Homemade Air Fryer Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Soup is one of my favorite meals when the weather turns chilly. There’s nothing like a bowl of warm comfort to shake off the cold. Did you know you can make your soup even easier with the help of an air fryer? Today I’m making air fryer roasted butternut squash soup and it’s so good.

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Why You Want This Recipe

Your air fryer is great at caramelizing and browning veggies, which makes it ideal for squash. You’ll get that nutty flavor, creamy texture, and perfectly roasted squash for your soup with very little effort.

Then, it’s just a quick blending with liquids and your soup is ready to enjoy in under 30 minutes! It’s perfect for a weeknight dinner when paired with a sandwich or salad. I love to make a batch and then reheat it for lunch throughout the week because it’s so good!

If you want to see what else your air fryer can do for squash, make sure to check out my compilation of the Best Air Fryer Butternut Squash Recipes for more options!

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 1 pound butternut squash (approximately ½ a medium sized squash)
  • ½ onion (white or yellow), cut into quarters
  • 1 bulb garlic (top sliced off)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp curry powder 
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 cups stock (chicken or vegetable)
  • ¼ cup heavy cream or half and half
  • Additional toppings as desired

Ingredient Tips and Swaps

  • This air fryer roasted butternut squash soup recipe easily doubles (or more) if you want to use up the whole squash at once. Alternatively, you could use the other half for these tasty air fryer butternut squash fries!
  • If you don’t like curry powder, substitute paprika instead 
  • Honey may be substituted by a peeled, cubed pear or apple for sweetness 
  • This recipe works well with non-dairy milk such as coconut milk if you want to keep it vegetarian or vegan friendly
  • Add additional cream and/or stock if you would like a thinner consistency, reduce stock to 1 ½ cups if you’d like a thicker consistency
  • Suggested additional topping ideas: pepitas, pomegranate seeds, pumpkin seeds, roasted squash seeds, yogurt, creme fraiche, sour cream, chives, croutons

How to Make Air Fryer Roasted Butternut Squash Soup:

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 375°F
ingredients butternut squash, onions, and garlic for soup
  1. Peel, de-seed, and cube 1 pound of butternut squash (approximately ½ a medium-sized squash) into around 1” cubes
peel, seed, and cube butternut squash
  1. Add squash cubes, ½ a white or sweet onion (cut into quarters), and a garlic bulb (top sliced off) to the preheated air fryer basket
add cubed butternut squash, onion, and garlic to air fryer basket
  1. Drizzle vegetables with 2 Tbsp olive oil, making sure to oil the garlic bulb well
drizzle vegetables in air fryer basket with olive oil
  1. Season with 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp curry powder, ¼ tsp black pepper, ¼ tsp cumin, and a pinch of cayenne pepper
season squash with salt, pepper, curry powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper
  1. Air fry for 20-30 minutes at 375°F, stopping to shake the basket halfway through, or until vegetables are browned on the edges and soft (a fork should pierce the squash easily)
air fry butternut squash until cubes begin to brown
  1. Squeeze half the garlic (approx 4-5 cloves) out. You can use the rest for another recipe, or add it all if you really love garlic. 
halfway through cooking squeeze out half the garlic
  1. Then, transfer vegetables to a blender, food processor, or bowl for use with a stick (immersion) blender
once squash is air fried transfer basket contents to blender
  1. Add 1 Tbsp honey to the squash mix
add honey to squash mix in blender
  1. Pulse mixture until smooth
blend squash puree until smooth to your preference
  1. To the butternut squash puree, add 2 cups stock (chicken or vegetable) and ¼ cup heavy cream or half and half (or non-dairy alternative) and blend
  2. Taste and add additional salt or pepper if desired
  3. For a warmer soup, you may heat it again on the stovetop or in the microwave
  4. Top with sour cream, creme fraiche, yogurt and/or your favorite crunchy toppings
add your favorite crunch toppings to fresh roasted air fryer butternut squash soup

What to Serve With Butternut Squash Soup

  • Green salad 
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Dinner rolls
  • Sourdough
  • Other breads
  • Soft pretzels
  • Sandwiches
  • Pepitas 
  • Croutons
  • Cubed apples
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Pecans
  • Cooked bacon
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Fried shallots
  • Roasted pork
  • Turkey

Whether a topping or a side, there are a lot of great options for what to serve with butternut squash soup!

Try your bowl of air fryer butternut squash soup topped with my Crispy Air Fryer Croutons or Honey Roasted Pecans in the Air Fryer.

Alternatively, serve with a side of Frozen Pretzels in the Air Fryer, Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts With Bacon, or these easy Air Fryer Turkey Sliders.

Recipe FAQs

How Long Does it Take to Cook Butternut Squash in the Air Fryer?

In cubed form, it takes about 20-25 minutes to cook butternut squash in the air fryer.

Compared to an average of 45+ minutes to roast squash in the oven, this is a significant time saving option.

Can You Eat Butternut Squash Skin?

You can eat butternut squash skin.

However, it can be rather tough, so many opt to remove it. It doesn’t always get caught up in the blender either, so you’ll end up with patches of squash skin in your soup.

If you’re just cubing it and roasting it to put on a salad or in with other cubed veggies, though, it’s fine to leave the skin on to cut down on prep.

Expert Recipe Tips

  • The stick blender method will give you a more chunky consistency, while the full size blender and food processor will make a smoother soup. Make sure to not fill the blender more than ⅔ full to prevent a soup eruption! Do it in batches if needed.
  • You may not need to reheat the soup again, depending how quick you are to add the liquid ingredients, but if you like a really warm-to-hot cup, then I recommend heating it again. This soup also reheats well for lunches throughout the week!
  • Actual cooking time largely depends on the actual size of your cubes, how much you pack your air fryer basket, and the power of your air fryer. My Ninja Foodi Dual Zone air fryer took about 25 minutes to get my squash cubes browned
homemade butternut squash soup in the air fryer

More Air Fryer Soup Recipes to Try

Final Thoughts

This air fryer roasted butternut squash soup is so easy to make and gives you that perfectly caramelized flavor and texture you want from your squash. I love that it’s easily adaptable to be a lunch or dinner with the addition of some bread, a salad, or panini to go with it.

Scale it up to feed your whole crew, or pack the leftovers in the fridge. I love to make a big batch and then heat it up for quick and easy work lunches. Since butternut squash is relatively healthy, too, it’s something I can feel good about enjoying!

For even more tasty squash ideas, check out these air fryer roasted butternut squash slices!

If you enjoyed this recipe, make sure to check some of the other Best Air Fryer Soup Recipes that you can try out!

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Air Fryer Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

This roasted butternut squash soup gets excellent flavor from sweet, caramelized squash cooked perfectly in your air fryer.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine Soup, Vegetarian
Servings 4
Calories 182 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Pound butternut squash (approximately ½ a medium sized squash)
  • ½ Onion (white or yellow preferred) cut into quarters
  • 1 Bulb garlic top sliced off
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Curry powder
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin
  • Pinch cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Cups stock (chicken or vegetable)
  • ¼ Cup heavy cream or half and half
  • Toppings as desired

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 375°F
  • Peel (using a peeler), de-seed (with a spoon), and slice butternut squash using a Chef's knife on a cutting board into around 1” cubes
    1 Pound butternut squash
  • Add squash cubes, onion quarters, and the garlic bulb to the preheated air fryer basket
    ½ Onion (white or yellow preferred), 1 Bulb garlic
  • Drizzle vegetables in air fryer basket with olive oil, making sure to oil the garlic bulb well
    2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Season with the salt, curry powder, black pepper, cumin, and cayenne pepper
    1 tsp Salt, 1 tsp Curry powder, ¼ tsp Black pepper, 1/4 tsp Cumin, Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Air fry for 20 minutes at 375°F, stopping to shake the basket halfway through, or until vegetables are browned on the edges and soft (add additional time as needed)
  • Squeeze half the garlic (approx 4-5 cloves) out. Save the rest for another recipe or add all of it if you really love garlic
  • Then, transfer vegetables to a blender, food processor, or bowl for use with a stick (immersion) blender
  • Add honey to the squash mix
    1 Tbsp honey
  • Pulse mixture with blender or appliance of choice until smooth
  • To the butternut squash puree, add your stock and heavy cream or half and half and blend again
    2 Cups stock, ¼ Cup heavy cream or half and half
  • Taste and add additional salt, pepper, or cayenne if desired
  • For a warmer soup, you may heat it again on the stovetop or in the microwave
  • Top with sour cream, creme fraiche, yogurt and/or your favorite crunchy toppings
    Toppings as desired

Notes

  • This recipe easily doubles if you want to use the entire squash, onion, and garlic bulb up at once (but it will make a lot of soup!) – it does reheat well
  • Cook time largely depends on the actual size of your cubes, how much you pack your air fryer basket, and the power of your air fryer. My Ninja Foodi Dual Zone took about 25 minutes to get my squash cubes browned
  • If you don’t like curry powder, substitute paprika in place of it
  • The honey may be substituted by half of a pear or apple that’s been peeled and diced, and coconut milk is a great replacement for the cream if you want to make this recipe vegan-friendly
  • Add additional cream and/or stock if you would like a thinner consistency, reduce stock to 1 ½ cups if you’d like a thicker consistency
  • Topping ideas: pepitas, pomegranate seeds, pumpkin seeds, roasted squash seeds, yogurt, crème fraiche, sour cream, chives, croutons
  • Serve with bread, a side salad, or a panini for a complete meal!
  • Nutrition facts will vary based on specific ingredients used, so please consider this a rough guideline

Nutrition

Serving: 304gCalories: 182kcalCarbohydrates: 25.8gProtein: 2.3gFat: 10.3gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 955mgPotassium: 562mgFiber: 3.5gSugar: 9.1gCalcium: 95mgIron: 2mg
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