Butternut squash soup with chilli & crème fraîche

Butternut squash soup with chilli & crème fraîche

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 50 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Come in from the cold to a warming bowlful of autumn

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
264
protein
5g
carbs
28g
fat
15g
saturates
7g
fibre
6g
sugar
17g
salt
0.61g

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash, about 1kg, peeled and deseeded
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 2 mild red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 850ml hot vegetable stock
  • 4 tbsp crème fraîche, plus more to serve

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Cut the squash into large cubes, about 4cm/1½in across, then toss in a large roasting tin with half the olive oil. Roast for 30 mins, turning once during cooking, until golden and soft.
  2. While the squash cooks, melt the butter with the remaining oil in a large saucepan, then add the onions, garlic and ¾ of the chilli. Cover and cook on a very low heat for 15-20 mins until the onions are completely soft.
  3. Tip the squash into the pan, add the stock and the crème fraîche, then whizz with a stick blender until smooth. For a really silky soup, put the soup into a liquidiser and blitz it in batches. Return to the pan, gently reheat, then season to taste. Serve the soup in bowls with swirls of crème fraîche and a scattering of the remaining chopped chilli.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2009

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fairystoryteller's picture
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YUM! Just made this to use up a spare butternut squash. Used chilli flakes because I had no fresh chillis and I haven't added the crème fraiche because I intend to freeze it. However, I think the soup tastes lovely without so will offer some on the side for those who want the extra richness. I think it would be nice with some chopped coriander as others have suggested. A keeper and I'll be making this again.

rosiehlaw@gmail.com's picture

I don't normally post but I always read the reviews before I make something from this site However I just wanted to add to all the positive comments this was BY FAR the most delicious (& quickest ) soup I have made in ages. Roasted the Butternut squash (no need to peel!) in Olive oil & chilli flakes as I had no fresh chillies; added extra garlic clove to onions. Crème fraiche gave soup a lovely thick texture; Ready in 30 mins scrumptious quite hearty & rich so only 1 bowl needed & the rest in the freezer for another time!

ellyhorne's picture

Loved this soup - just had dried chilli flakes so used those and chopped some spring onion to garnish at end - plus used yoghurt as no creme fraiche. Was still delicious!!!!!

sweete83's picture
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Was fantastic, took advice of another reader and added milk instead (2tbsp). Was gorgeous will make again but we have weak palettes so may try with one chilli next time.

dixie9's picture
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Made this soup for my daughter and her 3 hungry children. They loved it, can't wait till I feed them some more. This is not advertising, just a tip on where to get your butternut squash; Tesco do a huge squash for £1.

michaelaproctor's picture
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Delicious soup! Made this as a started for when my in-laws came and all bowels were licked clean. I didnt add too much chilli as my 2 year old had some too and she love it as well. Will definitely make it again.

chish and fips's picture

Can't say I had the same response as you, Michaela as only the dog in the house at the time so didn't want to risk it but great soup nonetheless! I added a lemongrass I had and it was still super.

joi77's picture

you meant bowls?:)

richardhanney's picture

We can only hope!

ievakris's picture
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It was absolutely delicious!!
However, instead of creme fraiche I used low fat greek yogurt!
I don't think it made much of a difference, me and my family loved it!

traceyjhutty's picture
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Tried this recipe, as I had a butternut squash in cupboard which needed using up, so glad I did, this soup is really lovely. Didn't have any crème fraiche so don't know what difference it would make, but great as it was. Definitely one to make in winter.

The Reddrops's picture

Yum this is delicious! Didn't have enough butternut squash in so did with half carrots. Didn't have Creme fraiche either but lovely and healthy without. Will make again!

toriadonaldson's picture
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Taaaaaasty!

AmandaUK's picture

Absolutely adore this soup! Made more often now the cold weather has arrived. Simply delicious.

bellapenny83's picture
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Delicious! Used 2 garlic cloves instead of 1, dried chilli flakes instead of fresh and a good splash of milk instead of crème fraiche, and it was perfect. Lovely with a warm cheese scone :-)

grandmatorufus's picture

Delicious, I put in Thai herbs as no chili and it was liked by all

luckyjc's picture

Yum, absolutely gorgeous as a cheap, warming and delicious Sunday soup. Just enough chilli for a good kick, but not actually 'hot'. Will be my standby comfort food this winter I think!

mandylous's picture

This Soup is great, I added a little fresh ginger also! Will deffinately be cooking this again and again!!

monkeyb0b's picture
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What a great recipe, I've made this twice now and have found its a hearty soup for a night shift. Full of flavour and a lot better than anything out of a can!

Only comments on the recipe is that it definitely needs both chillis in the pot when you cook it otherwise you cant taste it. I also didn't bother with the butter or cream in the second batch and thought it made very little difference

miss_georgina's picture

Really like this soup! I realised after cutting up my squash that I definitely didn't have anywhere close to a 1kg. But I'm always mixing recipes up a bit with what I've got in the fridge. I roasted the squash with some garlic and also a red pepper. Once the roasting was done and onion with chilli fried, I blended everything together with a tin of carrots, the stock and some paprika and cayenne pepper. It was delicious! I think, like with any recipe, when you're making the soup just taste as you go. Yum!

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