Butternut squash soup with chilli & crème fraîche

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(278 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 50 mins

Easy

Serves 4

Come in from the cold to a warming bowlful of autumn

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition:

  • kcal264
  • fat15g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs28g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre6g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.61g
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Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash, about 1kg, peeled and deseeded
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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  • 1 tbsp butter
    Butter

    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 2 onions, diced
    Onion

    Onion

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  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 2 mild red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 850ml hot vegetable stock
  • 4 tbsp crème fraîche, plus more to serve

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.

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Comments (325)

amy1245's picture
0

Just made this soup and really didn't enjoy it. I found it so bland and almost dry? I'd put in two chillies and 2 garlic cloves. I found it had no flavour at all (and I hate spicy food!) so I added in a big handful of coriander and blitzed that which helped a little but still it's nothing special.

sammi_jp's picture
5

OMG - delicious!! I'm a cooking novice but this was easy peasy and just lush!! (even though I did add the stock to the onions!!). Used natural yoghurt instead of creme fraiche and added some bugs bunny carrots but just YUM!! :)

Thanks for sharing :) xx

Rinwashere's picture

Really yummy and super easy. I halved the recipe and turned out perfect, with enough leftover for lunch tomorrow! Would make again in a heartbeat

tchadfield's picture
2.5

3 stars as I must be missing something. It was a bit watery and lacked deep flavour, more heat than taste. Not sure I will be making it again as I prefer the coconut based ones I think.

gorgeous george's picture
5

Even though I didn't have any crème fraiche this soup was so nice. I will definitely make it again. 5 stars

Amanda-uk19's picture

What can I say,what a beautiful tasty soup,it just oozes comfort and flavour and is very Morerish,it won't stop calling me.Fantastic recipe and will be making it a lot more from now on.xxx

fairystoryteller's picture
5

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
5

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
5

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
5

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
5

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
5

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
5

Taaaaaasty!

AmandaUK's picture

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

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