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Chipotle Butternut Squash Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Fall's favorite soup is kicked up! This Chipotle Butternut Squash Soup has the perfect levels of sweetness and spice and is topped with gruyere grilled cheese croutons!
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Course: Entree
Cuisine: American, Eclectric
Keyword: Chipotle, Soup, Squash
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Makes: 4 servings
Author: Sues


  • 5 cups diced butternut squash
  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • Olive oil
  • 2 ½ cups vegetable broth
  • 2-3 whole chipotle peppers (depending on how hot you like it)
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¾ cup coconut milk, plus more for garnish
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • Avocado and basil or cilantro, for garnish
  • Grilled Cheese Croutons, for garnish (see recipe below)

Grilled Cheese Croutons:

  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 slices scali bread (or bread of your choice)
  • ¾ cup grated gruyere cheese


  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil and place diced butternut squash, chopped onions, and garlic in a single layer. Lightly drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, until squash is tender.
  • Put squash, onion, and garlic in a medium-sized pot or dutch oven over medium heat, along with vegetable broth, chipotle peppers, and nutmeg. Stir to combine and cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Puree soup in pot with an immersion blender or pour into a blender to puree until completely smooth.
  • Pour back into pot and bring to a boil before lowering heat to a simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Turn heat off and mix in coconut milk and lime juice.
  • To serve, pour soup into bowls and swirl additional coconut milk on top. Top with diced avocado, chopped basil or cilantro, and grilled cheese croutons.

Grilled Cheese Croutons:

  • Spread butter onto one side of all four slices of bread.
  • Flip two slices over and divide cheese between them. Top each cheese-covered slice of bread with another slice of bread, butter-side up.
  • Place two sandwiches on a skillet over medium heat.
  • Gently press down with a spatula, cooking for about 3 minutes. Flip sandwich and cook for another 3 minutes.
  • Remove sandwiches from skillet and use a serrated knife to cut sandwiches into small squares.
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