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



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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. 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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5th Oct, 2014
Yum, absolutely gorgeous as a cheap, warming and delicious Sunday soup. Just enough chilli for a good kick, but not actually 'hot'. Will be my standby comfort food this winter I think!
18th Sep, 2014
This Soup is great, I added a little fresh ginger also! Will deffinately be cooking this again and again!!
23rd Aug, 2014
What a great recipe, I've made this twice now and have found its a hearty soup for a night shift. Full of flavour and a lot better than anything out of a can! Only comments on the recipe is that it definitely needs both chillis in the pot when you cook it otherwise you cant taste it. I also didn't bother with the butter or cream in the second batch and thought it made very little difference
14th May, 2014
Really like this soup! I realised after cutting up my squash that I definitely didn't have anywhere close to a 1kg. But I'm always mixing recipes up a bit with what I've got in the fridge. I roasted the squash with some garlic and also a red pepper. Once the roasting was done and onion with chilli fried, I blended everything together with a tin of carrots, the stock and some paprika and cayenne pepper. It was delicious! I think, like with any recipe, when you're making the soup just taste as you go. Yum!
Jacqui C.
8th May, 2014
Best soup I've ever made,the whole family love it and that's saying something! Love the kick the chilli gives it,and the creme fraiche gives it a lovely creamy texture ,would recommend doing double the quantity as is so good.
22nd Apr, 2014
This is a favorite! I make a 'slimming world' version of this by using fry light instead if olive oil and butter.. I also do not put chilli in, I just grind chilli flakes on top of each bowl, that way, my young children get to enjoy it without the spice! I have had it tasting bland, but I think that maybe because the squash is 'old' -I have left it in the veg rack for too long. I just add a little sweetener to offset this, but it's only happened twice! I freeze it without the creme fraiche in...
3rd Apr, 2014
Simple and delicious - highly recommended. I used chilli flakes instead of fresh chilli just because I have them in. I have also added sweet potato and a few carrots, also with really good results.
1st Mar, 2014
Don't get the hype with this soup, was bland. So many better recipes on here.
26th Feb, 2014
Lovely easy soup, I like it with some chopped chorizo thrown in, just sweat with the onions...
24th Feb, 2014
Easy to make, prepping a squash isn't that tricky! I had a slightly small squashy too so just added a bit less stock. Has it really got that much sugar in it though??


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