Butternut Pear Soup

This Butternut Pear Soup recipe is made with pears and butternut squash. The perfect autumn soup to enjoy for a cozy meal!

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I love giving Harry & David’s Royal Riviera Pears as gifts this time of year. These delicious pears are dear to my heart, having worked closely with Harry & David over the past few years, but also having enjoyed the beauty of their orchards and fresh produce right in my own hometown! I’m spoiled, I know.

Butternut Pear Soup.

Today I’m sharing a very easy, butternut pear soup recipe. I’ve made several batches of this soup, because guess what? It doesn’t last long in my house. It’s devoured almost as quickly as I make it. Oh, and don’t forget every box of pears comes with the “special” gold-wrapped pear!

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Next week I’m hosting a ladies dinner party, and this soup is on the menu! The gram masala is a great addition, and of course the fresh thyme really adds to the flavor.

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Saute the onions, butternut squash, and pears.

Butternut Pear Soup | ReluctantEntertainer.com

Add the rest of ingredients, puree and serve. The most delicious bowl of soup – thanks to Harry & David!

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Please leave a comment telling me why you think pears are the perfect gift to give?


Butternut Pear Soup | ReluctantEntertainer.com

Butternut Pear Soup

Using precooked butternut squash, this recipe takes about 25 minutes to whip up! If using raw butternut, bake at 400 degrees and cook for about 20 minutes (1/2 cup water, butternut, salt and pepper, 2 T. honey) until tender (with a fork). Oh, and this soup tastes the BEST with a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich!


2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 large sweet onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme (1 tsp. dried)
1 lb. butternut squash, peeled and cooked
2 pears, cut into small pieces (skins on)
6 cups chicken stock
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. gram masala
Creme fraiche & fresh thyme (optional topping)


  1. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan, add onions and thyme and cook for about 5 minutes until soft.
  2. Add cooked squash, pears, chicken stock, heavy cream, gram masala, salt and pepper; bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Use blender to puree the hot soup.
  4. Garnish with creme fraiche & fresh thyme.
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This Butternut Pear Soup recipe is made with pears and butternut squash. The perfect autumn soup to enjoy for a cozy meal!

Disclosure: Harry & David is providing the winner with a box of Royal Riviera pears. I was also provided with a box of pears. There are affiliate links in this post.

136 comments on “Butternut Pear Soup”

  1. Pears are healthy and delicious so they would make a wonderful food-related gift – they can easily be used for cooking, baking, or even just snacking (my favorite)! And Harry & David pears are top of the line!

  2. Who doesn’t like pears? And Harry and David’s are always perfectly ripe and ready to enjoy!!

  3. Pears are delicious and versatile, so they’re the perfect gift to give!

  4. I have given Harry and David pears as gifts frequently in the past. Everyone always raves about them. They are consistently good, beautifully packaged and best of all…..one size fits all !

  5. Pears are great to eat and can use in many recipes. Love Harry and David have sent basket to out of town family, they always have loved it.

  6. I think pears would be perfect to counter all the sweets at the holidays. Healthy sweets!

  7. They are a healthy alternative to all of the sweets.

  8. Pears (especially Harry and David) are so tasty and good for you, too.

  9. I think pears are the perfect gift to give because they are great eaten as is, or can be used in a recipe.
    Thank you!

  10. I think pears are the perfect because they are tasty and nutritious.

  11. Pears are healthy, delicious and beautiful. Great alternative to sweets and are fabulous baked! Harry & David pears are the best I’ve ever eaten. I was gifted some a few years ago and have been hooked ever since. Now I send them as gifts.

  12. They are healthy, delicious and so versatile. Everyone loves pears.

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  14. Pears are so versatile as a snack, in your yummy soup, in an appetizer or sandwich, on a cheese plate. Yum!!! And you can’t get the size wrong!! Yay!

  15. My family loves Harry & David pears — they are so delicious and are a nice counterpoint to all of the other rich foods you eat around the holidays.

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  17. They are the perfect fruit for decorating and eating. They can be enjoyed as a breakfast item or in a wonderful dessert item. They are also classic looking in a setting. They have a delicate taste not too overpowering.

  18. I would love to get some pears as a gift. The pears in my local markets are not good at all.

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  21. I think pears are perfect to give because they are so doggone delicious! They are one of my favorite things in the world to eat. We have made pear cakes, I eat pears with cheese as often as I can, but I’ve never had it in soup. I have a butternut squash in my basket in the kitchen right now and I had never considered adding pear to that soup. I’m going to have to get some pears today!

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  23. Pears are so extremely versatile you can do anything with them. The range is endless from eating them right off the tree to poaching them in a syrup concoction or Riesling wine (and then serving them with a Chantilly cream…yum!!!). I have to say my absolute favorite dish with pears is a Gorgonzola Cheese and Pear sandwich I tried at a High Tea in the Grand Floridian Hotel….double YUM and I found the recipe at AllEars.net so now I can have it anytime I want!!!

  24. I think pears a great gift because they are delicious and very versatile.

  25. I love pears! My grown kids love pears. I usually make them a fruit basket to take home with their favorites. I would include some pears for them and save some for me.

  26. I have tried these pears and the fruit lives up to all the high praise. A box of Harry & David Royal Riviera pears is a unique gift that is sure to please even the pickiest of recipients!

  27. YUM!!! What a perfect soup…I’ll have to try this. Why are pears perfect to give as a gift? Why aren’t they…lol…yummy fall flavor to go with so many recipes!

  28. I have given and received Harry and Davids pears for over 40 years. Still love them.

  29. I’ve never given or received pears as a gift, but would love to. Pears from the grocery store are frequently fairly tasteless. A good pear is hard to find!

  30. Pears are so classy!

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  32. 1. Pears are sweet and healthy for you.
    2. It will be eaten and not regifted.
    3. No clutter after they are eaten.
    4. A great alternative to candy and chocolates.

    I usually leave my mailman an orange or piece of fruit in red and green wrappings, with a candycane instead of a bow. I guess this year, if I win, my mailman will get the fancy gold one!

  33. Awesome post thanks! Going to try this tomorrow, I will be sharing this with everyone at work too!

  34. I Think Pears Are The Perfect Gift To Give Because They Are Healthy, Delicious And Versatile!

  35. I tweeted, pinned and am on your email list. I can’t wait to try this recipe! To me, pears are the best fruit to add to salads, breads, soups, deserts, and oatmeal (love to put them in my morning breakfast). When fall comes and they are in abundance, I am always so happy as they are my favorite fruit, bar none. Even my husband who is not a fruit lover, likes pears. They are low on the glycemic index, which makes me happy.

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  37. Now I know what to do with my butternut squash just need some pears.

  38. I love that book Skinnytaste! Just received it recently and have been making lots of recipes.

    Pears are a great gift. During the holidays people tend to give oranges or apples but pears are a refreshing change! I have used pears insteda of apples when cooking pork tenderloin and it pops with a different fresh flavor.

    Pears make a wonderful dessrt in crumbles or cobblers – a fruit many overlook when preparing these tasty treats.

  39. Pears are the perfect gift to give, because mostly everyone enjoys fruit, there’s so many creative ways to enjoy pears, they are healthy alternative to giving candy or most other foods for the holidays! Thanks for the opportunity.


  40. My sister in law, who is fighting stage 4 breast cancer, received a box of these last month from a friend when she had her mastectomy. What a thoughtful gift. And I am so thankful that she was generous and shared with us.

  41. Who wouldn’t love anything from Harry and David? Pears are a perfect gift at this time of year because they are in season.

  42. Pears fit into just about everyone’s diet. Hard to give food gifts today with everyone’s allergies and food restrictions.

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  45. Pears are the perfect gift because they are delicious and good for you.

  46. Pears are crisp, fresh, and make a perfect hostess gift that can be used as a center piece!

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  48. Harry and David’s pears are the best. This is the only fruit that my 90th years old mothers eat because are juicy, delicious and easy to digest.

  49. Pears are a wonderful gift because 1) they are a sweet, yet heathy treat, 2.) they can be used in so many ways, and 3) made in America!

  50. We love to send Harry and David’s pears to family and friends for Christmas every year. Not only are the pears beautiful and delicious, but I grew up in Medford, so they feel like a present from home.

  51. Pears are so versatile. From sweet to savory to snacking.

  52. I love Harry & David pears — they are always delicious, and I am also a huge fan of edible gifts, since unlike non-edible gifts that might just sit around someone’s house collecting dust (or get re-gifted), you know they will be put to good use!

  53. I love Harry & David Pears! My husband’s aunt always sends us a small Harry & David basket for the holidays. I always claim the pear and Moose Munch!

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  55. ” A partridge in a pear tree”, pears are famous, need I say more. OK here are some more reasons: they are delicious, and the skin of pears contain phytonutrients and that are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory flavonoids, and potentially anti-cancer phytonutrients like cinnamic acids. Phew!

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  57. They’re perfect because they’re the gift of deliciousness and health!

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  60. Pears are so mild and delicious – an elegant fruit that can be used in so many ways! Yum!

  61. Fruit is such a nice gift to give at the holidays when we are all overwhelmed with sweets. I would love to gift this to my parents.

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  64. Pears are so delicious and can be used so many different ways

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  66. The pears are amazing and they never fail to impress people!

  67. Pears.are perfect because you can do so much with them!

  68. This time of year it seems there are sugar-laden, heavy treats EVERYWHERE, and it is such a refreshing treat to have a delicious piece of fruit instead. Harry & David’s pears are the BEST…so sweet & delicious…we have sent them as gifts int he past and people are always thrilled to receive them!

  69. They are beautiful and delicious, what a fantastic gift!

  70. Harry and David have the BEST pears!! I love giving people something they might not buy for themselves! These pears are perfect!

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  72. Love giving food as gifts – especially fresh, ready to eat and healthy!

  73. Pears are so healthy and tasty…a perfect gift! We used to have a pear tree, and I’d make and give away Pear pies. I miss my tree. We’re in a different house, I’m wanting to plant one as soon as I can.

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  75. The pears are delicious, healthy and not another gift that ends up forgotten and taking up space.

  76. They are the perfect gift to give because they are so versatile. They are delicious just by themselves and also in smoothies, and recipes such as the tasty butternut pear soup that you posted.

  77. Yummmmm! Can’t wait to make this!

  78. Because they are delicious and a wonderful break from all the candy treats around the holiday

  79. Pears make a perfect gift or treat because they are just so GOOD!
    They are tender, yummy, and great as a snack or dessert. With sharp cheddar is my favorite.

    Can’t wait to make this soup for the weekend. Sounds good on a cold night.

  80. What a fun giveaway! The addition of pear is such an interesting idea and yes, I’ll definitely take a side of grilled cheese :)

  81. they are always the perfect gift. Even people who dont particularly like pears end up falling in love with Harry & David pears.

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  83. I think pears are the perfect gift to give because they are healthy, beautiful and wonderful.

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  85. Pears are a perfect gift to give because they are a perfect fruit to eat! We love pears for both eating out of hand and in delicious recipes like this soup. Thanks for offering the chance to win.

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  87. Pears are a delightful gift to give they are yummy and a refreshing treat!!!!

  88. They are perfect gift to give because it’s a healthy gift that shows you care

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  90. because my kids love to eat them

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  92. LOVE Harry & David pears! My aunt always sent a box to us at Christmas, and they are so juicy and delicious we almost had to eat them in the bathtub! So good!

  93. Pears can be finicky. But these are fool-proof.

  94. Because these pears are soooo good!

  95. Pears are a very versatile fruit, they can be eaten like that, made into desserts, soups, side plates, main courses, you name it. And receiving a box of green, golden pears is a heart full of joy!!

  96. What a delicious looking soup! Pears are the perfect gift to give because they are perfect for holiday baking or just afternoon snacking. Harry and David Pears are the best!

  97. i ordered a box of Harry and David pears last year and couldn’t stop eating them. the ripest, juiciest pears i’ve ever had. and i love using them for entertaining recipes. happy weekend!

  98. I think pears are a great gift because they aren’t something that people buy themselves on a regular basis. A great treat!

  99. Pears are a perfect gift because they are great to eat alone or there are many ways to use them for baking, cooking, and my favorite- poaching!

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  101. Pears are delicious, but also such a random and unique gift to receive.

  102. I am an email subscriber. Those pears are so wonderful….just like candy. They make wonderful gifts….

  103. A fabulous and creative use of pears! And we’re just getting into soup season.

  104. Because pears are delicious! Who wouldn’t want to get some for a gift?

  105. I love fresh pears. Harry & David is wonderful fruit. I got to share someone else’s Harry & David gifts last year. It was superb.

  106. Pears are delicious especially from Harry & David’s. A gift that is always appreciated.

  107. We gave my hard-to-shop-for grandparents the Fruit-of-the-Month Club subscription for Christmas many years ago. They loved getting and sharing their box each month, and even now, I remember the pears as a highlight.

  108. Who doesn’t love fresh fruit!? It’s such a great counter to all the candies and sweets you typically see around the holidays.

  109. I think it’s a great idea for a gift! People love getting gifts in the mail, and their pears are so nicely packaged (like a gift)!

  110. Pears are the perfect give because you can snack on them, toss them in a salad, saute them in a skillet, or make pear bread with them. Delicious!

  111. Great Holiday gift, since I hated pears until I rec’d one many years ago…I’ve already rec’d my 1st box of the Season, and hoping to win another one :)

  112. What a fabulous gift to give.. the gift of healthy foods :)

  113. Having been the recipient of a gift of Harry & David pears last year, I can attest to the fact that they are indeed a fabulous gift! I used some to make Maida Heatter’s Ginger-Pear Crisp (which requires large, perfect pears) and of course, some just had to be eaten out-of-hand. I wouldn’t hesitate to give these pears to anyone, whether or not they like to cook.

  114. I am an email subscriber to Reluctant Entertainer, which is how I learned of this excellent giveaway. Thanks!

  115. I think pears are an excellent gift to give. They are great to eat alone and there are lots of dessert dishes that can be made with them as well.

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  117. love pears….so many recipes you can use with pears. a skip off the beaten apple path! : )

  118. They are delicious and healthy!

  119. Pears are a great food gift because they can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. And they go great with a glass of port!

  120. Pears are the perfect gift, because they can be eaten raw or used in cooked dishes.

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  123. I would love pears as a gift, they would be fun to cook with, but also just to have as a delicious and healthy snack.

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