Roasting the squash first deepens the bisque's flavor and is a step you don't want to skip. Look for pre-chopped butternut squash in the refrigerated area of the produce section, or in the freezer aisle. It will significantly simplify this recipe. If you're short on time, plan to prep the other ingredients while the squash roasts. We add almonds at the end for a toasty, textural contrast, while cilantro and cayenne give this butternut squash bisque a slightly exotic flair. This easy bisque recipe is naturally dairy-free and vegan (if you opt for vegetable stock), but you could certainly add a drizzle of heavy cream at the end if you wish.

Robin Bashinsky
Source:, September 2019


Recipe Summary

20 mins
55 mins
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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • Toss together butternut squash and 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large bowl; spread evenly among prepared baking sheets. Roast in preheated oven until slightly browned and softened, about 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through roast time.

  • During final 10 minutes of roast time, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large, heavy pot over medium-high. Add onion, garlic and coriander seeds; cook, stirring often, until slightly softened, 5 to 6 minutes. Add stock; bring to a boil over high.

  • Add roasted squash and salt to stock mixture; cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until squash is very tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Working in two batches, transfer squash mixture to a blender. Secure lid on blender and remove center piece to allow steam to escape. Place a clean towel over opening. Process until very smooth, about 20 seconds.

  • Ladle hot soup evenly into 6 bowls; sprinkle with almonds, cilantro and cayenne.

Nutrition Facts

227 calories; protein 7g; carbohydrates 30g; dietary fiber 6g; sugars 7g; fat 6g; saturated fat 1g; calcium 127mg; potassium 802mg; sodium 417mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
I’ve made many versions of butternut squash soup before but this was by far the best! The coriander and cayenne seasonings really make it warm and flavorful. Rich and creamy without adding dairy. Easy and quick prep, too. We skipped the cilantro because we aren’t fans of it. It was delish even without it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious! It was super easy to make. I added the cayenne while the squash was simmering in the broth. Read More