Creamy Butternut Squash and Parsnip Soup


For a bright zing, stir in lime juice just before serving this butternut squash and parsnip soup.

Creamy Butternut Squash and Parsnip Soup, one of Real Simple's great butternut squash recipes.
Stir in lime juice just before serving for a bright zing. Get the recipe. Photo: Paul Sirisalee
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 serves


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • kosher salt and black pepper

  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 parsnips, chopped

  • 1 butternut squash (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • plain yogurt and lime zest, for serving


  1. Heat the oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add the onion, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the broth, parsnips, squash, and 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the squash is tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Working in batches, puree in a blender until smooth. Stir in the lime juice.

  2. Serve topped with the yogurt, lime zest, and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

219 Calories
8g Fat
35g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 219
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 396mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 7g
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 1mg 6%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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