Butternut squash soup in a bowl garnished with chilli & crème fraîche

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 chillies, 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.

  2. Cut 1 peeled and deseeded butternut squash into large cubes, about 4cm/1½in across, then toss in a large roasting tin with 1 tbsp of the olive oil.

  3. Roast for 30 mins, turning once during cooking, until golden and soft.

  4. While the butternut squash cooks, melt 1 tbsp butter with the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil in a large saucepan, then add 2 diced onions, 1 thinly sliced garlic clove and ¾ of the 2 deseeded and finely chopped red chillies. 

  5. Cover and cook on a very low heat for 15-20 mins until the onions are completely soft.

  6. Tip the butternut squash into the pan, add 850ml hot vegetable stock and 4 tbsp 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.

  7. Return to the pan, gently reheat, then season to taste.

  8. Serve the soup in bowls with swirls of crème fraîche and a scattering of the remaining chopped chilli.

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9th Jul, 2019
Love this recipe it’s one of my regulars. I’ve never used the creme and it’s still good without. I’ve sometimes added milk and that works well as well. If I’ve not had fresh chilli I’ve added 1/4 teaspoon of chilli flakes and it’s equally as good
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Sable Rain
21st May, 2019
I love this recipe! It's so simple and delicious, and it's in my regular rotation of recipes. My favourite way to serve it is with sour cream, crumbled bacon, and chili flakes on top accompanied with a simple salad.
7th Apr, 2019
Tasty recipe. Having read some of the comments I also roast the squash with the skin on, for about 45 mins. I also add cumin to give it a bit more depth of flavour, and roast the seeds in the oven for 5-10 mins to sprinkle on top. Rarely have creme fresh so just add a touch more milk.
20th Feb, 2019
Just made this, was delicious! Exactly the right proportions and very easy.
6th Feb, 2019
Really yummy. Making another batch next week.
16th Jan, 2019
Had leftover swede and carrot mash so used that and then added butternut squash to make up the rest, tastes delicious and no waste! Used half the amount of creme fraiche.
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Beki Curtis
28th Nov, 2018
Love, love, LOVE this! I also added some pumpkin and roasted the veg in rose harrissa, this will certainly be a winter favourite.
10th Nov, 2018
Really nice
25th Oct, 2018
I love butternut squash soup. I don't peel - chop in half, remove seeds and roast in oven - no faffing about peeling! Cumin is a nice addition too.
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Neli Holliday
8th Oct, 2018
Made it so no nice. One of my favourite now


7th Nov, 2018
Delicious autumnal butternut goodness! I added some sage and worked well.
8th Jan, 2014
Just made this , lovely, but can I freeze it?
13th Nov, 2017
Gorgeous! Didn't have any fresh chillies so I used about 1 tsp of dried chilli flakes. I also used a 500g packet of ready to use frozen squash. Didn't bother roasting it, just added it in after sweating the onions. Let it cook in the stock for 10 minutes then blitz as usual. Fuss free and very tasty.
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