Butternut Squash Bisque


Rice is used as a thickener in this lusciously creamy (but cream-free) healthy butternut squash bisque. This soup is very easy to prepare, but you can make it even easier by buying precut butternut squash rather than cutting it up yourself. Serve the soup as a light entree with crusty bread and a salad, or as a starter for a holiday meal.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
8 cups


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus 8 teaspoons, divided

  • 1 ½ cups sliced sweet onion

  • ½ cup sliced shallot

  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed

  • ½ cup dry white wine

  • 1 butternut squash (about 2 1/4 pounds), peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch chunks (about 6 cups)

  • 1 ½ cups chopped peeled Golden Delicious apple (about 1 medium apple)

  • ½ cup chopped carrots (about 2 medium carrots)

  • ½ cup basmati rice

  • 4 cups unsalted chicken broth or vegetable broth

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons salt

  • Freshly ground pepper for garnish


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, shallot and garlic; cook, stirring often, until softened, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 7 minutes.

  2. Increase heat to medium-high; add wine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add squash, apple, carrots and rice; stir to combine. Add broth and increase heat to high; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cover and simmer until the vegetables, apple and rice are tender, about 25 minutes.

  3. Puree the soup with an immersion blender or in batches in a regular blender until velvety and smooth. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.)

  4. Transfer to a large heatproof bowl and stir in lemon juice and salt. Ladle evenly into 8 bowls; drizzle each serving with 1 teaspoon oil and garnish with pepper. (Alternatively, let cool completely, about 30 minutes, and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Garnish with oil and pepper just before serving.)

    Butternut Squash Bisque


To make ahead: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

171 Calories
4g Fat
30g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 171
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Vitamin A 12860IU 257%
Vitamin C 28mg 31%
Folate 39mcg 10%
Sodium 439mg 19%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 1mg 7%
Magnesium 45mg 11%
Potassium 581mg 12%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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