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Creamy Autumn Squash Soup

Creamy Autumn Squash Soup is a delicious blend of butternut squash, carrots, and pumpkin simmered in a fall spiced vegetable broth. Now you can make the popular soup from Panera Bread at home! Simple ingredients in this classic fall and winter soup and it's ready in 30 minutes.
Course: Soup
Keyword: Autumn Squash Soup, Butternut squash, Copycat Panera Bread, Soup
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 Cipolline onions, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, deseeded, and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 3 small carrots, peeled and cut into i inch pieces
  • 4 cups unsalted vegetable broth
  • 2 cups 100% natural apple juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • salt, to taste
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream, optional
  • pepita seeds for garnish, optional


  • Cut off the ends and then use a vegetable peeler to remove the outer skin of the squash. Slice the squash in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, remove the seeds and discard them. Then cut the squash into inch slices and then dice into inch pieces.
  • Prepare your vegetables by chopping the squash and carrots into one inch pieces. Set aside. Peel the onions and slice them in quarters. Gather the rest of your ingredients and a large pot.
  • Heat olive oil in large pot over medium high heat. Add the onions and allow them saute them for a few minutes, until they are softened. Then add the vegetable broth, apple juice, curry powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, squash, and carrots to the pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook until vegetables are tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  • Once the vegetables are tender, remove pot from heat. Add the pumpkin puree, butter, cream cheese, and brown sugar. Puree with an immersion blender or use a blender. If you're using a blender, puree the soup in batches. Blend until smooth and then taste soup for sweetness.
    If you like a bit sweeter, add a bit more brown sugar or even honey. I also like to add about 1/4 cup of heavy cream to give it a bit more richness, but this is totally optional.
  • Place pot of soup back on the stove and heat soup back up if it needs it. Serve immediately. Garnish bowls of soup with pepita seeds, if desired.


Tips, Tricks, and FAQs
  • The size of your squash and carrot cubes should be uniform to ensure even cooking time. If you have larger pieces, they will need more time to cook.
  • You can opt to use chicken broth in place of the vegetable. Also, choose a lower sodium or unsalted kind so you can control the amount of salt.
  • Do not use apple cider vinegar for this recipe. It will not turn out correctly.
  • The recipe calls for 100% natural apple juice but you can use apple cider if it's in season.
  • If you do not have or cannot find the Cippolini onions, a yellow onion works great, too.
  • Adding a bit of heavy cream is optional and will add a bit of richness to the soup.
  • If you prefer the soup to be a bit sweeter, like Panera Bread's, add a bit more brown sugar or honey.
  • My soup is too thick, what can I do? Thin out with a bit of broth.
Recipe adapted from Rachel Cooks