Roasted Acorn Squash and Leek Soup (With Recipe Linky)

by Denise

Ever since the cool, crisp air of fall arrived, I have been craving all things squash and pumpkin related.  We’ve enjoyed different variations of butternut squash, but I think my family may hurt me if I serve another squash dish.

Fortunately, I was able to slip one more squash dish under their noses after Thanksgiving.  Hubby had planned to serve acorn squash stuffed with apples and dried cranberries for Thanksgiving dinner, but there were so many side dishes.  So the acorn squash got eighty-sixed, though I didn’t want the acorn squash to go to waste.

Much like many of its squash kin, acorn squash makes a wonderful soup.  By simply roasting it and sautéing it with some leeks, this particular soup develops a rich full-bodied flavor that other squash soups lack.

Sprinkle the Roasted Acorn Squash and Leek Soup with a few pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds) and it’s like autumn in a bowl. Thankfully, my family slurped one more squash dish without complaint.  I wonder what other ways I can sneak some more squash into their dinners.

roasted acorn squash and leek soup recipe

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Roasted Acorn Squash and Leek Soup
Recipe type: soup, appetizer
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Serves: 4
A rich, full-bodied acorn squash soup adapted from
  • 2 acorn squash
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • 1 large leek or 2 smaller leeks (about 1 cup), light green and white part only
  • 4 cups fat free, low sodium chicken broth or vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped chives
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Cut acorn squash in half and bake until tender, about 40 - 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and set to side to cool.
  3. As acorn squash sools, chop off dark green ends of the leek and discard. Slice light green and white portion of leek into ¼ inch slices. Wash slices thoroughly under cold water.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large stock pot on a low to medium heat. Sauté leeks in olive oil until tender, about 5 minutes.
  5. When squash is cool enough to handle, use a grapefruit spoon to scoop out seeds. Then, scoop out the flesh from the skin and add to the pot with leeks. Give the squash a few stirs to coat and combine with the leeks.
  6. Add about ⅔ of the chicken stock to the pot. Stir well and simmer about 5 minutes.
  7. Using a hand-held immersion blender, blend the soup until smooth. Add remaining broth and simmer a few more minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Garnish with pepitas and chopped chives.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1¼ cup Calories: 121.8 Fat: 4.9 g Carbohydrates: 19.4 g Sugar: 0.9 Fiber: 5.1 g Protein: 3.9 g

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I am a domestic diva raising three beautiful and brilliant children. Before my blissful life as a SAHM, I taught elementary school for 7 years. I also organize a mommy group on, where I have met the most outstanding women and some of my best friends. Four years ago, I discovered a passion for running. I am currently training for my fourth marathon as well as a variety of other races and triathlons. I aspire to become a published children's author someday. Find me on my blog, Twitter and on Facebook.

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1 Running Betty December 6, 2012 at 8:07 am

That looks awesome, and I would have thought it would take much longer to make. YUM!! I’d like to try adding 1/2 can coconut milk – what do you think Denise?


2 Denise December 6, 2012 at 11:08 am

If you want a sweeter, creamy outcome, then go for it. It’s pretty creamy without it, though. Seriously, yummy!


3 Jenny December 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm

That looks so good!! I always have trouble cutting the squash in half!! What’s the trick???


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