Copycat Panera Autumn Squash Soup

This Panera autumn squash soup is the perfect fall recipe! It has a velvety smooth consistency, is made completely in a slow cooker, and is filled with some of the best fall produce.

A white bowl on a brown wooden board with orange butternut squash soup in it with pumpkin seeds sprinkled on top.

If you know me at all at this point, you know I love soup! I could eat it for every meal and be completely happy.

Soup is such a seasonal food and can be made year round in so many different variations as the produce changes. And this butternut squash soup is perfect for the fall season! It’s filled with some of the best fall produce such as pureed pumpkin, butternut squash, carrots, and onions.

This recipe came about after trying Panera Bread’s classic squash soup. I thought it was too delicious to not try and whip up my own version of it!

The flavors of this soup are sweet & savory, the consistency is perfectly creamy, and it’s all made easy in a slow cooker. So you’ll find this soup to not only be delicious but very easy to make! All around a win-win situation.

Ingredients You Need

You’ll need just 10 ingredients to make this slow cooker soup happen. Here’s everything you need: carrots, pureed pumpkin, vegetable broth, yellow onion, coconut sugar, salt & pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic cloves, coconut milk, and butternut squash.

Ingredients for butternut squash soup arranged on white counter.

How to Make Panera Autumn Squash Soup

  • First, prepare vegetables. Then add all of ingredients (minus milk) to slow cooker.
  • Stir ingredients together, cover, and cook in a slow cooker/crockpot for 5 hours on LOW or 3 hours on HIGH.
  • When soup is finished cooking, use a hand-immersion blender or high-powered blend and puree soup until a smooth consistency.
  • Serve with a drizzle of almond milk, pumpkin seeds, and additional seasonings.

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  • Use homemade broth: whenever I have it on hand, I love using homemade vegetable broth in this recipe to elevate the flavor even more.
  • Use a blender to puree soup: if you don’t have a hand-immersion blender, use a high-powdered blender to puree the soup (you may have to do several batches depending on the size).
  • Additional spices you can add: to add a little bit more herbs and spices to your soup we recommend a pinch of curry powder, sage, rosemary, thyme, or ground ginger.

hand holding spoon in a white bowl of orange butternut squash soup on a brown wooden board.

How to Store Leftovers & Freeze

Keep leftovers fresh: store soup in airtight container in fridge for 3-4 days for ultimate freshness.

Freeze: store cooled soup in an airtight container or freezer-friendly ziplock bag for up to 2 months. Thaw at room temperature and reheat.

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A white bowl of orange butternut squash soup with pumpkin seeds on top.

Copycat Panera Autumn Squash Soup

4.83 from 23 votes

This Panera autumn squash soup is the perfect fall recipe! It has a velvety smooth consistency, is made completely in a slow cooker, and is filled with some of the best fall produce.

Servings 6 people
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 5 hrs
Total Time: 5 hrs 10 mins

Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Tags: butternut squash soup, panera autumn squash soup, slow cooker butternut squash soup
Freezer Friendly: Yes
Calories: 91 kcal
Author: Bethany Kramer

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1 medium-large butternut squash peeled and cubed
  • 2-3 carrots peeled and chopped (or a little over 1 cup)
  • 1/2 15 oz. can organic pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tbsp coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cracked pepper
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch of cayenne *optional
  • pumpkin seeds for topping *optional

Instructions

  1. Prepare vegetables: peel squash and cut into 1-2 inch cubes. Cut heads of carrots off and slice into 1/2-inch thick pieces. Peel onion and slice into pieces.

  2. Cook: Add all of ingredients (except almond milk) to slow cooker/crock pot – vegetable broth, onion, squash, carrots, pumpkin puree, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, pinch of cayenne, and salt & pepper. Mix ingredients together. Set slow cooker time for 5 hours on LOW or 3 hours on HIGH.

  3. Puree soup: after soup has cooked, use a hand-immersion blender or high-powered blender to blend soup until creamy and smooth.

  4. Season to taste and serve: before serving soup, taste it and adjust with salt & back pepper or additional spice if desired. Stir in 1/2 cup coconut milk and then serve with pumpkin seeds, cracked black pepper, and a sprinkle of coconut sugar if desired.

Notes

Keep leftovers fresh: store soup in airtight container in fridge for 3-4 days for ultimate freshness.

Freeze: store cooled soup in an airtight container or freezer-friendly ziplock bag for up to 2 months. Thaw at room temperature and reheat.

Nutrition Facts
Copycat Panera Autumn Squash Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 91 Calories from Fat 5
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.6g1%
Sodium 746.2mg31%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Sugar 9.4g10%
Protein 1.7g3%
Vitamin A 93IU2%
Vitamin C 25mg30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Bethany Kramer

Bethany Kramer is a home cook, recipe developer, and dog mom. She found a deep love for food and nutrition after learning to cook from her mom at eight years old. Since then she’s been developing and sharing recipes from her own kitchen that are bold in flavor and nourishing to the body!

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