Butternut squash soup with chilli & crème fraîche

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 50 mins


Serves 4

Come in from the cold to a warming bowlful of autumn

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian


  • kcal264
  • fat15g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs28g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre6g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.61g
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  • 1 butternut squash, about 1kg, peeled and deseeded
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

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  • 1 tbsp butter



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

  • 2 onions, diced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 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


  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 (322)

thedrewdrop's picture

Easy to make and delicious! I will make it again and probably again.

lilmst's picture

Easy to make and quick, made when having dinner guests over and it went down a treat.

rbarton22's picture

Very easy to make and delicious

josophine851's picture

Fantastic - hearty, tasty and filling. Might try with a little less creme fraiche next time. Will be making this again.

helenannie19's picture

I made this recipe in preparation for a busy week at work, as a quick filling lunch. Really easy recipe to follow. Even my boyfriend who doesn't normally eat vegetables liked it!

juliapinney's picture


samkirk's picture

Amazing. V easy. Much nicer roasting the butternut squash rather than cooking it with the onions like i've done in the past. Made with chicken stock, lazy chilli from a jar and no creme fraiche. Also did a no chilli one for the kids, and they loved it too.

tabidd's picture

Whipped this one together with a few substitutions:
1) Single cream instead of creme fraiche
2) Spring onions instead of white onions

(using up leftovers in the fridge)

It was beautifully sweet, cleanly flavored and had two chaps who are anti any meat-free meals, very happy! :)

sylviapearson's picture

Delicious and easy. I made this using Philadelphia cream cheese instead of creme fraiche... still delicious!

seard007's picture

I make this soup over and over again, and I find if you use 1 dried chillie instead of fresh, that it gives it the right amount of heat

imelda's picture

I haven't made this yet but was reading the comments with a view to trying it. I hate chopping butternut squash so usually halve it, deseed it, put it into a baking tray, cover with tin foil and roast in a hot oven til it is soft, then it scoops out easy-peasy. I use this as a base for all sorts of sauces for curries, bolognese and soups and as a way of sneaking veg into my children

northclare's picture

Good, but just missing a little something

dishymummy's picture

Oh boy this is now my favourite soup! I have made butternut squash soup before but wasn't keen on the sweet flavour but this is just delicious. I did take on board the other comments and also like the heat of chillies so left the seeds in and used chicken stock. I also added some fresh ginger which gives it a zing.
I found it easier to cut the squash in half length ways, scoop out the seeds and place some garlic in each half. I sprayed with light oil and then roasted. When it has cooled slightly you can scoop out the gorgeous flesh really easily and discard the skins.

kezmeeks's picture


I made this soup even though I had barely any of the ingredients! No onion and used milk instead of creme fraiche. Plus I added some smoked bacon which is very tasty!

Oh I used baby low salt stock so I could share it with my 1 year old.

Even with all that messing about it is still good!

corrinamoore's picture

Really nice soup and really easy to make............ Healthy too!

dazzer1001's picture

This is a very tasty soup and I have made this a few times. For all you peeps out there that want a twist, sprinkle the surface with ceyenne pepper when serving or add to soup if you need a bit more heat. I have also added 4 fresh skinned and chopped tomtatoes in just after the onions have softned. My favourite though is to leave out the chilli and drizzle the oil from a good jar of Mango Pickle into the dish before taking to table. Be careful not to put to much on. Yum Yum

Tiffany1983's picture

This is the first soup I've ever made and it's delicious! Have made it a few times now, very tasty!

ashleyhouston71's picture

absolutely amazing soup! one of the nicest (and easiest) soups iv made, will def be favourite on my lunch menu :)

lenithac's picture

Only used 1 chilli but was still amazing! My husband who don't normally like soups, loved the spicy sweet combination!

chicken1902's picture

Made this for dinner tonight after having it for lunch in Oxford. Stunningly easy and yummy yummy yummy! I didn't have any creme fraiche so used double cream instead and really good substitute!


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