Butternut squash & sage soup

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(34 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 8

This vibrant orange pumpkin blend is a healthy way to warm up - served with herbs and a drizzle of honey

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal130
  • fat4g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs21g
  • sugars14g
  • fibre5g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 tbsp butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 3 onions, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 tbsp chopped sage



    Popular in both Italian and British cookery, sage has long, grey-green leaves with a slightly…

  • 1.4kg peeled, deseeded butternut squash - buy whole squash and prepare, or buy bags of ready-prepared
  • 1 tbsp clear honey
  • 1½ l vegetable stock
  • bunch chives, snipped, and cracked black pepper, to serve


  1. Melt the oil and butter in a large saucepan or flameproof casserole. Add the onions and sage, and gently cook until really soft – about 15 mins. Tip in the squash and cook for 5 mins, stirring. Add the honey and stock, bring to a simmer and cook until the squash is tender.

  2. Let the soup cool a bit so you don’t burn yourself, then whizz until really smooth with a hand blender, or in batches in a blender. Season to taste, adding a drop more stock or water if the soup is too thick. Reheat before serving, sprinkled with chives and cracked black pepper.

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18th Nov, 2019
This is delicious! I added some red lentils along with the squash and the soup is a creamy delight. I’ll be adding this recipe to my autumn and winter repertoire.
20th Jun, 2017
Delicious, easy and comforting. Will make this again.
30th Nov, 2016
Butternut squash soup absolutely doesn't need honey as it has a natural sweetness. I mean, a whole tablespoon of honey in a savoury dish, really?
22nd Sep, 2016
Tried this last night. Not too hard to make, and tasted nice. Lots of ways to vary it too !
25th Jan, 2014
Love this soup, have made it to the recipe and is lovely and rich tasting. Have also made a diet friendly version leaving out the oil and butter and its just as tasty but a little fresher tasting.
KochinVeronica's picture
20th Jan, 2014
Bland and too watery. Definitely not worth doing again!
26th Dec, 2013
I followed the recipe exactly - the soup was delicious. Loved even by those in the family who don't normally enjoy soup! I will definitely be making this soup again.
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13th Oct, 2013
Made this as per the recipe (minus the honey which have just noticed I missed out!) and is really good, warm and filling.
2nd Apr, 2013
Made this without the oil and butter and served for lunch on the fast day of my 5:2 diet. Was just right, warming and filling.
9th Mar, 2013
This is the tastiest butternut squash soup I have tried. I followed the recipe exactly and didn't add anything and thought it was yummy


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