This creamy butternut squash soup does not contain actual bats. I feel like it’s important to get that out of the way right away for many reasons. Nope, this delicious and hearty homemade soup is just decorated for Halloween, but perfect all season.
Using the same pasta as the Halloween pasta salad, add some eyes to create cute bats for a Halloween soup. Serve this butternut squash soup for a Halloween treat that might look like a trick!
Creamy Butternut Squash Soup with Pasta Bats
Whether you’re warming up after some trick or treating fun, or fueling up before you hit the streets with your ghouls, this soup will warm the bellies of your whole family.
This is a pretty easy recipe for butternut squash soup that you can make anytime of the year. The pasta bat topping is cute for Halloween, but not essential to the recipe.
Butternut Squash Soup Ingredients
Here’s what you need to make this recipe. The measurements are in the recipe card below.
For the soup:
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Butternut squash
- Chicken broth
- Cream cheese
For the pasta bats:
- Bowtie pasta
- Black food coloring
Butternut Squash Soup Recipe Directions
For the soup:
In a dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
Sauté the onion in the heated oil and cook until tender and transparent.
Add the garlic and cook for one additional minute.
Add the butternut squash and the chicken broth.
Cover and simmer for 25 minutes or until the squash is tender.
Allow the soup to cool before puréeing in a blender or a food processor.
Return the soup to the pan and heat.
Add the cream cheese, salt, and pepper and stir until fully incorporated.
For the pasta bats:
Prepare the pasta as per the box directions.
Rinse the pasta under water to cool, then place it in a large ziplock bag.
Add black food coloring and move the pasta around until it is fully coated.
Allow it to sit for 5 minutes.
Place the dyed pasta in a strainer and rinse until the water runs clear.
Create the eyes with leftover cream cheese and peppercorns or pasta pieces for the pupils.
Place the pasta bats on top of the soup before serving.
Bat Butternut Squash Soup Recipe Notes and FAQ
What to serve with butternut squash soup.
Butternut squash soup is delicious with warm crusty bread with butter, crackers, or croutons. Wheat bread with honey butter is another tasty option.
How do I store the soup leftovers?
Store leftover soup in an airtight container. You can also add it to a freezer bag to freeze and thaw it out later. Be sure to write the date and any other important info on the bag.
What are the benefits of butternut squash?
Butternut squash is high in vitamin A, which is beneficial to skin and vision health. It also has a lot of potassium, which is an electrolyte mineral that helps maintain blood pressure levels.
- 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 cups cubed butternut squash
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup bowtie pasta
- ½ cup water
- Black Food Coloring
- Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a dutch oven.
- Add the onion to the oil and sauté until tender and transparent.
- Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
- Add the butternut squash and chicken broth. Cover and simmer for 25 minutes or until the squash is tender.
- Allow the soup to cool a bit before adding to a blender or food processor to purée.
- Return the puréed soup to the pan and heat. Add the cream cheese, salt, and pepper and stir until combined.
- Prepare the pasta according to the instructions on the box.
- Rinse the pasta under water to cool. Then place it in a large ziplock bag.
- Add black food coloring to the bag and swish the pasta around until it's fully coated.
- Let it sit for 5 minutes.
- Place the dyed pasta in a strainer and rinse until the water runs clear.
- Create eyes on the pasta with the leftover cream cheese and peppercorns or pieces of the pasta for pupils.
- Serve the pasta bats on top of the soup.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 242Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 850mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 6gSugar: 6gProtein: 7g
Nutrition facts are an estimate only.
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