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 (329)

pumphrey09's picture

This is a fantastic, easy soup to make and can be made even more healthy and easier to make with a couple of changes. Instead of cooking the onions separately with butter, I simply cut the onions into wedges and roasted them with the butternut squash, along with 3 whole large cloves of garlic. I then added a tsp of 'lazy chillies' from a jar and just whizzed everything together with the stock, using a stick blender. When reheating through, I added a sprinkle of smoked paprika and semi-skimmed milk plus some 0% fat yoghurt. A splash of lemon at the end just cuts through the sweetness of the squash. This really is brilliant!

genhallam's picture

I didn't have fresh chilli but added 1tsp mild chilli powder, 1 tsp ground coriander and 1/2tsp ground cumin to the onions when frying them and then followed the rest of the recipe. Delicious

KatC's picture

Just made this. Granted I put a bit less chilli in because our 3 year old will have it, the warmth from the chilli was there still and pleasant but it was really bland. Maybe 4 tbsp of creme fraiche was a little much but after some good slugs of black pepper and smoked paprika it was gorgeous. So if you find it lacking as some others have mentioned I highly recommend it. Lovely and warming and a great flavour. :)

Louliability's picture

Delicious and easy to make!

allielovetocook's picture

Delicious soup - though I did use extra garlic and added some carrots as the butternut squash wasn't quite big enough, just to make up the weight. I roasted them with the squash but cut them into smaller pieces to roast as they would take too long otherwise. The first time I made this I didn't have crème fraiche, so I used semi-skimmed milk, and the second time I did it with the crème fraiche - both were equally as good as far as we were concerned. Served it with slices of homemade Rye, Ale and Oat bread and the flavours went brilliantly together. Will happily make this recipe time and again.

donnerkebab's picture

Gorgeous soup enjoyed by all.

marymazza's picture

I have been unable to print out your recipes recently. Nothing shows up on the page. Everything working OK my end.

Dimples123's picture

I thinks it's because of the windows explorer you are using. I had it too. But if you click on internet options in right hand corner at the top of your screen it gives you a chance to click on internet options then open page in a different window. Then you can print.

HollyMak's picture

I have the same problem, I open up the PDF in a new tab and then print from there, that works for me

jwillis6's picture

One of the best soups i've ever made, absolutely delicious. Made the full amount on Sunday afternoon, had one portion then, and then had for lunch in the office for three days of the next week. Perfect!

apalgal's picture

Incredibly easy and very tasty. The chillies give just enough heat without being over powering. My guests and I loved this soup. Ives made it many times. 5 stars!

gemmalem's picture

If I made a big batch of this on a Sunday evening - would it be ok for the next four days? Looking for an easy lunch to take to work - thanks!

marley88's picture

One of my favourite soups! I increase the amount of garlic and add grated ginger for extra flavour. Its so tasty!

crazycaterpillar's picture

Absolutely gorgeous - really tasty, no substitutes - a favourite!! Will be making regularly :)

lizziecb's picture

I made this soup after having some very similar in a National Trust café - absolutely delicious, would thoroughly recommend!

pikolet's picture

This is a very good and very easy recipe. I did tweak it just a bit though. I used only one chilli but compensated by adding 2 cloves of garlic. I didn't think it needed the whole amount of stock so only used about 600ml. Also, I made it more decadent (and fattening) by using double cream instead of the creme fraiche. Yummy!!!

Skye168's picture

Didn't bother roasting, melted butter and added cumin seeds and crushed garlic for 30 secs, than added chopped squash, sweet potato, red onion, red pepper and chilli along with 2 bay leaves and sauted for 15 mins. Added stock and simmered for 15 mins then blended (remove bay leaves first!) Seasoned with rock salt and added tbsp. desiccated coconut. Delicious. Didn't use the crème fraiche.

phillintime's picture

Soooo good!

phillintime's picture

A simple soup packed full of flavour.
Absolutely delicious!

simona8's picture

Delicious, I've added 1 sweet potato , found it a bit watery - I'll probably add more ( or buy bigger) squash . But the flavour is beautiful


Questions (1)

jollyboy's picture

Just made this , lovely, but can I freeze it?

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