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Autumn Squash Soup Panera Copycat (Easy & Vegan)

Easy autumn squash soup Panera copycat is rich, nutritious, comforting, and delicious! This healthy butternut squash soup recipe is sweet, savory, and creamy. This soup is vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and stress-free. A perfect Panera copycat autumn squash soup loaded with butternut squash, celery, ginger, onions, pumpkin puree, coconut milk, vegetable broth, and more! #Butternutsquashsoup #Butternutsquash #soup #Panerasquashsoup #Autumnsquashsoup #fall #winter #glutenfree #vegan

Easy autumn squash soup Panera copycat is rich, nutritious, comforting, and satisfyingly delicious while being vegan! This healthy butternut squash soup recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and stress-free (yes, cos it is super easy to make)! Truly my version of autumn squash soup Panera copycat is loaded with all the good things – butternut squash (well, obviously)! Celery, ginger, onions, pumpkin puree, coconut milk, vegetable broth, and a secret ingredient; TURMERIC! I added turmeric because of its health benefits; though it is optional, I highly recommend it!

This healthy butternut squash soup, aka autumn squash soup Panera copycat, is delightfully sweet, savory, creamy, and satisfying. The combination of veggies, spices, and herbs makes this soup rich and flavorful! The sweetness from the apple and maple syrup greatly complements the broth! Listen, this will become your new BEST butternut squash soup recipe!

Easy autumn squash soup Panera copycat is rich, nutritious, comforting, and delicious! This healthy butternut squash soup recipe is sweet, savory, and creamy. This soup is vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and stress-free. A perfect Panera copycat autumn squash soup loaded with butternut squash, celery, ginger, onions, pumpkin puree, coconut milk, vegetable broth, and more! #Butternutsquashsoup #Butternutsquash #soup #Panerasquashsoup #Autumnsquashsoup #fall #winter #glutenfree #vegan

BEST Panera Inspired Autumn Squash Soup!

I made this version of autumn squash soup Panera copycat (in August) when my kids were down with a little fever last month. They had just returned to school after summer, and within three days, they came down with cold and fever symptoms. I excluded cream, a regular feature in Panera Bread’s autumn squash soup. However, I compensated in other ways that greatly enhanced the soup. I used coconut milk, and it was perfect!

Vegan squash soup recipe is rich, nutritious, comforting, and satisfyingly delicious! This healthy butternut squash soup recipe is loaded with all the vegetables that are great for you. Click To Tweet
Easy autumn squash soup Panera copycat is rich, nutritious, comforting, and delicious! This healthy butternut squash soup recipe is sweet, savory, and creamy. This soup is vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and stress-free. A perfect Panera copycat autumn squash soup loaded with butternut squash, celery, ginger, onions, pumpkin puree, coconut milk, vegetable broth, and more! #Butternutsquashsoup #Butternutsquash #soup #Panerasquashsoup #Autumnsquashsoup #fall #winter #glutenfree #vegan

Turmeric in Autumn Squash Soup?

Yes! It’s a big yes for me when it comes to adding turmeric to this squash soup recipe. Initially, I swapped out curry powder for ground turmeric primarily due to its health benefits. Then, I fell in love with the vibrancy of turmeric; I love the color! Ground turmeric is my secret Panera autumn squash soup hack! Well, it’s no secret anymore. I just let it out of the bag! 

Gladly, I used authentic ground turmeric from Spice Tribe (I love it!)! It is no longer secret that I love using Spice Tribe products. They source their herbs and spices directly from the local farmers, and they support local communities. Learn more about this company.

Easy autumn squash soup Panera copycat is rich, nutritious, comforting, and delicious! This healthy butternut squash soup recipe is sweet, savory, and creamy. This soup is vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and stress-free. A perfect Panera copycat autumn squash soup loaded with butternut squash, celery, ginger, onions, pumpkin puree, coconut milk, vegetable broth, and more! #Butternutsquashsoup #Butternutsquash #soup #Panerasquashsoup #Autumnsquashsoup #fall #winter #glutenfree #vegan

Why I love this Autumn Squash Soup Recipe:

  • No Roasting
  • Easy to make
  • Healthy
  • Plant-based
  • Comforting
  • Dairy-free
  • Refined sugar-free
  • BEST vegan version of autumn squash soup Panera!

Tools you will need:

  • Immersion Hand Blender (don’t sweat over it, you can use a regular blender)
  • Sharp Knife (for chopping all the veggies; well, obviously you will need a good knife to peel butternut squash)

INGREDIENTS FOR AUTUMN SQUASH SOUP PANERA:

  • Fresh Butternut squash (well, obviously)
  • Vegetable broth
  • Coconut milk
  • Celery stalk
  • Apple
  • Carrots 
  • Pumpkin puree (I used homemade pumpkin puree)
  • Fresh ginger
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Fresh thyme
  • Turmeric 
  • Cinnamon 
  • Bay leaves
  • Maple syrup
  • Vegetable bouillon
  • Coconut oil (or olive oil)
  • Fresh chives 
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste 
Ingredients for butternut squash soup recipe

HOW TO MAKE THIS HEALTHY AUTUMN SQUASH SOUP (step-by-step)

  1. Wash and cut/chop all the vegetables
  2. Place a clean pan on the stove on medium heat, and add the coconut oil. Allow to warm up and then add chopped onions, and then sprinkle some salt. 
  3. Cook 2 – 3 minutes to soften, and add the chopped carrots, celery stalk, apples. Stir and cook for 3 minutes and add the chopped butternut squash. Stir very well to combine.
  4. Add the maple syrup and stir again. Sprinkle some bouillon powder, turmeric, and cinnamon; stir to combine again. Cook for 2 minutes
  5. Throw in the garlic cloves, sprigs of thyme, and bay leaves. Grate in some fresh ginger as well. 
  6. Add the vegetable broth, gently ensure the vegetables are soaked in the broth. Then cover and cook; check the soup in about 20 minutes (it should be bubbling hot!)
  7. Stir in the coconut milk and pumpkin puree. Cover and cook for another 5 – 10 minutes or until everything is soft and tender. Taste for flavors and adjust as needed.
  8. Remove from the stove. Take out the bay leaves and sprigs of time before blending the soup with with a hand blender or a regular blender.
  9. To serve, top with some chopped chives and pumpkin seeds. You can add a dollop of coconut yogurt. We had this delicious autumn squash soup Panera copycat with toasted sourdough bread and homemade biscuits. So good! 
HOW TO MAKE THIS HEALTHY BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP (step-by-step)

Similarities & Differences Between this Soup and Panera’s 

This recipe is inspired by Panera Bread’s autumn squash soup no doubt; however, here is how I made it a little different from Panera’s.

  • Panera uses honey, but I choose organic original maple syrup. 
  • Relatively, Panera uses cream, but I opted for coconut milk.
  • Subsequently, Panera Bread uses apple juice; however, I used a whole apple.
  • Also, I didn’t use curry because I used turmeric. I addition, I added ginger, bar leaf, and thyme. These added spices and herbs equally brought tons of flavors and health benefits! You can swap back to the original ingredients that Panera uses as you are in charge!
Easy autumn squash soup Panera copycat is rich, nutritious, comforting, and delicious! This healthy butternut squash soup recipe is sweet, savory, and creamy. This soup is vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and stress-free. A perfect Panera copycat autumn squash soup loaded with butternut squash, celery, ginger, onions, pumpkin puree, coconut milk, vegetable broth, and more! #Butternutsquashsoup #Butternutsquash #soup #Panerasquashsoup #Autumnsquashsoup #fall #winter #glutenfree #vegan

Butternut Squash Soup FAQs

What is butternut squash soup made of?

Squash soup or butternut squash soup primarily comprises butternut squash and other vegetables, herbs, and spices. I made this squash soup using butternut squash (well, obviously). Vegetable broth, coconut milk, celery stalk, apple, carrots, pumpkin puree (I used homemade pumpkin puree), and more make up this soup.

What does butternut squash soup taste like?

This healthy butternut squash soup, aka autumn squash soup Panera copycat, is delightfully sweet, savory, creamy, and satisfying. The combination of veggies, spices, and herbs makes this soup rich and flavorful! The sweetness from the apple and maple syrup greatly complements the broth!

What do you eat with butternut soup?

We ate this butternut soup with toasted sourdough bread and biscuits. You can also pair it with crackers, salad or just have it by itself as an appetizer.

Is autumn squash soup good for you?

Yes, autumn squash soup, also known as butternut squash soup, is generally great for you! Most squash soup recipes are low in fat, high in fiber, and packed with nutritious vegetables! Additionally, this butternut squash soup Panera copycat is healthier, vegan, and gluten-free!

How many calories are in a Panera Autumn Squash Soup Bowl?

A bowl of vegetarian autumn squash soup from Panera Bread is 340 calories. On the other hand, my version (this recipe) is only 215 calories!

Is Panera Autumn Squash Gluten free?

Yes, Panera autumn squash soup is gluten free. Also, this copycat recipe is gluten-free + vegan.

When Does Autumn Squash Soup come back to Panera?

Just as the name suggests, Panera Bread’s Autumn squash soup is typically available in most Panera Bread Cafes in the Autumn/Fall. By the way, we all know that Autumn is Fall, right? 
On the other hand, you might find this soup all year round in the freezer (soup) section of your grocery store. Look out for “Panera at Home.”

Easy autumn squash soup Panera copycat is rich, nutritious, comforting, and delicious! This healthy butternut squash soup recipe is sweet, savory, and creamy. This soup is vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and stress-free. A perfect Panera copycat autumn squash soup loaded with butternut squash, celery, ginger, onions, pumpkin puree, coconut milk, vegetable broth, and more! #Butternutsquashsoup #Butternutsquash #soup #Panerasquashsoup #Autumnsquashsoup #fall #winter #glutenfree #vegan
Panera Bread copycat autumn squash soup is dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and stress-free (yes, cos its super easy to make)! You won’t believe that this version of autumn squash soup is vegan, too! Click To Tweet

HOW TO MAKE AUTUMN SQUASH SOUP PANERA COPYCAT

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Easy autumn squash soup Panera copycat is rich, nutritious, comforting, and delicious! This healthy butternut squash soup recipe is sweet, savory, and creamy. This soup is vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and stress-free. A perfect Panera copycat autumn squash soup loaded with butternut squash, celery, ginger, onions, pumpkin puree, coconut milk, vegetable broth, and more! #Butternutsquashsoup #Butternutsquash #soup #Panerasquashsoup #Autumnsquashsoup #fall #winter #glutenfree #vegan

Autumn Squash Soup Panera Copycat (Easy Vegan Recipe)


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Easy autumn squash soup Panera copycat is rich, nutritious, comforting, and satisfyingly delicious while being vegan! This healthy butternut squash soup recipe is delightfully sweet, savory, and creamy. It is dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and stress-free (yes, cos it is super easy to make)! This perfect Panera copycat autumn squash soup is loaded with all the good things – butternut squash, celery, ginger, onions, pumpkin puree, coconut milk, vegetable broth, and more! I added turmeric because of its health benefits.

The combination of veggies, spices, and herbs makes this soup rich and flavorful! The sweetness from the apple and maple syrup greatly complements the vegetable broth!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 Butternut squash or (about 4 cups chopped butternut squash)
  • 4 cups of Vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 Celery stalk
  • 1 Apple
  • 2 medium size carrots 
  • 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree (I used homemade pumpkin puree)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Freshly grated ginger
  • 1 bulb of Onions
  • 4 cloves of Garlic
  • 3 sprigs of Fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of Turmeric (I used the one from Spice Tribe)
  • A dash of Cinnamon 
  • 3 Bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons of Maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of Vegetable bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons of Coconut oil 
  • 2 tablespoons of Fresh chives 
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

Instructions

  1. Wash and cut/chop all the vegetables
  2. Place a clean pan on the stove on medium heat, and add the coconut oil. Allow to warm up and then add chopped onions, and then sprinkle some salt. 
  3. Cook 2 – 3 minutes to soften, and add the chopped carrots, celery stalk, apples. Stir and cook for 3 minutes and add the chopped butternut squash. Stir very well to combine.
  4. Add the maple syrup and stir again. Sprinkle some bouillon powder, turmeric, and cinnamon; stir to combine again. Cook for 2 minutes
  5. Throw in the garlic cloves, sprigs of thyme, and bay leaves. Grate in some fresh ginger as well. 
  6. Add the broth, gently ensure the vegetables are soaked in the broth. Then cover and cook; check the soup in another 20 minutes (it should be bubbling hot!)
  7. Stir in the coconut milk and pumpkin puree. Cover and cook for another 5 – 10 minutes or until everything is soft and tender. Taste for flavors and adjust as needed.
  8. Remove from the stove. Take out the bay leaves and sprigs of time before using a hand blender to blend.
  9. To serve, top with some chopped chives and pumpkin seeds. You can add a dollop of coconut yogurt. We had this delicious autumn squash soup Panera copycat with toasted sourdough bread. So good!

Notes

Use a regular blender to blend if you do not have a hand blender. Just be careful, remember the soup is hot. Blend bit by bit; do not fill it up. Please avoid hot splashes.

Turmeric is optional but necessary (in my opinion). I used it instead of curry.

Reduce the amount of broth used if want a thicker consistency. We generally enjoy light soups here. Use may be 2 – 3 cups of vegetable broth instead of 4 cups!

Be careful not to over salt this soup; I had to only add minimal salt because the broth was well salted. Also, the vegetable bouillon is salty.  

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Soup, Winter, Butternut squash, Butternut squash soup, Butternut squash, healthy squash soup, Panera squash soup, Panera copycat, Autumn squash soup, Vegetarian autumn squash soup, Butternut squash soup recipe, pumpkin soup, Fall soup, Fall recipe, Fall season, gluten-free, vegan

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Easy autumn squash soup Panera copycat is rich, nutritious, comforting, and delicious! This healthy butternut squash soup recipe is sweet, savory, and creamy. This soup is vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and stress-free. A perfect Panera copycat autumn squash soup loaded with butternut squash, celery, ginger, onions, pumpkin puree, coconut milk, vegetable broth, and more! #Butternutsquashsoup #Butternutsquash #soup #Panerasquashsoup #Autumnsquashsoup #fall #winter #glutenfree #vegan

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30 Comments
  1. This was an awesome Panara copycat! This autumn squash soup Panera copycat was easy to make and tasted almost the same as I remember. Have a great day!!

  2. Made this over the weekend and it was so delicious! Easy to make and so flavorful. Definitely will make this soup over and over this winter. YUM!

  3. This is fall in a bowl! Love that it’s full of healthy ingredients and my kids have no idea!

  4. This soup has just the right balance of sweet and savory flavors. I love the coconut milk in it! So cozy and delicious!

  5. Those first few colds after school starts can be so rough on kids! I’m glad they had this homemade soup to help them feel better and I agree, adding coconut milk is perfect! I love a good Panera copycat recipe so I know I’m going to love this one.

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