Simple Sausage and Bacon Butternut Squash Soup

Why do we do things that we know aren’t good for ourselves? Like food. Even though we know certain foods don’t agree with us, we continually eat those foods hoping the same thing won’t happen. Thankfully, I don’t really do the food thing anymore. My days of stuffing my face with oreos dipped in peanut butter are sadly behind me. I know gluten isn’t my friend, so I steer clear. I live with a guy now, I can’t be doing that sort of thing. Nawmean? But alcohol is one of those things that I still test out sometimes and then fully regret the next day. I’m a person who enjoys a drink at dinner occasionally or a mimosa at brunch, but when it becomes multiple drinks, I’m f*cked.

We had a Halloween party for our CrossFit gym this past weekend. Everyone dressed up, I did not. I buy a lot of real people clothes and don’t wear them enough since I work from home and rarely even put a bra on. So I thought it was a great excuse to wear my real people clothes. Anyways, we all started drinking at 6pm at the gym and then moved on to a bar that included karaoke. Thank the lord I wasn’t THAT drunk, so I never ended up doing a solo. I was a back up singer instead. An effing awesome one, obviously. So I danced, I drank, I talked really loudly and at a high pitch (my boyfriend told me that later), I got gluten free pizza, and I went home. I was well fed and asleep by 11:30pm. And even though I drank a ton of water, I woke up unhappy, my feet were swollen, and I was grumpy as a grumpy clam. Yep, you heard right, a damn grumpy clam.

I just don’t know how people do anything with their lives when they drink. I don’t like to do anything other than eat. No, not cook, just eat. So I end up spending a bunch of money on just food. I have no idea how I did it in college. Rally on, JB. Rally on. What?

I wish that Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler would make more movies together. I watched Blended a couple weeks ago while out in Pittsburgh then followed it with 50 First Dates. Those two are a match made in romcom heaven. No seriously, I could watch those movies over and over.

You guys. I leave for Pittsburgh again this weekend. It hasn’t even been a full week back in CO yet and I’m already planning what I need to pack to go back out there. If you haven’t heard, I’ve been working on a project out there. And I’ve already made two trips, this will be my third. Usually when I come home from Pittsburgh, I have time to plan for my next trip and prepare more of my project work, but this week is not the case. I want to make sure you guys have plenty of recipes on the blog to hold you over while I finish up this project. I’ve already made 66 recipes for my new project, but since I can’t share it with you quite yet, I need to feed you via blog. Because you’re my favorite.


Simple Sausage and Bacon Butternut Squash Soup

  • Yield: 3-4 1x


  • 1 large butternut squash, cut in half (about 4 cups pureed)
  • 1/21 cup chicken stock
  • 12 teaspoons salt, to preference
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 2 tablespoons fat of choice (coconut oil, ghee, butter)
  • 1 pound sugar free sausage of choice (I used a turkey andouille sausage), sliced
  • fresh or dried parsley, to garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut butternut squash in half lengthwise. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until you can press on the flesh of the butternut squash and it gives.
  3. Let cool for 10 minutes until you can handle the butternut squash
  4. Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees. Place strips of bacon on a baking sheet and bake in oven for 12-15 minutes, until crispy. Remove from oven, place on paper towel, then chop into small pieces.
  5. While bacon is cooking, place a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add fat then add sausage slices and cook on both sides until cooked through.
  6. Lastly, scoop out softened butternut squash from the skin and seeds. Place the squash in a blendtec or blender along with chicken stock, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Using the soup function on your blendetc, puree soup until smooth. Be sure to taste the soup once pureed to see if it needs more salt or even more chicken stock, if you prefer a thinner soup.
  7. Serve soup with bacon, sausage and parsley on top!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


35 thoughts on “Simple Sausage and Bacon Butternut Squash Soup”

  1. I did that with food for years until it was time to get serious and figure out what was bothering me so much. Paleo meals can be so delicious though I rarely miss anything with grains, except maybe bagels sometimes!

    Looks like a delicious fall/winter soup and of course the bacon never hurts 🙂

  2. The alcohol gets me every time, haha. I do not know how people can go out multiple times a month or even week, whew.

    I cannot wait to whip this up this weekend now that the weather is cooling. It looks delicious!! Thanks for sharing Juli!

  3. I totally have every single one of these ingredients at the house!! It’s like pantry utopia for me!! That’s my new phrase…I’ll let you use it if you want because you are like my imaginary cool friend and I’d let my cool friend use that phrase. Lol! Good luck in Pittsburg!h!

  4. Since I turned 21 I haven’t been drinking as much as I used to (weird I know) probably due to the fact that I’m no longer single and hitting up every frat party. And now that I’ve started a healthier diet I’ve stopped enjoying six packs by myself (I’m away for an internship and lots of alone time). Let’s just say that when I return to school and am reunited with my newly 21 year old friends I’ll be screwed!!

    Oh and I am soo making this recipe this weekend! I haven’t had butternut squash soup in so long and it reminds me of home 🙂

  5. Hey Juli! Have read your blog for a long while now. Had to tell you…. Go to Whole Foods, homeopathic section. Anything in excess, such as too much alcohol, or too little sleep, or even a tummy ache from junk food: Nux Vomica 30c Take it every 3 hours until symptoms clear up. Doesn’t usually take more than 1-2 doses. Great stuff!
    Of course if you want to get over your food allergies, go to Joette Calabrese’s website and sign up for her course called “Good Gut Bad Gut”. She’ll teach you the homeopathic cures for food allergies, etc.

  6. You took the words out of my mouth when it comes to drinking! Always always always regret it. Same halloween party situation for me this weekend. So we’ll see if this weekend I do the same or go at it a little smarter. And I also ONLY want to eat food while drunk.

  7. This. Looks. Awesome. Definitely one of the most appealing recipes I’ve seen here in a long time. More please!!

    Feel your pain on the booze thing. I LOVE beer but it’s not the best for my belly. Same story with coffee. Try to keep it in moderation as much as I can, bust sometimes it’s just totally worth it.

  8. Agreed about the alcohol! I actually started a Whole30 a week after turning 21 because I’m over feeling crappy after drinking. I miss the taste of a good beer but definitely not the total unproductiveness that happens the next day!

    Also this soup looks incredible! Definitely going to have to grab some more squash soon 🙂

  9. Oh yeah that soup looks amazing!

    I recently came to terms with the fact hat I am simply too old to drink anymore. In my early twenties, it was nbd, but now even just 2-3 drinks leave me feeling like I’ve been hit by a freight train. It’s not worth it.

  10. Juli I just love your blog!! No matter what the day entails, you always put a smile on my face and a yummy meal in my belly :-)) Promse no matter how famous you get in the big world, you wont stop blogging. I would be ruined. LOL. think Im finally done with the food thing – fingers crossed (been a roll coaster month) but not quite ready to end tie with the alcohol. Baby steps. Good luck in Pittsburgh and safe travels.

    P.S. I love your fashion fridays, probably moreso becaus I have no style. LOL. Those neigh-sayers are just jelaous and so they should be ;-D

  11. Hi Juli! Thank you for yet another bacon recipe! I so love bacon and am making another of your recipes for hubs tonight for his 50th birthday.

  12. I hear the party smart pill you can get at Whole Foods is suppose to work really well for hangovers. You take it before you go out to drink. I have never tried it, though. A lady in line ahead of me was talking about it, and both she and the cashier were saying it really worked.

  13. What brand of sausage do you use and/or where do you find it? I’ve been looking all over town and haven’t found one that’s nitrite-free and sugar-free.

  14. I agree on the food and alcohol thing as well. In college I could drink like fish, and usually not have an issue the next day. Food, that is another story. When I cheat, I try to cheat with foods that I know my stomach can digest easily and as for alcohol, my opinion has changed there. If I have even 2 or 3 drinks now, I feel awful for a few days. It is not worth it every weekend, but every once in a while, like your night out Juli, I think is quite alright! Have to live, right?! Cannot wait to try this recipe, I have yet to make soup that is Paleo and this has bacon!!
    -Courtny 🙂

  15. Gaahhh I LOVE those two movies too!!!!! Have you watched Pretty Little Liars yet? It’s THE best show ever. NK. Sooooo addicting. But do it when your project work is done since you can’t stop watching haha.

  16. Made this last night. It was DELICIOUS!!! I had to add a lot more broth then recipe called for because it was more like pureed squash with only 1 a cup of broth. Easy adjustment though.

  17. Made this last night for dinner with a salad. I think you should rename the recipe to “Oh So Simple, Yet Delicious Sausage & Bacon Butternut Squash Soup”

  18. With the addition of basil, this reminds me of one of my favorite soups that I used to make: split pea. I also added steamed broccoli. Yum!

  19. I made this a couple of nights ago. I used lamb sausage and it was so yummy! It didn’t turn out very soupy even though I added probably double the amount of chicken stock the recipe called for. I also ended up adding some cinnamon to the final product. Overall a yummy dinner! Will probably be making again as the weather gets colder.

  20. This was so delish! I actually blended a couple of pieces of bacon in with the soup. It was awesome, kind of like a loaded potato soup taste, I’m going to make this again and add some onions I think. I so needed this for something different. Thank you!!! PS I used your ridiculously easy crock pot method you use for sweet potatoes to cook the squash in, made the process so simple.

  21. o leftover sausages here as self and GF buy them from our local farm shop in packs of five or three. Packs of five used when we’re both eating and packs of three by myself if she’s doing a late nursing shift.

    No wastage on other meals either as meals are usually cooked from scratch and anything that’s left in the pot goes in the fridge and is either eaten at lunchtime the next day or taken into work and nuked to eat at break time…

  22. This seemed too simple to be tasty and I was weary but I made it. Oh man. I was wrong and you were right. This is amazing and simple and so so good. Thank you!

  23. Just made this tonight! I used the garlic herb chicken sausage from Trader Joe’s and cooked it in ghee, it was so yummy 🙂

  24. This is so good! I added like 2 cups of chicken broth though and some sage (but I don’t think it needed it).

  25. Quick and easy – thanks for the motivation to cook dinner =) I made it with Collards on the side since I had them and I had the bacon fat. I like the simplicity of the soup – next time I might add a red pepper along with the butternut squash for variation or maybe an apple…depending on sausage type.

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