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Butternut Squash Soup - Quick and Easy Recipe

Updated on April 16, 2018
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Before I became a London solicitor, I used to help in our family restaurant. I love good food, enjoy creative cooking, and hate food waste.

You'll Love this Nutritious Butternut Squash Soup

This Butternut Squash Soup recipe is healthy, and very quick and easy to prepare, so it is suitable for beginners. As it is really a butternut squash puree soup, you will need a food processor, blender or juicer to make it properly.

Butternut Squash Soup Stored in a Pot


Butternut Squash Soup has a spicy and slightly sweet flavor and you can serve it hot, lukewarm or cold

You can even garnish your butternut squash soup with a dash of cream or yoghourt.

The vegetable has an outer skin which is hard, but nevertheless you can peel it quite easily. Inside, you will find that the pith is a pale orange colour, which turns to a darker rich orange colour as it ripens. There is also a hollow area inside the butternut squash which contains the seeds or pips, which you will need to remove before cooking.

To avoid confusion, note that In New Zealand and Australia, butternut squash may also be called butternut pumpkin.

Butternut Squash or Cucurbita Moschata


This is How I Discovered Butternut Squash Soup

(Skip this paragraph if you want to get straight to the point!)

Not so long ago, my brother gave me a butternut squash when I visited him. I wasn't too sure what to do with it, and left it lying around for a couple of weeks, intending to look up a recipe. I didn't get round to it and eventually I asked my sister how to cook it, as it is popular in Southern Africa, where she used to live. Her immediate and enthusiastic answer was to tell me how to make this simple butternut squash soup, which she assured me was scrumptious. I wasn't all that keen on trying it out, because she had told me that it was slightly sweet, but as it sounded easy, I thought I'd take a chance, shaping it to my own creative style.

It turned out to be very successful.

Butternut Squash Soup is Nutritious

It contains all these elements:

  • vitamin A
  • vitamin C
  • vitamin E
  • fibre
  • manganese
  • potassium
  • magnesium

Timing for Butternut Squash Soup

Preparation time: 5 min

Cooking time: 15 min

Ready in: 20 min

Yields: 4 Portions of Butternut Squash Soup

Equipment Needed

To Save Time, Assemble the Equipment and Ingredients Before you Start

  • Medium-sized Saucepan
  • Kitchen Knife
  • Potato Peeler
  • Tablespoon/Wooden Spoon
  • Chopping Board
  • Blender or Food Processor

Ingredients For Butternut Squash Soup

Assemble the Ingredients Before You Start

  • 1 Butternut Squash
  • 1 Small Onion
  • 1 tablespoonful Olive Oil or Butter, Olive oil is healthier but butter tastes nicer
  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice, Fresh or from a packet. 1/2 cup = 150 ml. or 1/4 pint
  • 1 small pinch of Sweet Chilli Flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoonful of Grated Nutmeg or Nutmeg Powder
  • 1 Clove
  • 1/2 teaspoonful of Turmeric, Optional
  • 1 Chicken Stock Cube
  • 1 teaspoonful of Crushed Ginger, fresh, bottled or frozen (or 1/3 teaspoon of powdered ginger)

NB: Precise amounts are not particularly important for this recipe, so you can add more or less or vary the ingredients

Diced Butternut Squash Cooking in the Pot



This slightly sweet butternut squash soup will be ready in no time at all

  • Peel and chop the onion. Put the olive oil or butter in the saucepan, add the onion and fry it gently on a low heat to soften it (called "sweating"). Don't let it go brown and crispy.
  • Then, whilst the onion is cooking, peel the butternut squash with your potato peeler and cut it into chunks. Then add it to the onions in the saucepan and add all the spices. Cook the mixture and stir for 2 - 3 minutes on a low heat.
  • Then add 2 cups of water, bring to the boil and simmer until the butternut squash is soft (10 - 15 minutes). Whilst it is cooking, add the orange juice and chicken stock cube.
  • Then puree the soup in a blender or food processor and return it to the saucepan.
  • Add a little more water to make up the required quantity of soup.
  • For an optional garnish, you could add a swirl of cream, plain thick yogurt or creme fraiche after you have served out the butternut squash soup into bowls, or you could sprinkle a small amount of aromatic fresh green herbs on the top.

Butternut Squash Soup can be served hot for a deliciously comforting slightly sweet soup or served lukewarm or cold as a refreshing summer soup

Dedicated to my Mother Who Would Have Loved my Butternut Squash Soup

Here's my mother, sitting outside, enjoying herself in the sunshine with a gin and tonic! The painting is by her Grandson
Here's my mother, sitting outside, enjoying herself in the sunshine with a gin and tonic! The painting is by her Grandson | Source

If you are elderly or a bit infirm and delicate, or losing your teeth, soup is a particularly good way of getting your nourishment in a digestible way.

If you really like soup, you would enjoy the recipes in the book below.

They all relate to soup, and nothing but soup, so you should be able to get some good ideas for pepping up your soup repertoire.

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @MelRootsNWrites: I never thought of cooking squash in a microwave

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @ecogranny: I'm hopeless, aren't I? I should have suggested a vegetable boullion cube as a vegetarian alternative

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Brite-Ideas: That's great, and hope you enjoy the soup

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Brite-Ideas: That's great, and hope you enjoy the soup

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      this sounds like a good recipe - going to pin this one :)

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks for a wonderful recipe. It looks delicious. As a wannabe/trying-to-be vegetarian, I would omit the chicken cube, but otherwise, I'll give your recipe a try this afternoon with some of my roasted squash puree.

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      Melody Lassalle 4 years ago from California

      Butternut is my favorite winter squash. Once I found out that I can cook it in the microwave it, I've been buying it more often.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I know I will love this recipe. Thanks!

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @SusannaDuffy: I've never tried growing it myself

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      Susanna Duffy 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I love a bit of butternut! Time to plant some for next year ...

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Lady Lorelei: I have only recently started buying it, after my sister suggested making soup

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I was looking at squash in the store the other day. I love it baked in the oven but never buy it. I have to rectify that.

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      Rhonda Albom 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Looks great. We make a butternut squash soup all winter, we will give yours a try too. (Love the boxes).

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      Aquamarine18 5 years ago

      I like your recipe but I just cracked over the drawing of your mother!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I like to use a stick immersion blender and just blend the cooked squash in the pan. No hideous cleanup. Hi from China! Blessings to you.

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      Random thoughts2 5 years ago

      Going to try on the coming Sunday

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      I love this Butternut Squash Soup

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      oztoo lm 5 years ago

      I love butternut soup. Will have to try your variation.

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      Jogalog 5 years ago

      I love butternut squash roasted with spices and served with yoghurt. This soup sounds lovely too.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Butternut soup is definitely a favorite of mine!

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      about-pomeranian 5 years ago

      I love any food which are fresh cooked and hot.

      Looking nice, liked your lens

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      RosaMorelli 5 years ago

      I love butternut squash, but I don't think I've used it in a soup as the main flavour - this recipe looks utterly wonderful, though, so I'm looking forward to trying it out :)

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      Your version of this tasty soup looks delicious.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      I have recently blogged about butternut squash bisque as I saw it was a new soup from Campbell's. It is such a delicious soup that you think you are having dessert. Haven't decided yet which is the best spice to sprinkle on top -- nutmeg, allspice or maybe cinnamon. You have good taste my dear!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice lens, we make this soup all the time, a great favorite.

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      Scraps2treasures 5 years ago

      I love butternut squash soup! I will have to try your recipe. Blessed by a Squid Angel :)

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      I made butternut squash soup recently and it was just gorgeous. Next time I'll try this recipe.

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      techmom 5 years ago

      Looks delicious! I can't wait to try it!