Garlicky Butternut Squash Soup with Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar

This is extremely quick and easy recipe that will make great midweek dinner or lunch.

We served the soup with some Polish egg dumplings inside but it would taste good with some crunchy bread on a side instead.

easy butternut squash soup recipe


  • medium butternut squash / about 1300 g (peeled, de-seeded, cubed)
  • 1 whole garlic head (cloves peeled)
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 large vegetable cubes (10 g each)
  • sea salt to taste
  • 2 litres / 8 cups boiling water
  • black peppercorns –  to serve
  • balsamic vinegar – to serve
  • grated cheese (we used mature Cheddar) – to serve 
  • crunchy bread or Polish egg dumplings – to serve


  • soup pot
  • hand blender

butternut squash recipes


  1. Place butternut squash, garlic, water, cubes and spices in a pot and cook over medium fire until butternut squash is soft.
  2. Blend, season to taste with salt and share to the plates.
  3. Top with a bit of grated cheese, freshly ground pepper corns and dash of balsamic vinegar.
  4. Serve with the dumplings or some crunchy bread on a side.

Makes 8 portions of soup. 


Cheese can be replaced with cream or skipped altogether.

If you have time you can roast butternut squash before adding it to the soup for extra yumminess.

If you are looking for more balsamic vinegar recipes, check out Dannii’s Balsamic Roasted Ratatouille Spaghetti, Kellie’s Balsamic Roasted Figs, Kate’s Balsamic Peach & Ricotta Tarts, Choclette’s Honeyed Fig & Goats Cheese Tarts with Walnuts & Chocolate Balsamic SauceBalsamic Strawberries with Honey and BasilRoasted Carrots and Beets in Balsamic Maple Syrup or Green Pea Soup with Parmesan and Balsamic Vinegar we made.

I’m submitting this recipe to Jacqueline’s Meat Free Mondays.

Meat Free Mondays by Jac of Tinned Tomatoes

Your thoughts…

  1. I LOVE butterut squash soup, as it is just so comforting. But, I have never put balsamic vinegar in it. I am going to try that next time.
    Thanks for linking to my recipe :)

  2. I’m not sure I’ve ever added balsamic vinegar to soup before, but what a good idea. AND squash soup is my all time favourite, so this does it for me :)

    Thanks for including a link to one of my recipes.

  3. Balsamic vinegar brighten up sweet soups such as this one and it goes well with the cheese also.

  4. This looks well-tasty, Margot! Like Dannii I love butternut squash and have it in soup in the colder months, but never with balsamic. Great idea. :-)

  5. OOoh I love the sound of this! A proper hearty autumnal soup, yum!

  6. I don’t want to believe it but it looks like summer is over… therefore I’m making more and more soups nowadays.

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