This shortcut squash soup is ready in just 20 minutes – but you won’t miss out on any flavor. This soup is packed with nutrition and flavor!

White bowl containing squash soup, garnished with chopped parsley, on dark brown placemat, with spoon. Text overlay reads "shortcut squash soup, ready in under 20 minutes!"

We’ve talked about how much I hate peeling squash. My good friend Liz of The Lemon Bowl was recently here with a solution, great butternut squash soup that doesn’t require the risk of losing a finger.

However — I made it even easier. You don’t get the depth of flavor that you would get from roasting the squash, but this shortcut squash soup more than makes up for that lack because it’s so easy to make! Anyways, you get tons of great flavor from the cumin, one of my favorite spices, and that pretty makes up for anything that might be missed from roasting squash.

This squash soup is so flavorful, and it comes together in 20 minutes! That’s it! That’s why it makes such a great weeknight meal when you’re craving something that’s hot, easy to prepare, and good for you, but you just don’t have much time.  You really can’t beat this shortcut squash soup for ease of preparation. It’s also great on those days when you’re feeling uninspired around lunch time.

Okay, here’s my secret: I start with a little rectangular package of frozen squash. (Side note: that same squash also makes an amazing healthy queso dip – don’t just take my word on it, TRY IT!) It can even still be frozen yet because it will heat up on the stove. Throw that squash brick in the pan and add some broth and cumin. Stir in some Greek yogurt at the end for a nice creamy result – with no guilt!

So there you have it! It’s that easy. This shortcut squash soup is great topped with parsley if you have some in the fridge, or cilantro would be good too. The little pop of freshness from the herbs really brightens up this soup.


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Closeup of squash soup in white bowl with spoon inserted.

Closeup of squash soup in white bowl with spoon inserted.

Shortcut Squash Soup

Yield: Serves 2 as a main dish, 4 as side dish
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

This shortcut squash soup is ready in just 20 minutes - but you won't miss out on any flavor. This soup is packed with nutrition and flavor!


  • 1 (12 ounce) package of frozen cooked squash puree
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth (can use low salt, or no salt added)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley to garnish


  1. Combine squash, chicken broth, cumin, salt and pepper in a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat until squash is thawed and all ingredients are hot.
  2. Remove from burner, whisk in Greek yogurt. Check seasonings and add salt and pepper as needed.
  3. Serve garnished with chopped parsley.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1 of 2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 52Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 855mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 5g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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Verdict: Simple, delicious, and you can feel good about yourself after eating it.
Husband’s take: I made this shortcut squash soup for lunch for myself, so he didn’t actually get a chance to try any.
Changes I would make: None are necessary.
Difficulty: Unbelievably easy.

Overhead of bowl of soup with child's hand sprinkling parsley on the soup.

E thought more parsley was needed.