Butternut Squash Minestrone Soup

This butternut squash minestrone soup is the perfect winter meal. It’s packed full of hearty vegetables and ham and ready in just about an hour!

This butternut squash minestrone soup is the perfect winter meal. It's packed full of hearty vegetables and ham and ready in just about an hour!

I remember the day I made this soup. It was the first real cold day of winter (which now is laughable because currently it’s so cold the wind freaking hurts my face) and I was craving soup. I wanted something hearty and stick to my ribs but I didn’t want it to take all day to make. While I love a good slow cooker soup I hate that it takes all day long to cook. Then I’m forced to sit around smelling all that deliciousness knowing I can’t eat it until hours later.

So I came up with this soup. It’s full of my favorites things and then topped with a little store bought pesto because I’m a huge fan of flavor. If you have some homemade pesto laying around feel free to use that instead. I personally think my garlic scape pesto would be awesome in this soup!

This butternut squash minestrone soup is the perfect winter meal. It's packed full of hearty vegetables and ham and ready in just about an hour!

This takes just a little over an hour to make and will make your whole houseย smell like heaven. The great thing about this soup is that it’s pretty flexible too. You can keep it vegetarian by using vegetable stock and no ham, if you like acorn squash us that and if you love spinach more that escarole you guessed it – use it! You really can’t go wrong with this soup.

This butternut squash minestrone soup is the perfect winter meal. It's packed full of hearty vegetables and ham and ready in just about an hour!

Oh and when serving I like to keep my pasta out of the soup. I feel like it soaks up all the broth and then the pasta gets all weird. I simply scoop the pasta in my soup bowl and pour the hot soup overtop.

This butternut squash minestrone soup is the perfect winter meal. It's packed full of hearty vegetables and ham and ready in just about an hour!

Looking for more delicious soup recipes? Try my spicy chicken lime soup, New England clam chowder, or my curried lentil vegetable soup.

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Butternut Squash Minestrone Soup

This butternut squash minestrone soup is the perfect winter meal. It's packed full of hearty vegetables and ham and ready in just about an hour!

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups diced ham steak, bite size pieces
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (32 ounce) containers chicken stock
  • 2 cups butternut squash, cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 cups fresh green beans, cut in half
  • 1 smoked ham hock
  • 1 (15 ounce) can cannelloni beans
  • 2 cups packed chopped escarole
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound small pasta, cooked
  • Pesto, store bought

Adapted from BonAppetit

Directions:

In a large soup pot add olive oil and set over medium heat.

Once the oil is hot add in ham, celery and onion. Cook for about 10 minutes over medium heat until the vegetables are soft but not browned. Add in garlic and saute just until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add in chicken stock, butternut squash, green beans and ham hock. Turn the heat up to high, bring it to a boil and then lower the heat back to medium and simmer until the vegetables are just tender. Stir in beans and escarole and stir to just warm the beans and wilt the escarole.

Remove ham hock, taste the soup and season with desired amount of kosher salt and pepper.

To serve: you can add the cooked pasta to the soup OR add pasta to a bowl and pour the hot soup over top. I like doing it the second way so the pasta doesn't soak up all the broth. Then I top with a spoonful of pesto.

Note: If while cooking the soup becomes too thick simply add in more stock until you have reached your desired soupiness. I like a thick soup without a lot of broth so I tend to make them with less broth.

This butternut squash minestrone soup is the perfect winter meal. This simple soup is ready in an hour and packed full of hearty vegetables and ham.

20 Responses to “Butternut Squash Minestrone Soup”

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    Tori — January 6, 2016 at 5:40 am

    Yum! There’s nothing yummier than a cozy soup, but a cozy bowl of soup with butternut sqaush in it TOO, now that’s totally for me!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — January 6, 2016 at 8:23 am

    I’m a little addicted to soups right now, this looks incredible!!

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    Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom — January 6, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Girl, you have no idea how much I would like this for dinner tonight. 3 our of 4 of us are sick and this would certainly help me feel better.

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    Ali @ Home & Plate — January 6, 2016 at 8:33 am

    This is the perfect winter soup. Chock full of veggies, fiber and protein. Love these kinds of meals during the winter months.

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    DessertForTwo — January 6, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Thanks heavens for soup season! YUM!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 6, 2016 at 9:00 am

    That’s seriously my favorite pasta shape so I love this soup even more since it’s in there! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Marye — January 6, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Minestrone is one of my favorite kinds of soup! This looks so good!

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — January 6, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Minestrone is one of my favorite soups and I’m loving the looks of this one! I’ll definitely be needing a bowl here over the next few days with the cold and snow returning.

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    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — January 6, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    This looks so hearty and delicious!! I love the dollop of pesto on top. I like to do that too when I make minestrone ๐Ÿ™‚ HNY!!

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    Chrisy @ Homemade Hooplah — January 6, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    I could SO go for a giant bowl of this right now to help warm up this chilly day! Actually, I think I might just make it ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Amanda | The Chunky Chef — January 6, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    I love the addition of butternut squash here… so hearty!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Beth — January 6, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Pesto in soup? You are a GENIUS! What have I been missing?!

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    Cookin Canuck — January 6, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    I just made a slow cooker vegetable soup, too, and was craving a bowl the whole time it was cooking. Now I need to try yours!

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    Kimberly Ann @ Bake Love Give — January 6, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    So many warm veggies in one bowl! I love the addition of pesto!

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    Serene @ House of Yumm — January 6, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    This definitely looks comforting!! Love all the veggies in there! And why have I not added pesto to my soups before??

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    Megan Keno — January 7, 2016 at 2:51 am

    This looks so hearty and warm! I love the pesto addition!

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    Feestzaal — January 7, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Delicious and healthy recipe. I love Minestrone Soup but I haven’t tried it with butternut. I will definitely try it out tonight itself. Thanks for sharing this recipe and posting ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama — January 7, 2016 at 9:32 am

    This looks like the perfect comfort food for winter! ๐Ÿ™‚ And love that little pasta tip! That’s a great way to keep the pasta in soups from getting all mushy.

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    Liz — February 7, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! I made it last week and it was amazing!! Going to make another batch tonight for weekday prep. We skipped the noodles and used kale.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — February 14th, 2016 @ 10:39 pm

      Hi Liz! I’m so glad you love the soup! It’s a favorite around here and I love the idea of using hearty kale…yum!

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