Simple Butternut Squash Soup

When I was a typical kid, I was a finicky eater especially when it came to vegetables. As far as I can remember the only veggies I ate were peas, carrots, mushrooms, cauliflower and potatoes. Tiny onion pieces in meat dishes were painstakingly picked out and decorated the side of my plate meal after meal. My parents tried their best to ply me with all sorts but to no avail. Popeye could keep his spinach and the whole other lot too.

Strangely, once I listened to my father’s pleading to try some butternut. He mentioned it was sweet. Immediately my ears perked up. Sweet, you say? One mouthful of the stuff and I was sold forever. The South African way of preparing it is with generous lashings of butter, a tonne of sugar, a bit of salt and if you’re lucky some ground cinnamon. It all will be mashed to create a smooth, irresistibly sweet pile of goodness, more fit for a dessert than a side dish.

Shortly afterwards we went on holiday to Cape Town. For the first time ever I saw butternut soup on the menu. Living a bit more on the wild side than before I ordered it and have been hooked ever since. Now it’s your turn. ;-)


Update

Astonishingly, month after month, year after year this recipe has been consistently viewed more times than any other recipe on this site. The sad part was the original image, which has now been removed. Surely, the photo and recipe needed some sprucing up, and here it is – enjoy!


2 Ways to Cook Butternut
  • Boiling: Peel the butternut, remove the seeds and chop it in chunks. Just follow the recipe as stated below.
  • Roasting: This is my preferred method of cooking pumpkins. Halve the butternut, drizzle some oil on it, add some garlic and herbs, e.g. rosemary, if you fancy them, and place the dish in a 180°C(fan 160°C/355°F/gas 4) preheated oven. Roast for 45-50 minutes, or until the squash is tender and has turned golden-brown in places. The butternut’s flavour intensifies in the cooking process and becomes even sweeter. Peeling the skin off the flesh is now much easier too. After softening the onions in the pot, add the cooked butternut to it and don’t forget to add the roasted garlic too! Boil for only 10 minutes, then blend. Voila!


Simple Butternut Squash Soup & Special Diets
  • Weight Watchers or other Low-Fat Diets: [Option 1] Leave out the butter and use low fat cooking spray to fry the onions with which would turn this dish into 0 ProPoints! [Option 2] Omit frying the onions separately and boil them with the butternut instead.
  • Vegetarian: Use Knorr‘s vegetable stock instead of chicken stock.
  • Vegan: Leave out the butter and use more olive oil.
  • Baby Food: Leave out the garlic, stock and salt. Use water to boil the vegetables instead.


Don’t Have Enough Butternut?

Use other root vegetables, e.g. carrots and parsnips, to make up for the weight specified in the recipe. This easy solution will introduce new, interesting flavours to the soup!

How To Jazz Up Your Simple Butternut Soup

Chances are you will like this soup so much that you’ll make it again and again. Why not play with one variation or another each time? Here are a few ideas:

  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
  • Chili
  • Rosemary
  • Rind of ½ a lemon
  • Fresh ginger
  • Fresh sage
  • Paprika
  • Curry paste
  • Sherry: Add the sherry after frying the onions and before you add the butternut and stock.
  • Coconut Milk: Add a bit less stock to the vegetables and add some coconut milk to them, then boil.

White Wine

What To Add When Your Simple Butternut Squash Soup Is Ready
  • Spring Onions
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro/Coriander leaves
  • Chives
  • Cream
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Bacon
  • Blue Cheese
  • Goat’s Cheese

Wine Pairing

Most people often don’t think about matching wine to soups as they find pairing liquid to liquid an odd concept. Think about it instead then as matching the wine to the components that make the soup and you’ll find it much easier.

Falanghina is a traditional southern Italian white grape variety that shows myriad flavours and aromas, especially when served lightly chilled rather than cold. There is a subtle sweetness on the palate that lends itself perfectly to vegetables, particularly sweet ones like squash, and the fresh citrus quality helps lift the flavours on the finish. Falanghina has a smooth texture and a delicate hint of spice running through the backbone so if you’re adding cinnamon or nutmeg to your soup it really brings it to the fore. Buy it here.


Equipment You Need For This Recipe

You’ll need a chopping board and the fact that it’s beautiful makes the cooking process so much more enjoyable. A decent sharp knife is a must when it comes to peeling a butternut squash. If you’re planning on having roast butternut soup a decent roasting pan is a good idea. Let’s not forget a good-sized pot to boil the soup in. Most importantly, we need a hand blender to create a silky smooth soup. Just click on the links to view further information about these specially selected products.

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Simple Butternut Squash Soup
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4
  • Serving size: 248.1g
  • Calories: 200
  • Fat: 9.5g
  • Saturated fat: 4.3g
  • Unsaturated fat: 0
  • Trans fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 29.7g
  • Sugar: 0.1g
  • Sodium: 52mg
  • Fiber: 3.3g
  • Protein: 2.5g
  • Cholesterol: 16mg

Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: South African
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 

The versatility of the humble butternut squash is amazing. Start out simple and later add your own original twists.
Ingredients
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) olive oil
  • 30g (1 oz) butter
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 900g (2 lbs) butternut, peeled and sliced
  • 900ml (1½ pints) Knorr vegetable or chicken stock
  • 30g (1 oz) chives, washed and roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil and butter in a large saucepan, add the onion and garlic and gently sauté.
  2. When the onion has softened after about 5 minutes, add the butternut and stock and stir well. Bring to the boil. Simmer for 25 minutes or until the butternut is soft.
  3. Blend the soup with a hand-held blender or in a food processor.
  4. Season to taste, serve in four bowls and sprinkle with the herbs.
Notes
Serving Suggestion
Your favourite type of bread, buttered, will go down a storm.
Notes
If you’re on Weight Watchers, simply omit the butter and oil and use low-fat cooking spray instead, which will turn the soup into 0 ProPoints! If you’re vegan, omit the butter and add more oil to the recipe instead. If you’re on a low-fat diet, leave out the oil and butter and use low-fat cooking spray.

Liked this recipe? Then you’ll love this one! Don’t forget about this easy step-by-step carrot soup too!

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Comments

  1. says

    I didn’t realise just how easy it was to make home made soup, thanks for this recipe. It looks fab and tastes very impressive for something so simple. I didn’t have any parsley so sprinkled over some coriander and a little black pepper, and served with a small dollop of greek yoghurt.

  2. ohh yessss!!! says

    Just made this recipe i have got to say it is lovely! first time i’ve tryed butternut squash just because i didn’t know what to do with it before i saw this recipe, but very nice i must say.
    Looks like i will be having soup for the next few weeks!.

  3. Bethannie says

    did this for a catering exam, found adding an extra clove of garlic and sauteing the butternut squash also added a lovely strong flavour. Tastes nice garnished with corriander too!

  4. Diana Ward says

    Mountain of butternut squash in the garden this year..just made gallons of your lovely soup, incorporating some of the above ideas into some..thanks from a blustery Northern France..

  5. Jaqui Somers says

    Does anyone know how long the soup will keep for. I made some on Monday – and it’s now Saturday – would it still be ok to eat or not? AND can it be frozen?

    Thanks xxx

  6. says

    Jacqui: As a general rule I don’t eat food that is more than 3 days old, so I can’t tell you whether the soup is okay or not. As long as you don’t add cream to it I don’t see any reason why you can’t freeze it though!

  7. alsilverfox says

    i am not a cook but being recently been made redundant and being at home all the time i thought i would give this a try believe me its the easiest thing i have ever done and the taste is great the only problem was peeling the buttersquash what a pain

  8. ART says

    I USED A DUTCH CHEESE SLICER TO PEEL IT,CUT DOWN ON THE TIME.DOWN SIDE,MY HANDS ARE ALL ORANGE FROM THE FLESHY CENTRE.SMELLS GREAT WHILE COOKIN!!!

  9. Sarah says

    i needed a recipe to try and recreate a soup i had in San Jose when the added two scallops to the middle of each bowl of soup.

  10. laura f says

    I made this a few weeks ago and it was absolutely delicous! I don’t cook (well unless you include bunging frozen food in the oven that is!) but this was simple to do but had an amazing taste to it. I added a little nutmeg to mine and some fabulous fresh bread (shop bought obviously!). My parents are coming down from London tomorrow to see my little one in his first nativity play and guess what they will be eating for their first course…. butternut squash soup! Thanks for recipe! xxx

  11. Kaye says

    Lovely, delicious soup. I added a carrot and some fresh red chili pepper to give it a bit of a kick – scrumptious!!

  12. R. Fisher says

    Easy to make,omitted olive oil and used used lite one cal instead still tasty.Can use it as a free food at slimming world
    and therefore eat as much as i want.

  13. angie says

    So easy to make and so tasty, followed carol’s tip of adding half a red chilli and the rind of half a lemon. Will definatley be making it again.

  14. Hilary says

    just cooked this recipie delicious !!! I put some curry paste in with the onions and garlic what a winter warmer. I also found peeling the butternut squash a pain as well never mind more peelings for my compost bin!!!

  15. Olenka says

    Regarding peeling, put it in to the microwave for a minute or minute and a half, it will get softer and easier to peel. good luck

  16. Marion says

    followed everyone’s tips, roasted squash, onion & garlic with cinnamon and seasoning. Once blended, delicious!

  17. Elizeane says

    Thank you sooo much for this recipe!!! I didnt have anything on my fridge today but butternut squash,onion and garlic! Made the soup and it was lovely…but as I didnt have 900ml of stock (I used chicken stock), I add 300ml of coconut milk. My God, the soup was delicious!! :)

  18. anna says

    One of my two allocated butternut squashes turned out a bit icky and stringy inside, so I substituted it with the same weight in sweet potato – nice! Added a dash of Noilly Prat after sauteing the veg, seemed to lift it. Smidgen of cream & of truffle oil (cheap now at the supermarket) – yum!!

  19. dee says

    Jacqui (21nov09): If you want to keep the soup a few days in the pan, just bring it to the boil once each day for a couple of minutes to keep it fresh. You may have to add some water to replace what you boil away.
    Great recipe. Have added it to my recipe collection for re-use.

  20. says

    What a great recipe. We are attempting to grow our own butternut squash this summer and if it works, I can see lots more of this delicious soup on our menu.

  21. Sam says

    Absolutely love this recipe… have made it three times now and every time it tastes better! Thank you. Might try the coconut milk suggestion next time… yummy!

  22. Sandy says

    Gosh I made this today as I absolutely love butternut squash and was watching a cooking programme which said to roast the pips with some soy sauce…which I did and they turned out well. I was fortunate to find your receipe for soup and made 3 times the amount due to the size of the squash but it turned out really lovely. I will definately try the coconut milk and curry paste. Thank you for sharing this receipe it was truely delicious! I note what people say about peeling the squash but I didn’t find it too bad with a potato peeler.

  23. says

    Thanks for the positive comment, Sandy! Any feedback is always appreciated. There are other butternut/pumpkin soup recipes on Greedy Gourmet in case you want to get more adventurous. :-)

  24. Lottie says

    Giving this soup a try tonight! :)
    Leaving out the garlic & salt, and using low salt stock so my 7 month old can share it with us. As the squash was hers in the first place and i’ve pinched it to make soup lol.

    From all the great comments I cannot wait to start cooking!
    x

  25. Linda says

    I’m looking forward to trying this recipe. It sounds so easy, and I need “easy” at the moment as I am heading for chemo again next week for the second time in two years.
    I live on soup for part of each cycle, so looking forward to trying this. The reviews say it all!

  26. Kate says

    I just made this for my lunch, it was delicious. Thanks. Useful too because I managed to use up the squash that I had leftover from my beef stew.

  27. says

    This looks like a great recipe! Think I will try cooking this for the girlfriend very soon (will let everyone know how we get on!). Will be perfect for the winter months coming soon!

  28. Sally says

    Never tried squash before so looked through so many recipes … not brave enough to try them though. When I landed on this page and saw all the great comments I headed straight for the kitchen. It is so easy to make and tastes delicious. I added half a chilli as suggested above and used half stock and half coconut milk. Thanks for the recipe, it’s great.

  29. Jono says

    Best soup ever…… For Whoever and whatever tastes, wins them all over from the 1st spoon to the bottom of the bowl….. Just made it myself with about 10 mins prep.. Now let’s get eating.

  30. matia says

    i added one small pot of single cream and served with fresh chopped spring onions and fresh thyme.delicious :) thanks for the recipe!

  31. Darren Reynolds says

    This is indeed a delicious soup. For a bit of variation, I would recommend adding a parsnip. Peel the parsnip. Some parsnips might need their core removing (mine do; I grow my own, but most supermarket ones won’t). Chop it into small pieces, no bigger than 1cm cubes. Add these with the butternut but extend the cooking to 45 minutes. For maximum happiness, make your own stock using the rest of the onion, the butternut peel and the parsnip peel,

  32. Jess Elliott says

    Just made this soup and it was lovely! Thanks:) I also added a bit of cinnamon which was really nice! Highly recomended from someone who had never tried butternut squash before!

  33. MAIMIE MACDIARMID says

    HI I FIRST TASTED THIS SOUP IN AMERICA FOUR YEARS AGO AND HAVE NOW TRIED THE APPLE VERSION WITH MY CHILDREN THEY LOVE IT TOMORROW CHRISTMAS DAY AND TRYING IT OUT ON MY NIECE AND NEPHEW I AM SURE THEY WILL LOVE IT TOO

  34. Hape says

    im will try the recipe it seems tp be the easiest one so far, and really looks like tons of people are indulging in it!

  35. foodingdo says

    Your pictures are an absolute delight, and so is your recipe. We would be glad if you could submit it on our site. Cheers :)

  36. says

    Wonderful! Great photos and wonderful recipe. I have butternut squash in the oven right now…..I’m going to stuff them. I just looked for a quick recipe for my friend and this popped up first in the search engine. I too am from South Africa and now live in the UK. Loving your site and am going to take a squiz at it. Great to see the pro points in there as well. :0)

    Necia

  37. Brenda says

    Have made your soup for the first time and it was delicious. My squash wasn’t big enough so andded some carrots and a little potato. As you suggested I added some spices (5 spice, cinamon and some chilli). Really liked this and for Slimming World it was free! Will try some of the other recipes now, hope they are as good

  38. janette says

    Thanks you so much for this recipe, Bought some reduced butternut squash determined to make something with them as never had them before. Your recipe was the only one I found that I had everything in for.
    I loved it and more importantly, the kids loved it. 10/10 for taste, simplicity and more importantly for me at this time cost.

  39. says

    I tried this recipe, i used fresh ginger instead of garlic and i cooked the onions, butternutsquash and ginger in butter and let them half cook, then added boiled water and simmered. I took some out for my 8 month old girl and she seemed happy with it. I added dried red chilles crushed and added cream and chopped spring onion upon serving. It came out delicious! Thanks for this recipe. :-)

  40. says

    I’m making it right now as I post a comment and it smells delicious! I agree with you when you say roasting brings out the flavour- I’ve added a pinch of allspice as well. It’s going to be enjoyed with bread and cheese. My two little ones will be having whats left for lunch tomorrow. Thanks for a great recipe!

  41. Leona says

    Wow! Just found, and I am so pleased. This recipe is so comprehensive, it’s really more than just a recipe. Thanks so much!

  42. says

    Hi, I’ve been making your Simple Butternut Squash Soup regularly since 2009 and thought it was high time that I thanked you for this brilliantly simple and delicious recipe that all my family love. I have seen how your blog has grown and it is brilliant. I have just started a blog of my own and am a little bewildered but also excited to start to sharing my recipes.

  43. catherine gillard says

    This is my favourite soup – I make it all the time. In fact I’m pretty sure that it was through searching for a recipe for butternut squash soup that I found Greedy Gourmet. It’s quick and easy to make and delicious – usually just stick to the original simple version.

  44. lucyface says

    Wow this is so easy to make and really tasty!
    Didnt use butter as am following slimming world and used fry light so is all syn free! Fabulous! :)

  45. says

    What a wonderful soup this has been today! I am suffering from ‘homa’, (kiswahili for flu or cold) today and the Kenyan weather isn’t helping. Thundering, breezy, and fits of rain showers every few minutes. I thought of making some kind of soup to soothe my sore throat and temp my palate since I don’t want to eat. I had all I needed on hand in my rural kitchen to make this delightful soup and I’m looking forward to making it again and again. Thanks for making this ill missionary a happy lady again!

  46. Alon says

    This recipe reminds me of gems squash from my young in South Africa. Do you know of a substitute one can buy in the States? And can we make it in the same fashion as the this squash?

    • says

      Oooh, I miss gem squash. You don’t really find them over here in the UK and if they do, they cost £1 each! Worst of all they’re not in great shape either. I don’t know what kinds of produce are available in USA but any type of squash/pumpkin (with exception to spaghetti squash) will do – go for those with dense flesh. Just use the same weights and you’ll be fine.

  47. says

    I make butternut pumpkin soup two ways with two slightly different flavours. If I do it with roasted pumpkin I have found that the special roasted flavour disappears if the soup is refrigerated or frozen for another day. This is not always true of soup make with other roasted vegs. If I use steamed/microwaved/boiled pumpkin I add a teaspoon of curry paste to give a little zing.

  48. Emma says

    I have never tried butternut squash before and bought it wanting to try it. This was the first recipe I stumbled upon on the net for cooking it and I have to say its the most amazing soup I have ever had. So much better than the processed stuff out of tins and so simple to make. I will definitely be trying more of your recipes and making this soup again with more twists. I added carrot and celery to mine and its mighty fine : D

    • says

      That’s the beauty of soup. It’s simple to prepare and has a big scope to play with ingredients. Glad to hear you enjoyed your tweaked soup. Thanks!

  49. Jonny says

    Made this soup and it is delicious. Just wondering if it would be possible to get some more nutritional information on it?
    Thanks

  50. says

    Hi from a fellow South African – now living in the UK. Tried the roasted version of the soup and it was absolutely delicious! It was the perfect lunch for a snowy Saturday. I also wanted to compliment you on the photos – superb!! You might want to consider photograpy as a sideline career. Kim

    • says

      Glad you enjoyed the soup. Thanks, Kim. I’m actually right in the middle of setting up my portfolio and last year already started shooting for restaurant and hotel clients.

  51. Bev B says

    I love butternut squash, but have never used it for soup. Really like your ideas for jazzing it up- coconut milk sounds lovely, and would definitely try sherry!

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