My best butternut soup recipe

My best butternut soup recipe

This is the basic formula for my best butternut soup recipe and I have played around with variations. Last week when I made it again, I used celery instead of leeks and roasted the butternut & sweet potato. I used small butternut as it was all I had so I added 3 carrots to the tray. It all turned out perfectly. I don’t think you need to worry too much about precision here.

Around mid-2017 I decided to make my best butternut & sweet potato soup recipe and to add the flavourings that I really like with it. I luckily recorded this in my notes on my phone but never got around to blogging about it. I wanted my soup to be bright with a touch of heat and acidity because so many butternut soups are just flat and bland.

My best butternut soup recipe

The ginger and citrus give this soup a delicious wake-up call. I like there to be a hint of spice in the mix so I opted for cumin, turmeric and masala. I don’t need any heat as in chilli, but occasionally add a pinch of dried chilli flakes. If heat is important to you I would suggest adding it to your preference.

My best butternut soup recipe

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My best butternut soup recipe

*Cooks notes – If you want to roast the sweet potato and butternut before, and this does add depth, toss the vegetable lightly in olive oil, spread out onto a baking tray and season with salt & pepper. Roast in a preheated oven that has been preheated to 190C / F for 35 – 40 minutes until they just start taking on some colour and are just cooked through. Alternatively, skip this step.

This soup will only be as nice with the orange variety of sweet potato and if you don’t have one, just use one large butternut or 2 medium instead. Pumpkin would also work equally as well to replace the butternut.

To make this recipe vegan, use olive oil only and finish it off with coconut cream/milk instead of the cream.

I use around 1 litre to I litre and a cup (250ml) of stock depending on how thick I like it and how big my vegetables are.

My best butternut soup recipe

The recipe makes one large pot of soup. Serve with my easy cheese and sweetcorn bread or easy whole-wheat bread.

My best butternut soup recipe

My favourite recipe for butternut soup with warming spices of ginger and a dash of curry
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My best butternut soup recipe


  • 1 medium butternut peeled, deseeded and cut
  • 1 large orange sweet potato peeled and cut into similar sizes to the butternut
  • 1 – 2  carrots chopped
  • 1 large leek or 2 celery stalks, or both, chopped
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • Olive oil and a knob of butter
  • A few sprigs parsley 
  • 2 – 3 bay leaves
  • 1 large piece of ginger grated about 6 cm
  • 2 small pieces turmeric grated or 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 cloves garlic 
  • Small pinch chilli flakes  optional
  • Salt pepper 
  • 1 tsp masala/curry powder of your choice
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • Approx 1 litre – 1 litre plus 250ml of vegetable stock I used 3 good stock cubes or 4 stock sachets to 1 litre/ 1.25 litres of water
  • Juice of 1 orange or 2 clementines
  • Cream to finish 
  • Dukkha to sprinkle or other toasted seeds and nuts


  •  If you are pre-roasting the butternut, sweet potato and carrots – see the cooks notes above this recipe and do this at the start.
  • In a large heavy-based pot add the olive oil and butter and sweat the onions/leeks/celery until soft. Put the lid on to generate some steam which helps the sweating. Once soft, add the bay leaves, parsley, garlic and spices and cook for a minute or two until fragrant and just starting to stick to the bottom of the pot.
  • If you are adding the roasted or uncooked vegetables do so now and immediately add the stock and orange juice. Cover and allow to simmer over a gentle heat for about 45 minutes. If the vegetables are uncooked, cook for about an hour. Take this off the heat, allow to cool slightly, or if you have a metal stick blender you can process this soup while it is still hot.
  • Remove the bay leaves and then process the soup with a handheld stick blender or in a liquidiser/food processor until smooth.
  • Serve with fresh cream/coconut cream and dukkha if you have. Chopped roasted nuts and seeds also work really nicely. A nice crusty loaf of bread is mandatory in my opinion too.
Author: Sam Linsell

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  1. This sounds wonderful! I love the spices, the clementine, and the toppings. And as always, your photos are stunning.

  2. Thnak you mimi x

  3. I made this last night and it was DELICIOUS!!! I never had some of the ingredients but it still turned out amazing. I also roasted my vegetables and this definitely adds depth. I would recommend that option. Thank you x

  4. Dominique says:

    Hi, which stock cubes do you use? And do you roast the carrots too? Thanks 🙂

  5. I’m so glad you enjoyed the flavours in the soup. Stay safe! Sam x

  6. Hi Dominique – I either use Italian vegetable stock cubes which I buy from the local Italian importer shops or I like the Woolies and Ina Paarman vegetable stock sachets. Nomu fond is also great.

  7. Deldi Burger says:

    Hi Sam. I made your soup tonight. I don’t know why, but I forgot the bayleaves. 🙁 It’s the first time I’ve eaten butternut soup, and oh boy! Have I been missing out!
    Guess I’ll have to make it again soon and add the bay leaves.

    Thank you for a wonderful recipe.

  8. This is definitely a winner!

  9. So glad you enjoyed it Julie

  10. I am new at the soup game and I loved making this and feeding the cast of a play we are writing. Each rehearsal I try a new soup. This has been the best so far. A good soup gets all our creative juices flowing. Thank YOU It was a pleasure reading and doing.

  11. Thank yo so much for the kind feedback Sandy, this made my day. I’m so glad you enjoyed the soup as much as I do.

  12. Buttrrnet soup is one of my favourites but over the years it has become a bit boring. I’m glad that I found this recipe which I made tonight. This is the tastiest butternut soup I’ve made! I forgot the carrots but I did roast the butternut and sweet potatoes with a few cloves of garlic. Delicious! Thank you Sam!

  13. Im so glad you enjoyed this recipe Lenore.

  14. Just made after someone recommended it! I can’t believe how amazing it turned out! A real winner!

  15. I’m so glad you enjoyed this Hlombe 🙂

  16. this sounds delicious!!! Can i ask can i serve it with prawns instead??

  17. Hi Sihle, You can eat whatever you want but personally I have never eaten prawns with butternut soup:)

  18. I loved reading this recipe, i want to make a delicious butternut soup, one that’ll make it’s mark?and I think I found it? Thanks for sharing it, the pictures are gorgeous ?

  19. Hi Gaynor, I hope you love it as much as I do. Always nice to add your own tweaks if necessary. Enjoy!

  20. Hildegarde says:

    This really is the best butternut soup! I have made it many, many times and everyone who’s eaten it wants the recipe. It’s a keeper.

  21. Hi Hildergarde – I’m so glad you loved it as much as I do

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