Easy Homemade Soup to Soothe the Soul and Budget

By Mary Hunt
Mary Hunt
Mary Hunt
Mary Hunt is the founder of EverydayCheapskate.com, a frugal living blog and the author of the book “Debt-Proof Living.” Mary invites you to visit her at her website, where this column is archived complete with links and resources for all recommended products and services. Mary invites questions and comments at EverydayCheapskate.com/contact, “Ask Mary.” Tips can be submitted at Tips.EverydayCheapskate.com. This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Copyright 2021 Creators.com
October 26, 2021 Updated: November 3, 2021

I have a treat for you today: A recipe for classic butternut squash soup that is ridiculously quick and easy. Easy on the wallet, too. Thick, creamy, and full of flavor, this is a company-worthy butternut soup recipe you will make now and forever!

Before we get going here, and just in case you are not into home cooking, let me assure you that this is more than just a remarkable hack. It’s the kind of semi-homemade recipe that is so amazing and tastes so fresh it’s going to fool your friends and family into thinking you’ve been peeling, chopping, sieving, pureeing, and basically slaving over a hot stove for the better part of a day. That’s the fun part. Even better, all ingredients are easily found in the typical supermarket.

Now, I’m not suggesting in any way that you set out to deceive anyone. But should that happen—should someone out of total amazement ask if you really made this glorious gourmet, smooth, velvety soup—you’re on your own with that response. Me? Here’s my response of choice: “Oh, yes. I’m glad you enjoyed it!”

Before you pass it off as especially easy (which it is) or not really homemade, be assured that while it’s super easy, it will not make itself! You will need to do the work, which includes a couple of things that do qualify as home cooking—perhaps even gourmet cooking! So, proceed guilt-free and enjoy the compliments.

Now, I need to warn you that the recipe in its entirety is so much shorter than my introduction, you may assume I’ve omitted something. Perhaps I’ve forgotten to include tedious techniques, long cooking times, and at least a few exotic, even expensive, ingredients.

But nope. I’ve double-checked. All is in good, absolutely delicious order.

Butternut Squash Soup

Serves 4

  • 1 (32-ounce) container butternut squash soup
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag frozen diced butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (optional)

Pour the soup into a medium saucepan or soup pot and add the bag of frozen squash.

Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to low. Allow to cook very gently, uncovered, until the squash is tender (15 minutes or so should do it). Check from time to time as you don’t want this to turn to mush.

Puree in a typical blender, or use an immersion blender right in the pot. Add salt and pepper, if any, to taste.

Stir in maple syrup. Stir in the heavy cream, if using. Done.

Serving suggestion: Serve with a dollop of sour cream and croutons.

You’re done, Einstein. I call you that because this soup will make your friends and family think you’re a genius.

Enjoy!

Mary Hunt
Mary Hunt is the founder of EverydayCheapskate.com, a frugal living blog and the author of the book “Debt-Proof Living.” Mary invites you to visit her at her website, where this column is archived complete with links and resources for all recommended products and services. Mary invites questions and comments at EverydayCheapskate.com/contact, “Ask Mary.” Tips can be submitted at Tips.EverydayCheapskate.com. This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Copyright 2021 Creators.com