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
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  • 1 tbsp butter



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  • 2 onions, diced



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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


  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 (324)

gtownshend's picture

Made it for an American friend for thanks giving, it was AMAZING! and so easy i am making it for christmas now

juliafrancis's picture

I used rapeseed oil for roasting in my Philips Air Frfyer! Bought ready cubed butter nut squash! Used my liquidiser to blend. Much easier than stick blender. Go easy on the chillies you can add more if needed... I used low fat fromage frais instead of creme fraiche. Tastes absolutely delicious ! Very healthy ! Will be making this regularly!

tb0134's picture

I did this one as part of a healthy meal for 44 Fit Fans at Hibernian FCs Community Foundation. Roasted the diced butternut and also added diced sweet potato, used rapeseed oil forthe roasting and used dried chilli seeds rather than fresh, and passed the blitzed mix through a seive. Heated it up in a slow cooker for 3 hours, and drizzled a 0% Greek Yoghurt and light Soya milk mix with a syringe when serving.
Went down very well, and had a nice hot afterkick to it! as well as being about as low fat as you could get.

lucykros's picture

Love this soup - really hearty and soothing, with a lovely kick of chilli. I added an extra chilli because I do like a kick, and also added some potatoes just because they were there and needed using (cubed, sauted when onion etc were softened, then stock and waited until potatoes were soft before adding the squash). Even my husband who (weirdly) does not get along with soup loved this. And a beautiful colour too - just what you want on cold wintry afternoons!

bethndale's picture

Excellent recipe for using up bumper crop of squash, onions and chilli's from the garden. Enjoyed by all the family will definitely be making it again.

bethndale's picture

Lovely warming soup, ideal for using up a bumper crop of squash, chilli and onions from the garden. Will definitely be making it again.

hannah1977's picture

Delicious and simple, the heat of the chilli is lovely. I halve my butternut squash (leave the skin on) scoop out the seeds, drizzle with oil and roast, then when it's cooked you can just scoop out the flesh. This saves peeling, maybe losing a fingertip or two and means you get every last bit of lovely squash in your soup.

brennie72's picture

Yummiiiiiie, also works with half fat creme fraiche and dried chilli flakes.

Metrotile1250's picture

This soup is simply delicious! Very easy to make.
Made this for an autumn lunch today but could easily grace a dinner party table. As far as soups go, this is easily in my top 100%.

ajbreen's picture

A lovely soup, but found that it needed more chilli - would add chilli seeds next time. Served with crispy pancetta pieces on top.

lornac54's picture

Just made this. I cut the butternut squash in half, removed the seeds and filled the holes with the onions, chilli and garlic. Sprinkled with olive oil and roasted the whole lot for an hour. I cut the squash into chunks (including the skin) when it was cooked then blended everything with chicken stock. Added some maple syrup into the blender near the end. It is delicious!!! Will be making this again at the end of the week as have got visitors and I know there won't be any left of this batch. So easy, no peeling and tastes wonderful. I love it!

cmarnold's picture

This was great, I used double the garlic otherwise made it the same as instructed. I found it very flavourful and didnt even add salt and pepper to my serving.

tiller_girl's picture

I didn't have any creme fraiche so used half a tin of coconut milk instead - delicious! I'm making it again for lunch today.

andrewro's picture

I'd highly recommend adding some fresh ginger to this...tastes fantastic!

avatulip's picture

I made this soup this week and it is gorgeous. I followed the recipe and used 2 red chillies which has made it very spicy, lots of heat. My husband loves it but it is probably a bit too hot for me. I will do it again and next time use slight less fresh chillies!

katiehart1990's picture

Fab recipe, definately season well with salt and pepper- standard!!

smartbenne's picture

I loved this soup... needed to use up a butternut squash, so had to make do with ingredients up to a point... I used chilli flakes and 2 knorr chicken stockpots... had no creme fraiche so blended in a couple of tbs of double cream (but it tasted lovely before I even added it).

Sweet with just enough warmth.. will definitely make again

paulalford's picture

Quick, easy and tasty. Will definitely be making again!

patsyminx's picture

Delicious! Will definately make again on a cold winters day.Crusty bread and even a carnivore would be happy I am sure.

hannahdoyle93's picture

Really delicious. A hearty warming winter soup. I agree that its not very spicy, but I don't think it's really supposed to be, the chilli just adds to the warming affect of the soup. If you want more of chilli kick then either don't deseed the chilli or just add in another. I will definately be making again! My housemates were jealous and wish I had made enough for everyone when they tried it! :)


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