Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

Sometimes all I really want is soup. Today, all I really wanted was soup. So I made some. However, I couldn’t be bothered to brave the cold and visit the shops so I had to work with what I had (not a lot!) But I love that kind of cooking – a Sunday afternoon challenge to see what I can pull together and soup in particular is perfect for veg on the turn!

spicy butternut squash soup

So – here goes – spicy butternut squash soup. Roughly enough for 4 people.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 1 large or 2 medium potatoes
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 3 small tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 – vegetable stock (using a stock cube)
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp crushed coriander seeds / coriander powder
  • 1 chilli diced (or chilli powder)
ingredients for spicy butternut squash soup

Method:

  • Start by sweating the onions and garlic down over a medium heat in a frying pan until soft (around 5-10 minutes)
  • Add the spices and chilli and give it a good stir, cooking for a further 1-2 mins before adding the diced butternut squash, potatoes and tomatoes and let it all cook for around 5 mins, stirring frequently so that it doesn’t catch.
  • Pour in the stock (judge how much you need – it should just cover the veg.
  • Stick on the lid and simmer gently for around 20 mins or until the veg is soft.
  • Let it cool slightly before whizzing with a food processor or hand blender until smooth.
  • Season with salt and cracked black pepper and if you want, a swirl of crème fraiche.
three stages of cooking, Squash soup, spicy squash soup, gingey bites
spicy butternut squash soup

And that’s it – so quick and easy! I love soup and usually make chunky soups but this one is definitely a smooth soup so make sure you really whizz it up until smooth.  Although I occasionally treat myself to a covent garden soup, I can’t understand why people buy the tinned stuff. For the most part it tastes nasty and soup is just so easy and cheap to make yourself!

I’m entering this recipe into the vegetarian soup and salad blog challenge ‘no croutons required‘ which is run by fabulous bloggers Tinned Tomatoes and Lisa’s Kitchen. These blog link ups are such a great place to look for inspiration and find new blogs to read too! This month its being hosted by Lisa’s Kitchen so do pop over and take a look. This month its all about winter warmers so if I do say so myself, my spicy butternut quash soup ticks all the boxes!

I’m also entering it into a new blog link up run by Jo’s Kitchen called Super Soup! I’ve known Jo for a couple of years now through the BBC Good Food Show and she’s another local Midlands blogger. Check her blog out for lots of family friendly recipes. Click on the link below and have a nose at the soup recipes being collected there!
What is your favourite soup? 

Let me know in the comments below. 

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  1. 6th January 2015 / 8:11 pm

    Sounds delicious – although I hate preparing butternut squash (all my knives seem to be inadequate!) – it does make lovely soup. Thanks for sharing.

  2. 8th January 2015 / 3:49 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Marina! It is a pain isn't it! Especially scraping the slimy seeds out.. eghhh. 🙂

  3. 13th January 2015 / 9:11 pm

    Lovely. I do adore soups that employ staples that most cooks have on hand. Warming and inviting. Thanks for sharing with NCR.

  4. 16th January 2015 / 2:58 pm

    My internet is slow today, so the pictures for this post loaded line by line (ala the dial up age) and I can confirm that when loaded that way, the butternut squash in this picture made quite a few people stop by my computer and go "WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?!"

    So they all sat and waited to prove I was looking at a veggie soup and not willies with hats on, and now there are currently 4 of us sitting here really wanting soup.

    So cheers!

  5. 17th January 2015 / 9:48 am

    Hahahaha! Brilliant! Yes, it was definitely soup and not willies with hats on (or cats dressed as sushi – thats a real thing by the way). 🙂

  6. 11th August 2016 / 2:24 pm

    Your comment on this blog post has reminded me that I've not made butternut squash soup for far too long! Thank you 🙂

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