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30+ Best Breads for Butternut Squash Soup (2023)

Craving bread with a bowl of soup? You will love this list of the best bread for butternut squash soup. Bread bowls, rolls, breadsticks, and more.

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Two bowls of butternut squash soup with crusty bread on the side.

When creamy butternut squash soup is on the menu, you need a side of bread. Bread is the most popular soup side dish, with good reason.

What bread goes with butternut squash soup? The best breads for butternut squash soup are bread bowls to hold the soup, breadsticks to dip into soup, crusty bread to mop up the soup, or croutons to top soup.

Countless bread recipes pair well with the soup. Read this list to get your creative juices flowing.

You may also be interested in the best side dishes for butternut squash soup. The list includes breads, sandwiches, salads, finger foods, and toppings.


Bread Bowl

Bread bowl filled with butternut squash soup.

Bread bowls are perfect for soup. They are the bowl that doesn’t need washing up and a side dish all in one.

You can usually buy bread bowls in your grocery store bakery during cooler months. However, order them ahead to be sure of their availability.

Or use a bread bowl substitute. Many round breads can be used as a bread bowl. Even certain dinner rolls, like ciabatta rolls, can be used. Cut the top off and hollow the bread out.

Wondering what to do with the extra bread? Use it to thicken soup.

Check out this post on the best bread for any soup. You will like the list.



Butternut squash soup in a cup with breadsticks.

Nothing beats breadsticks for dunking into soup. They are perfectly shaped to go from soup to mouth.

Choose either soft or crunchy breadsticks for your bowl of butternut squash soup. Get recipe.

Cheese Straws

Container of cheese straws.

This is cheesy bread, if ever there was one. Sharp cheddar cheese baked with flour and butter. Nothing goes better with soup. Get recipe.

Homemade Pretzels

Homemade pretzels with salt.

Soft homemade pretzels are delicious dipped in butternut squash soup. The pretzels will be toasty brown if you drop them in boiling water with food-grade lye before baking them.

You can substitute a soda water dip instead of lye, but they won’t bake as brown. Get recipe.

Ciabatta Bread

Bread board with ciabatta bread.

Ciabatta’s crisp, chewy crust and soft, airy interior is perfect as soup’s partner. You will be glad it is at the dinner table, whether it’s a roll or a slice of ciabatta. Get recipe.

Garlic Knots

Garlic knots on a cooling tray.

If you thought garlic knots were for Italian meals only, think again. The garlicky flavor meshes nicely with the taste of butternut squash soup.

Go ahead and dip it into the soup. You will be glad you did. Get recipe.


Crusty Bread

Butternut squash soup with crusty bread in the background.

Firm and crusty on the outside, soft and airy on the inside. Crusty bread is always first choice for dipping in soup. Get recipe.

Dinner Rolls

Pan of dinner rolls.

Soft, pillowy dinner rolls are always a welcome side dish to soup. Slather on a pat of butter and eat it on the side.

Or use it to wipe the soup remains from the side of your bowl. Get recipe.


Stack of freshly baked naan.

Naan is a simple flatbread. Use it as a sandwich wrap, eat it alone, or mop up soup with it. Get recipe.

Sourdough Bread

A slice of sourdough bread next to a whole loaf with a stick of butter.

Sourdough bread is made from a fermented starter culture. It is soft and slightly tangy. And a fantastic bread to pair with butternut squash soup. Get recipe.

Potato Bread

Slices of potato bread on a plate.

Potato bread or rolls are soft and fluffy. Replace some of the wheat flour with either potato flour or mashed potatoes in this bread. Get recipe.

Focaccia Bread

Round focaccia bread with a rosemary garnish.

Focaccia bread is a yeast flatbread that is often flavored. It can be brushed with olive oil and rosemary for a simple bread. Or find it with toppings usually found on pizza.

Trader Joe’s sells focaccia bread with tomatoes and green olives as toppings. Try their version.

Pretzel Roll

Pretzel rolls are dipped in a lye solution before being baked. This technique gives them a distinct taste and unique browning effect. Get recipe.

Soda Bread

Sliced soda bread on a round cutting board.

Soda bread is one of the quickest loaves of bread to bake. That is because it does not use yeast to rise. Instead, baking soda gives it its rise and quick prep time.

Slice soda bread and serve with butter and jam. Get recipe.



Pan of cornbread with honey

Cornbread or corn muffins are one of soup’s favorite sides. It is hearty and filling paired with soup. And it is expected for any autumn harvest soup. Get recipe.


Scone on a cutting board with knife.

Scones are baked with baking powder. They can be sweetened or served with jam and whipped cream. Their sweet flavor matches the hint of sweetness in butternut squash soup. Get recipe.


Close up of muffin with plate of muffins in the background.

A variety of muffin flavors would support the taste of an autumn soup. Serve the muffins warm with a pat of butter.

  • Blueberry muffins. Moist and light, these blueberry muffins explode with blueberry flavor in every bites.
  • Banana muffins. Light and crumbly, try banana muffins with a tender crumb and slightly crunchy top.

Texas Toast

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the thick slices of toast. You can slice any homemade bread into thick wedges.

However, store-bought bread does not often come in thick slices. Instead, find Texas toast in the frozen bread section of your grocery store.

Korean Cream Cheese Garlic Bread

korean cream cheese garlic bread

This Korean street food is rapidly gaining popularity in the United States. It is almost a pull-apart bread with sweetened cream cheese in the center.

If you haven’t tried it with butternut squash soup, give it a try tonight. Get recipe.

Pull-Apart Bread

Monkey pull apart bread on a plate.

Sweet or savory, pull-apart bread was meant to be eaten with family. After all, everyone is pulling off chunks of the shared bread platter.

Pull-apart bread is a popular dish to serve with soup. Get recipe.


Plate of buttermilk biscuits made with pancake mix.

Biscuits are one of the most common sides for soups and stews. Slather on the butter and enjoy.

You will love this easy recipe for buttermilk biscuits made from pancake mix. You may never go back to classic biscuits again.

English Muffins

Stack of English muffins with one sliced and buttered.

Nothing says “soup’s on,” like a toasted English muffin. Chewy and crunchy when toasted, slather them with butter and chow down.

Grab a package down the bread aisle at your grocery store. If you are lucky, you can find seasonal flavors like pumpkin spice.

Bagel and Cream Cheese

Bagel with cream cheese smeared on it.

Nothing wrong with a bagel and cream cheese next to a bowl of soup. Bagels aren’t just for breakfast.

Choose a plain, savory, or sweet bagel. Then pair it with plain or flavored cream cheese. So many variations to play around with.

If you want to go lighter, you will like this post on healthy alternatives to cream cheese.

Brioche Bread

Loaf of sliced brioche bread with a bowl of mascarpone and a bowl of chocolate spread.

Soft and sweet, you will never go wrong with brioche bread. The eggs and butter give it a rich, tender crumb. Get recipe.



Bowl of soup with croutons.

Croutons are cubed, seasoned, and toasted bread. Every soup tastes better with croutons on top.

When you make homemade croutons, you can even cut the cubes larger, so they are more of a side dish. Get recipe.


Crackers are not quite bread, but they do fall into the bread category. They are an excellent topping for soup. Don’t just settle for saltines, either.

Butter crackers or oyster crackers are delicious crumbled on soup. Here are a few cracker varieties to try with butternut squash soup.

  • Town House crackers. Buy here.
  • Oyster crackers. Buy here.
  • Saltine crackers. Buy here.

Homemade Breadcrumbs

Bowl of homemade breadcrumbs.

If you need a nice garnish with a little flavor, breadcrumbs are your answer. You can make homemade breadcrumbs with practically any bread.

It is a fantastic way to use up leftover bread that is getting a little stale. Stale bread might not be great as a side for your soup, but the breadcrumbs are perfect for it.

Check out how to make breadcrumbs without a food processor. You will love all the suggestions if you don’t have that a food processor.


Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls aren’t just for breakfast anymore. They are a flavorful dessert bread to serve with butternut squash soup.

The good news is that you don’t have to start from scratch. Learn how to make canned cinnamon rolls taste homemade. Just follow a few simple tricks for soft, gooey rolls.

Quick Breads

Many quick breads would taste amazing with butternut squash soup. Think of fall flavors, and you will have a list of quick breads that taste good with the flavor of butternut squash.


Pan of fresh kolaches with raspberries.

Kolaches remind me of a thumbprint cookie. But instead of cookie dough, you have a puffy yeast dough filled with fruit jam or cream cheese.

Make them for your soup meal tonight. Get recipe.

Sticky Buns

Pan of sticky buns.

Sticky buns with their sugary, sticky glaze and cinnamon flavor are a perfect end to an autumn soup meal. Bake them as the soup cooks, and your kitchen will fill with an aroma that will bring the family to the dinner table. Get recipe.

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