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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon and Crispy Leeks

I am a huge fan of roasted butternut squash soup. It is so simple to make, and so versatile. This version of roasted butternut squash soup is made with bacon and crispy leeks and makes for a perfect light lunch or dinner.
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This roasted butternut squash soup is even better when prepared in a gorgeous new Le Creuset dutch oven in their new color, Teal, which is exclusive to Williams Sonoma and one of my most favorite colors.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon and Crispy Leeks www.pineappleandcoconut.com

Gorgeous, isn’t it? I have had a 7 1/4 Qt Le Creuset round dutch oven for almost 15 years in a lovely green color called, “Kiwi“. It is well worn and loved, hundreds of recipes made it in from soups to braises to breads and more. The handle on the lid is cracked, the bottom is blackened from time spent over a gas flame. But it is still going strong. These pots last forever. My kiwi pot might not be as beautiful as it once was, but it is well loved and will always have a spot in my home. And now I have a new pot to go with it. Both match my seaglass color themed kitchen. And I am so excited for double batches of everything I normally make in one pot.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon and Crispy Leeks www.pineappleandcoconut.com

So shiny and new! I almost didn’t want to make a recipe in it just keep it pretty and have on my shelf as decor. But it is such an amazing pot there is no way I can’t put it to use. And one lucky reader will win one of these gorgeous teal dutch ovens for themselves too! Giveaway is at the end of the post. Let’s get back to the recipe first.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon and Crispy Leeks www.pineappleandcoconut.com

I have several squash soups already on my blog but that doesn’t stop me from making more. I adore squash soups at all times of the year. This roasted butternut squash soup recipe actually started from a pan roasted squash dish my husband made one night for dinner as a side to amazing pork chops he grilled. It was one of those clear out the fridge recipes. We happened to have a butternut squash we needed to use soon along with some leeks. We had bought leeks to go with homemade chicken stock, and bacon we always have on hand.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon and Crispy Leeks www.pineappleandcoconut.com

My husband took that butternut squash, peeled, removed seeds and cubedit, added it to chopped bacon and thin strips of leeks and spread it all out on a baking sheet. The squash cooked and leeks crisped up in the fat that the bacon released as it cooked. Simple recipe yet so good. I told him how these ingredients would be great as soup too. Roast the squash in bacon fat in the oven to slightly caramelize it and add a nice smoky flavor to the squash. To keep the soup relatively simple I start with yellow onion, leek and garlic cooked in bacon fat to keep the flavor simple and yet still smoky. I always add in a little white wine and then the roasted squash is added in.

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Chicken or vegetable stock is then added, the soup is simmered then pureed. No creams or dairy is added other than a swirl of yogurt on the top and that is optional if you want to keep it dairy free. It is a fairly thick soup, you can always add more stock if a thinner soup is desired. If you would like a butternut squash soup that is a bit richer with dairy you can try my Ritz Carlton Creamy Butternut Squash Soup recipe.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon and Crispy Leeks www.pineappleandcoconut.com

Simple recipe for a complex tasting soup. I love roasted butternut squash soup and I hope you all love this version as much as I do.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon and Crispy Leeks

A simple, smoky roasted squash soup topped with crispy leeks
Makes 8 cups of soup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb thick cut bacon (6-8 slices)
  • 3 lb Butternut squash ( peeled, seeds removed, cut in to 2 inch chunks)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced ( about half a cup)
  • 2 large leeks
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled, minced
  • 1 tsp salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper ( or more to taste)
  • 1/2 C white wine
  • 4 C chicken or vegetable broth

Garnish

  • Greek Yogurt
  • bacon
  • crispy leeks

Instructions

  • Slice bacon in half lengthwise, then into half inch pieces. Cook in a cast iron dutch oven until crispy, stirring frequently. Remove bacon to paper towel lined plate to drain. Reserve bacon fat, saving one tablespoon for the leeks
  • Preheat oven to 400 Deg. Spread butternut squash chunks on a baking sheet and sprinkle with 2 tbsp of bacon fat. Season with salt and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes, stirring and flipping chunks every 10 min, until starting to turn golden.
  • Prepare the leeks. Trim off ends and any tough outer leaves. Trim off dark green tops so only white and light green remain. Cut in half lengthwise and rinse well. Cut one into 4 lengthwise sections then into smaller quarter moon pieces, set aside. Cut the other in half widthwise then trim into thin strips - about 3-4 inches in length set aside.
  • While the squash is roasting, cook the onion and diced leek in the dutch oven in the remaining bacon fat. If there isn't much fat left, add a tablespoon of oil or butter. Once the onion and leek are soft and translucent, about 3-4 min of cooking, add the garlic and stir for one minute. Add in the white wine and stir then add the roasted squash.
  • 5. Add 3 cups of the chicken or vegetable broth to the pan and stir. Bring to a simmer. Transfer
  • mixture to a blender and blend until smooth then transfer back to the duct oven. This might
  • take two batches. Add in the remaining cup of broth to the blender to clean out any squash
  • mixture that might be stuck and add it all back to the dutch oven. Bring to a simmer. Taste
  • and season with salt and pepper.
  • 6. Heat a sauté pan with a tablespoon of reserved bacon fat and add the strips of leeks and
  • sauté until crispy.
  • Remove to a paper towel to drain slightly.
  • 7. Divide soup into bowls. Top with a tablespoon of yogurt and sprinkle on some of the
  • cooked bacon and crispy leeks. Serve with crusty bread.

Instructions

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon and Crispy Leeks www.pineappleandcoconut.com

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon and Crispy Leeks www.pineappleandcoconut.com

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121 Comments

  • Reply
    Lauren Wyler
    February 5, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Turkey Andouille Gumbo! Yum Yum!

  • Reply
    Laura R
    February 5, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    I love chicken tortilla soup!

  • Reply
    Kimberly
    February 5, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    I love carrot ginger soup 🙂

  • Reply
    Ty Gray
    February 5, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Homemade chicken noodle

  • Reply
    Nancy W
    February 5, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    This soup looks so yummy! That color of the dutch oven is absolutely gorgeous!

  • Reply
    Samantha
    February 5, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Oh I’d plan on making a tomato soup in this pot, of course!!

  • Reply
    Alyssa
    February 5, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    I love a good chowder. Corn, Clam, Lobster, they are all great to me.

  • Reply
    Natalie
    February 5, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    My current favorite soup is roasted cauliflower soup. So good with some crusty bread!

  • Reply
    Marisa
    February 5, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    I’m a basic girl. I love me some homemade chicken noodle.

  • Reply
    Devi McDonald
    February 5, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Always looking for new soup recipes to try! This one looks amazing!

  • Reply
    Monica
    February 5, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Cabbage soup with lots of cabbage and hearty vegetables! ❤

  • Reply
    Milisa
    February 5, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    This sounds fantastic. It has been unreasonably cold lately and soup has been on the menu often. Tonight we had ham, potato and kale soup. This butternut squash soup would definitely be a hit and nothing beats a LeCreuset pan to cook it in!

  • Reply
    Lyn Mackay
    February 5, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    I have so many soups I love but my favorite has to be cram of carrot soup 🙂

  • Reply
    Cass
    February 5, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Tomato soup is my favorite

  • Reply
    Tammy kubitz
    February 5, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Pasta fagoli

  • Reply
    Cori W
    February 5, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    I love a good potato soup, but this butternut squash soup sounds like it would be right up there.

  • Reply
    Katie Fields-Damke
    February 5, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    Mushroom soup is my favorite. But this looks fantastic and I will have to try it.

  • Reply
    Darlene N
    February 5, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    My Mom’s vegetable soup!

  • Reply
    Nutmeg Nanny
    February 5, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    This pot is GORGEOUS! I wish I had this soup for dinner tonight. I’m so hungry and soooooo don’t want to cook. Love those crispy leeks on top!

  • Reply
    Sue Pandey
    February 5, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    I love roasted jalapeño with cream soup!

  • Reply
    Robin G.
    February 5, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    I’m from New England, so lobster bisque is by far my favorite!

  • Reply
    Will G
    February 5, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    I like Chicken Noodle.

  • Reply
    Sonia Daily
    February 5, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    My favorite is butternut squash soup – can’t wait to try this!

  • Reply
    Melinda Matthews
    February 5, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    I love anything creamy…chowders, bisques, literally pick one

  • Reply
    Sandy Headtke
    February 5, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    My favorite soup is navy bean and ham. For some reason I only make it when I have a holiday ham bone, need to make it more often.

  • Reply
    Kate D.
    February 5, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    I love Taco soup!

  • Reply
    Rachel
    February 5, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    My favorite soup is broccoli cheddar.

  • Reply
    Nikki H
    February 5, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup.

  • Reply
    Jenn
    February 5, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Lobster bisque is my favorite. That pot is my favorite color!!

  • Reply
    Liz B
    February 5, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    Chicken noodle of course!

  • Reply
    Megan Brown
    February 5, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    I love all soup, but a good french onion is hard to beat!

  • Reply
    urvashee
    February 5, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Lentil soup. I like butternut squash too!

  • Reply
    libby rouse
    February 5, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Chicken noodle soup

  • Reply
    Haley
    February 5, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    All soupnis my favorite! I’m obsessed! I could eat soup every night. Especially homemade chicken pho! Yum!

  • Reply
    bn100
    February 5, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    minestrone

  • Reply
    Peabody Jennifer Johanson
    February 5, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Oh, that is a hard one because I am a soup lover. I would say right now my favorite is lobster bisque.

  • Reply
    Victoria
    February 5, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Looks gorgeous!! I’m all in for some roasted tomato soup.

  • Reply
    Candice Lewis
    February 5, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Clam Chowder. I have been thinking that I need to make more homemade soups. Saving your recipe–may need to try!!!! Thank so much for sharing

  • Reply
    Christine Robinson
    February 5, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Avocado Chicken Corn Chowder…I got the recipe here!

  • Reply
    Victoria
    February 5, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    French Onion!

  • Reply
    Mindy Kinnaman
    February 5, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    I really love loaded baked potato soup. I haven’t had a good one in years due to being lactose intolerant, but with all of these new lactose-free cheeses and milks, I’m going to have to give it try again.

  • Reply
    Michele S.
    February 5, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    My favorite soup is chicken noodle soup! Would love to make it in this pot!

  • Reply
    Erin
    February 5, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    French onion soup is my favorite!

  • Reply
    Courtney Massey
    February 5, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    My favorite soup is a creamy potato soup! There are so many soup recipes I want to try and this recipe, and pot, look absolutely gorgeous! (like everything you do!)

  • Reply
    Calvin
    February 5, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Potato leek or lentil soup

  • Reply
    Michelle B
    February 5, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    My favorite soup is Ukrainian Green Borsch. It is the best!
    Thanks for the chance in the giveaway. That blue is an amazing color!

  • Reply
    Denise M
    February 5, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    I really like baked potato soup

  • Reply
    Rene’
    February 5, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    My favorite soup is broccoli cheddar 😋

  • Reply
    Jen
    February 5, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    Butternut/Apple/pumpkin is my specialty!

  • Reply
    Katherine
    February 6, 2018 at 12:42 am

    Creamy wild rice and pheasant!

  • Reply
    Jolene
    February 6, 2018 at 3:14 am

    My favorite soup is Lemon Chicken Rice!

  • Reply
    Carlee
    February 6, 2018 at 6:00 am

    I love so many soups, but chicken pot pie is one of my favorites!

  • Reply
    Kailey
    February 6, 2018 at 6:22 am

    French onion is always a winner in my books!

  • Reply
    Lillian Barrows
    February 6, 2018 at 6:43 am

    I think my favorite soup would have to be a Thai Tom Yum soup. But I also love a good parole, tortilla soup, and hot & sour soup too. I love all the soups!!

  • Reply
    Kathi
    February 6, 2018 at 7:35 am

    Halibut & Shrimp chowder ( 1973 recipe ) was my first attempt pleasing my in-laws with Honey-Mustard oatmeal homemade bread .

  • Reply
    Michelle
    February 6, 2018 at 8:33 am

    It’s a toss-up between Butternut Squash, Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato, and Miso. I love all three.

  • Reply
    Kristina Restivo
    February 6, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Cream of tomato with thyme…..

  • Reply
    jan
    February 6, 2018 at 9:19 am

    We love Thai coconut curry

  • Reply
    Shelley
    February 6, 2018 at 9:45 am

    I love Le Creuset and would love to own one of these!! My favorite soup is White Chicken Chili…I make it all the time in the winter and it’s so wonderfully spicy and comforting during those cooler months.

  • Reply
    Pamela Shank
    February 6, 2018 at 9:52 am

    New to your blog…I can see that I have lot ofatching up to do. Recipes look wonderful. That dutch oven is truly a beautiful color. I have a purple one. Love this color

  • Reply
    Gina
    February 6, 2018 at 10:24 am

    Cream of broccoli with cheddar cheese is always popular at my house – topped with homemade ranch croutons.

  • Reply
    Monica Riccio
    February 6, 2018 at 10:50 am

    My favorite soup is German lentil soup

  • Reply
    Rebecca
    February 6, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Seriously, I love all soup!

  • Reply
    Kit
    February 6, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    I love all soups and this one looks especially delicious. I can’t wait to make it.

  • Reply
    Nadia
    February 6, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Tomato bisque

  • Reply
    Tee
    February 6, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Chicken tortilla soup is my favorite

  • Reply
    Jen
    February 6, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    My favorite soup is chicken pot pie soup!

  • Reply
    Kenneth Shijoy
    February 6, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    My favorite to eat is probably Won Ton Soup, but my favorite to make is Chicken Noodle Soup.

  • Reply
    Leila Potter
    February 6, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    I love my mom’s sausage potato soup!

  • Reply
    Kelsey Heaviside
    February 6, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Yum that looks so good! My favorite soup is a hearty Corn Ham Chowder my mom makes. Mmmm!

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    February 6, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    Favorite of all time, Grama’s chicken soup!

  • Reply
    Diana
    February 6, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Coconut Lentil Soup!

  • Reply
    Shirley Shepherd
    February 6, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    My favorite soup is chicken noodle soup.

  • Reply
    Jillian Too
    February 7, 2018 at 2:10 am

    I love butternut squash apple soup, especially in the Fall when we’ve picked the apples ourselves.

  • Reply
    Sandra Preti
    February 7, 2018 at 9:07 am

    My favorite soup is Ribollita, except I make it vegetarian.

  • Reply
    Elena
    February 7, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    My favorite soup is chicken noodle.

  • Reply
    Mindi
    February 7, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Creamy tomato!

  • Reply
    Jessica To
    February 7, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Potato soup is my favorite.

  • Reply
    Patricia Wojnar Crowley
    February 7, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I love chicken corn chowder.

  • Reply
    Elizabeth W
    February 7, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    I love lentil and chicken tortilla!

  • Reply
    Jeffrey
    February 8, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    I’ve always been a fan of Wedding Soup, love the combination of meatballs, chicken and spinach!

  • Reply
    Brittany Whitley
    February 8, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Buffalo chicken soup is my absolute favorite soup!

  • Reply
    Diane
    February 8, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    This soup looks fantastic and with bacon… my fav! My favorite soups are often potato based, clam chowder, zuppa toscani, loaded baked potato. I’d make them all in that gorgeous pot you’re giving away if I win and your soup too!!!

  • Reply
    J
    February 8, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    My Dad’s homemade chicken noodle soup that he still makes once a week! My Mom is a great cook, but she thinks he makes the best soup and stays right out of the kitchen.

  • Reply
    Heather W
    February 8, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    I love corn chowder!

  • Reply
    Erin M
    February 9, 2018 at 5:48 am

    I love cream of turkey soup.

  • Reply
    Kayla Klontz
    February 9, 2018 at 5:57 am

    Cheddar broccoli soup is my favorite.

  • Reply
    laura bernard
    February 9, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    broccoli soup!!

  • Reply
    stella methvin
    February 9, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    My Lobster Chowder or Manhattan Clam chowder

  • Reply
    Allen Gibson
    February 9, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    My favorite soup depends on the weather. When cold outside, I love a good thick egg drop soup. In warmer weather, a good clam or corn chowder is unbeatable.

  • Reply
    Kathryn M
    February 9, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Probably the corn chowder that I make in my slow cooker that has potatoes & Kielbasa in. Super easy to make and so comforting and filling.

  • Reply
    Kimmy Ripley
    February 9, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    I love chicken detox soup with turmeric and ginger!

  • Reply
    Kelsey vinson
    February 9, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Loaded potato soup is a family fav in this house

  • Reply
    Leslie
    February 9, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Hm… favorite soup… gonna have to go with broccoli cheddar!

  • Reply
    Lisa
    February 9, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    Nothing beats Chicken Noodle!

  • Reply
    Treacy Halvorsen
    February 9, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    There’s nothing like a good potato soup, with cheese, bacon, and leeks!

  • Reply
    Barb
    February 9, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    I love squash soup.

  • Reply
    Trisha Musgrave
    February 9, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Homemade chicken and wild rice soup is my favorite!

  • Reply
    Eileen Boyce
    February 9, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    I love vegetable soup with cheese and crackers in it.

  • Reply
    Tabathia B
    February 9, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    chicken tortilla soup

  • Reply
    Juanita May
    February 9, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Cheddar broccoli soup is my favorite.

  • Reply
    nancy gallagher
    February 9, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    French onion, homemade turkey noodle soup and snapper are the only soups I will eat all so yummy

  • Reply
    Molly
    February 9, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    I loveFrench onion soup.

  • Reply
    ae minx
    February 9, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Chicken dumpling! Yum!!

  • Reply
    Jenny Ham
    February 9, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    cauliflower and cheese soup is my all time favorite

  • Reply
    September Fink
    February 9, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    Cheese and Broccoli soup is my favorite.

  • Reply
    Leigh
    February 9, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    New England Clam Chowder

  • Reply
    Dolores Miranda
    February 9, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    I love my home made chicken noodle soup!

  • Reply
    Beth embrey
    February 9, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Homemade loaded potato soup

  • Reply
    stacey
    February 9, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    I like a good hearty vegetable soup

  • Reply
    Amanda G
    February 9, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    My favorite soup is vegetarian vegetable.

  • Reply
    Jenb Eggert
    February 9, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Loaded potato soup

  • Reply
    Tracy Shafer
    February 9, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    My favorite is a thick veggie soup!

  • Reply
    Mandy Bruenger
    February 9, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    Potato soup

  • Reply
    Cassandra D
    February 9, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Cream of celery soup.

  • Reply
    Katherine Lee
    February 9, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    My favorite soup is my mom’s chicken noodle soup!!

  • Reply
    Heather
    February 9, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    I love Tom Kha Gai!

  • Reply
    Christine White
    February 9, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    French onion

  • Reply
    Christina London
    February 9, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    I love chicken noodle soup

  • Reply
    Christina l
    February 9, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    I love chicken noodle soup

  • Reply
    Kit
    February 15, 2018 at 8:10 am

    This soup sounded so good, I had to make it. It tastes as good as it sounds. Fairly easy to make too. Very, very yummy. The bacon and the fried leeks on top are a great touch.

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