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

    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 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. 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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19th Oct, 2016
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
12th Oct, 2016
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. :)
9th Oct, 2016
Delicious and easy to make!
4th Jul, 2016
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.
17th May, 2016
Gorgeous soup enjoyed by all.
28th Mar, 2016
I have been unable to print out your recipes recently. Nothing shows up on the page. Everything working OK my end.
22nd Sep, 2016
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.
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4th Sep, 2016
I have the same problem, I open up the PDF in a new tab and then print from there, that works for me
14th Mar, 2016
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!
20th Jan, 2016
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!


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