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Monday 8 December 2008

Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

I tried this recipe last week - it's very yummy. Although I have to confess I used frozen butternut squash! It's not as flavoursome as the fresh variety, though not bad when roasted and in soups. And at least the pre-prepared frozen variety doesn't entail me using my samauri sword techniques to prepare it. Delia Smith would be proud of me! Anyway onto the recipe....

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion - peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic - peeled and crushed (OK I left out the garlic, not my favourite)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
11 oz (300g) sweet potato (peeled weight and diced)
9 oz (250g) butternut squash - peeled weight and diced
1 litre (1 3/4 pints) vegetable stock
2 x 2 teaspoons chopped fresh coriander

Heat oil in a large saucepan, add onion and garlic, cook until soft,

Add ground cumin and cook a further minute.

Add sweet potato and butternut squash, stir and cook for two minutes.

Add seasoning and stock, bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes or until the sweet potato is cooked.

Blend or process vegetable mixture until smooth, stir in the fresh coriander, dilute with water if necessary.

Serve soup hot or cold (and it freezes well too).



  1. YUM!!! I'll be putting those on my grocery list.

  2. Forgot to mention - if you'll bake the squash for a while, after poking some holes in it, it'll soften and be easier to cut up. You can do it in the oven or the microwave. If you can cut it in half (and that IS hard!), that would work even better.

  3. Sian, I made the soup yesterday, chilled it overnight, then mashed it today. I reheated it for supper tonight, and it was delicious!!! Thanks so much.

  4. Glad to hear the soup was a success! I didn't think of the microwave for squash - I'll try that suggestion. Thanks!

  5. I made it tonight, or a variation of same. I added an apple and a bit of orange zest. Even Walt liked it--and he doesn't like squash.

  6. Oooh Bev that sounds an interesting variation. I shall try adding an apple too. I have a recipe a friend gave me for Parsnip and Apple soup so must look that one up again and share.

  7. Thankyou so much for this's delicious and your blog is beautiful. I live in london and this has given me a fab escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

  8. Thanks Katrina - glad you enjoyed the soup, AND reading my blog. I'm an escapee from the Kentish/London border so I can understand how you feel!