper and cook for about 4 minutes (you’ll see more browning occur on the bottom of the pot than on the vegetables). Add the broth, scraping up any browned bits in the pot with a wooden spoon. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to maintain a simmer, and cook until the squash and apples are very soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool somewhat.

    Add about half the bacon to the soup and purée, using a stand or immersion blender (you’ll need to work in batches if using a stand blender). Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. Reheat the soup and garnish each serving with the remaining bacon.

    nutrition information (per serving):
    Size : based on seven servings; Calories (kcal): 130; Fat (g): fat g 4; Fat Calories (kcal): 35; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 1.5; Protein (g): protein g 7; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1.5; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 19; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0.5; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 370; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 10; Fiber (g): fiber g 4;

  51. Norma Cantu - November 1, 2014 at 10:52 am

  52. Sharlene - December 4, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Click on the name of the soup just above the top of the recipe ingredients, to go to the full recipe.

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