If you’re wondering what to serve with your butternut squash soup, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 45 of the most popular side dishes for butternut squash soup.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with butternut squash soup are these classic bread variations – focaccia, jalapeno cheddar sourdough bread, avocado toast, corn muffins, cheese and garlic crack bread, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Try rainbow kale salad for a healthier option.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Great flavor pairings for butternut squash soup
Butternut squash is very similar to sweet potatoes and pumpkin in terms of flavor. It has a warm, sweet, and nutty vibe.
Some great flavor pairings for butternut squash soup include:
- Earthy herbs and spices – earthy flavors like nutmeg, cumin, cayenne, sage, and thyme help to bring out the savory side of the butternut squash.
- Creamy flavors – creamy ingredients like cheese, coconut milk, and cream will mellow out the butternut squash and make it even more comforting.
- Sweet things – butternut squash has a sweet undertone which means it works great with other sweet ingredients like honey, liquors, vanilla, and even marshmallows!
Breads and crackers
The most obvious pairing for butternut squash soup is bread, and there’s no limits here on what kind of bread you can go for.
I like something with a crunchy crust and a soft inside like sourdough.
Jalapeno cheddar sourdough bread
Nothing beats a classic crusty bread with your sweet, nutty soup.
Studded with cheddar cheese and spicy jalapeno slices, this sourdough bread balances off the sweet undertones of the soup. It’s the perfect combo.
And you can use it to mop up every last drop.
It’s fun to make too!
If you want something soft and fluffy with your butternut squash soup, focaccia bread is what you’re looking for.
It has an airy texture, which means it can soak a lot of soup up without getting too heavy.
Want to know the secret of delicious and extra-pillowy focaccia?
Allow the dough to rest in the fridge for 18-48 hours (if you are not in a rush).
Make corn muffins to go with your butternut squash soup and add a touch of sweetness to every bite.
And if you want something to contrast with the sweet notes, simply add some green chile to your batter.
Ready to bake? Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty!
Cheese and garlic crack bread
Grab some sourdough bread and make an over-the-top and addictive cheese and garlic crack bread.
This is a great side when you’re feeding a lot of people, and it’s fun!
Each guest can pull their own buttery, cheesy, garlicky piece of bread from the loaf. The cheese will stretch on for miles.
Soup toppers and fillers
If you’re looking to pad your soup out, toppers and fillers are perfect side options.
You can add extra vegetables like sauteed mushrooms or peas to your soup, and if you’re really hungry you can add something more substantial like shredded chicken or rice.
Croutons are a classic soup topper, but you can also use things like crispy bacon crumbles, crushed up nuts, or a spoonful of caramelized onions.
Cilantro lime rice
If you love carbs, you can never go wrong with rice.
It’s simple and pairs well with pretty much anything – even soup!
You can serve it on the side, or chuck it into the soup for a one-pot meal.
Jazz your rice up by squeezing in some lime and tossing in a handful of cilantro, like in this Chipotle inspired recipe. The lime will add vibrancy to your otherwise pretty rich soup.
Sauteed Brussel sprouts
If you want a quick stovetop recipe to serve with your butternut squash soup, you’re in for a treat.
And don’t worry.
These sauteed Brussel sprouts are far from the bitter or mushy ones you had in your childhood.
The sprouts are crispy, charred, and caramelized.
Add some nuts or cheese and a handful of lemony dressing for a more flavorful dish (or some bacon).
Add some umami to your butternut squash soup with a heaping serving of these sauteed mushrooms.
It’s a simple dish, but don’t underestimate what it can do.
The meaty texture of the mushrooms adds substance to the dish, and their woody flavor enhances the autumnal feel of the dish.
Best of all, it’s ready in only 10 minutes.
Salads and sandwiches
Salads and sandwiches are my favorite things to pair with butternut squash soup for lunch or a light dinner.
Salads are perfect when you don’t want anything too heavy, but still need something extra. Psst… butternut squash goes extra well with fall salads.
And simple sandwiches are delicious dipped into butternut squash soup – it’s WAY better than ketchup.
Rainbow kale salad
Catch the colors of the rainbow in a bowl of rainbow kale salad.
It’s both nutritious and delicious, and one of my go-to comfort salads.
It has a little bit of everything – fresh bell peppers, crunchy carrots, pumpkin seeds, sweet blueberries, and earthy kale.
Plus a tart citrus dressing.
When it comes to “what goes with butternut squash soup”, it is hard to imagine a more traditional dish than bread.
That’s why there’s so much bread on the list!
But one way to take your bread to a whole new level is by making a creamy, smooth avocado toast.
Season the mashed avocado with sea salt and ground pepper, then smother it on toasted wholewheat bread. Easy peasy!
Citrusy winter avocado salad
Tomatoes are the summer salads’ darling, and citrus fruits are its winter equivalent.
This citrusy avocado salad combines the zingy flavor of blood oranges and the creaminess of avocado for the perfect balance.
Served next to a steaming bowl of butternut squash and you have the perfect winter lunch.
Psst… there’s also some goat cheese for some extra creaminess.
Grilled cheese sandwiches
I told you, this list is jam-packed with bread.
But you did ask what to pair with butternut squash soup.
And nothing is as classic as grilled cheese sandwiches to pair with soup.
If you find this classic side boring, give it a little twist.
A Disney twist! This Disney-inspired grilled cheese is next-level cheesy.
Arugula salad with lemon
If you’ve left everything to the last minute, arugula salad is the way to go.
It’s super easy to prepare and ideal if you want something light that also has a kick to it.
This arugula salad gets acidity from lemon juice, which helps to balance out the heavy squash flavor.
Delicious meets nutritious in this arugula salad bowl. It’s got pine cuts for some crunch too.
Get creative with your sides and go for something fun like mac and cheese bites or fritters.
Anything that’s sturdy enough for dipping will work. Bacon twists are one of my go-tos.
Crispy baked mac and cheese bites
If you think mac and cheese couldn’t get any more irresistible, you’ve not tried these baked mac and cheese bites.
They’re crispy on the outside but have a gooey inside, leaving you hungry for more.
These tasty morsels will quickly become a kid’s favorite and they make an excellent party starter too.
Green bean bundles
Green vegetables aren’t everyone’s favorite thing.
But wrapping your plain green beans with bacon is one way to turn them into something super tasty.
After all, everything tastes better with bacon.
And if you’re still not convinced about green beans, why not try bacon-wrapped asparagus, or peas and pancetta.
Butternut squash can be fairly rich and flavorsome so I think it works best with lighter protein mains like pork, chicken, or white fish.
It’s also the perfect starter for a warm and earthy vegetarian centrepiece like a nut roast, portobello mushrooms, or pesto pasta.
Got a big appetite that soup by itself is never going to satisfy?
Serve some roasted chicken on the side to add something hearty, tasty, and healthy to your table.
This delectable comfort-food staple is simple enough for a weeknight dinner yet classy enough for a dinner party.
Blow any rotisserie chicken out of the water with this roasted chicken recipe.
The best side dishes for butternut squash soup
- Jalapeno cheddar sourdough bread
- Crispy baked mac and cheese bites
- Rainbow kale salad
- Corn muffins
- Sauteed Brussel sprouts
- Avocado toast
- Cilantro lime rice
- Sauteed mushrooms
- Cheese and garlic crack bread
- Green bean bundles
- Citrusy winter avocado salad
- Grilled cheese sandwiches
- Arugula salad with lemon
- Roasted chicken
What To Serve With Butternut Squash Soup – Avocado Toast
- 1 large avocado
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 1 slices bread wholewheat
- salt and pepper to taste
- Toast your bread slices until the outside is just browning. Buttering is optional.
- Scoop the flesh out of the avocado an into a big bowl.
- Sprinkle in the lime juice and then mash the avocado with a fork. You can leave it chunky or mash until it's completely smooth.
- Spread the mashed avocado on your toast and then top with salt and pepper.