Roasted Butternut Squash & Bacon Soup

  • 1 butternut squash (about 3 lbs.), peeled, seeded and cut in 1-inch pieces
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock, or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 TBS chopped chives

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.

Place butternut squash, onion, bell pepper and bacon in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Add olive oil and garlic; season with salt and pepper to taste. Gently toss to combine.

Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until butternut squash is tender, stirring at halfway point.

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

Heat a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add butternut squash mixture and thyme, stirring occasionally until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Using an immersion blender, stir in chicken stock and puree.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5-10 minutes. If the soup is too thick, add more chicken stock as needed until desired consistency.

Serve immediately. If desired, garnish with bacon, goat cheese and chives.