When was the last time you enjoyed a hearty and comforting butternut squash soup? Just because this soup is luscious and creamy, doesn’t mean it’s sinful and off limits. In fact, this is a slimming world butternut squash soup recipe, which you can enjoy totally guilt-free.
Remember, it’s not about calorie count. It’s about eating the right foods that are healthy and which are filling. Therefore, this slimming world butternut squash soup is the perfect way to go if you are looking for a healthy recipe. In addition, when the weather goes grim and it’s super-cold outside, you’ll be able to warm up instantly. There is nothing more cosy that than bowl of warm homemade squash soup.
Serve this slimming world butternut squash soup immediately for best results. Feel at liberty to add some syn-free toppings. Otherwise, if you have a bit of syn allowance for the day, you can also decorate your soup with cream and bacon. Enjoy.
Products You Need for this Soup
Here’s a list of things you need to complete this slimming world butternut squash soup recipe:
- Low calorie cooking spray – you’ll need this for our slimming world butternut squash soup
- Hand blender – use a hand blender to process the soup straight in the pot
- Table blender – use a jug blender that will make quick work of blending the soup until smooth
- Soup bowls – which can be used for cereal, rice, desserts and more
- Slow cooker – this will tenderise your vegetables for other recipes too
- Soup Maker – alternatively, you can place all the ingredients in this gadget and let it do its thing
- Pinch of Nom – if you want to have plenty of great low-calorie recipes at hand
slimming world butternut squash soup
This slimming world butternut squash soup is completely syn-free. This is because it calls for low-calorie cooking spray instead of vegetable or olive oil. Just like my slimming world beef stroganoff recipe, you can enjoy this soup to the maximum.
Now, this butternut squash soup calls for one of my most favourite seasonal ingredients – the humble butternut squash!
Butternut squash is also known as butternut pumpkin or gramma. It is popular for its distinct nutty flavour with sweet tones as well as its vibrant yellow/orange colour.
how to make slimming world vegetable soup
I’ve made many delicious butternut squash recipes because I enjoy the texture as well as the nutty flavour of the butternut squash. Check these out and inspire yourself with these simple butternut squash recipes:
- butternut dauphinoise
- butternut squash risotto
- simple butternut squash soup
- butternut and chickpea burger
- chicken liver and roast butternut squash pate
As you can see, butternut squash is truly versatile.
Tip: If you are looking for a decent butternut squash substitute for this slimming world butternut squash soup, try these:
- acorn squash
- delicate squash
- hubbard squash
- yellow squash
- buttercup squash
- hokkaido pumpkin
butternut squash and sweet potato soup
The best part about this butternut squash soup is that you can combine it with other vegetables. For instance, you can consider adding sweet potatoes. They are completely healthy and perfect for diabetics as they have practically no sugar content, hence a low Glycaemic Index (GI).
Although, the addition of a sweet potato might thicken up your soup even more as the texture is similar to that of the butternut squash. Therefore, simply add a bit of water into your slimming world butternut squash soup and dilute it until you have the perfect consistency. Trust me, it works. I’ve made a delicious pumpkin and sweet potato soup before.
If you’ve got leftover sweet potatoes, then you can consider these recipes:
- sweet potato and red pepper soup
- slow cooker sweet potato soup
- vegan sweet potato pancakes
- roasted sweet potato mash
- vegan sweet potato gnocchi
butternut squash and carrot soup
Carrot is another excellent addition to your slimming world butternut squash soup recipe. It will make your soup even more earthy, and the soup will take on a vibrant orange colour.
I love cooking with carrot. I’ve made many soups with carrot, like these:
However, butternut squash works with all sorts of ingredients. For example, here are other combinations you can consider making:
syn-full toppings for soup
Remember, just because a topping has some syns doesn’t mean you should feel guilty about eating this slimming world butternut squash soup recipe. As always, allow yourself some cheat days from time to time.
Even so, if you’ve been good all day and you’ve got some syn allowance left, feel free to consider these tempting toppings for the butternut squash soup.
- double cream – 1 tablespoon is approximately 3.5 syns
- single cream – 1 tablespoon is approximately 1.5 syns
- elmlea light cream – this version of cream contains much less fat (approx. 45% less) as it’s made from buttermilk. It contains 1 syn per tablespoon.
- salted pumpkin seeds – 1 tablespoon is 3 syns (although this would be the perfect topping for this slimming world butternut squash recipe)
- flaked almonds – in 1 tablespoon: 4.5 syns
- 10 cashew nuts – roughly 5 syns
- 5 hazelnuts -approximately 2.5 syns
- 4 walnut halves – about 4 syns (treat each walnut half as 1 syn)
- 25g of breadcrumbs (a handful) – approximately 4.5 syns
- bacon bits – 1 tablespoon contains 4 syns
Again, if you have a spare syn allowance, feel free to top this slimming world butternut squash soup with whatever you feel like. However, if you don’t, then I suggest sticking with toppings that contain the least amount of syns.
syn-free toppings for soup
In general, herbs and spices are completely syn-free. So, they are perfect for keeping this slimming world butternut squash soup syn-free.
So, consider these delicious syn-free herbs which you can practically use on all recipes:
- watercress – it will add a peppery taste (you can also use rocket salad)
- coriander – you can also try these coriander substitutes
- marjoram or these marjoram substitutes
- tarragon or these tarragon substitutes
- fennel or these fennel substitutes (although it’s not a herb)
- chives or these chives substitutes
- sage or these sage substitutes
- lemongrass or these lemongrass substitutes
Here’s some spices and sauces with which you can add some flavour to the slimming world butternut squash soup recipe:
- tabasco sauce – believe it or not this sauce is totally syn-free
- allspice or these allspice substitutes
- black pepper
- chilli powder or these chilli powder substitutes
- paprika or these paprika substitutes
- smoked paprika or these smoked paprika substitutes
- aleppo peppers or these substitutes
So, how will you serve your butternut squash soup recipe? Will you go for syn-full toppings or syn-free toppings? Let me know in the comments section below.Print
Make this easy and totally syn-free slimming world butternut squash soup. It’s a simple soup recipe that will warm you up in the colder months.
- 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
- Spray a large saucepan with cooking spray, add the onion and garlic and gently sauté.
- 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.
- Blend the soup with a hand-held blender or in a food processor.
- Season to taste, serve in four bowls and sprinkle with the herbs.
- If you’re not on any kind of diet, you can substitute the cooking spray with 15ml (1 tbsp) butter and 15ml (1 tbsp) olive oil, fry the onions and follow the instructions.
- Your favourite type of bread, buttered, will go down a storm.
- 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.
- Category: Soup
- Method: Boil
- Cuisine: South African
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