This delicious Butternut Squash Soup is super-easy to make, vegan, gluten-free and Syn Free on Slimming World. Choose your favourite soup making method: Stovetop, Slow Cooker, Instant Pot and Soup Maker instructions included.
1medium butternut squash , peeled and roughly chopped
1tspmild curry powder
1bay leaf LEAVE OUT IN SOUP MAKER
750ml| 3 cups vegetable stock(broth)
Salt and pepper to season
For a creamy soup (optional)
125ml/ 1/2 cup coconut milk or dairy milk(fat free for SW version)
Cream to drizzle*do not use on SW
Toppings and garnishes
2tspmixed seeds(Healthy Extra B)
1small slice wholemeal bread
dried chilli flakes
STOVETOP BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP
Spray your pot with low calorie cooking spray or use a little olive oil.
Add the onion, potato, garlic and bay leaf. Stir in the salt and any spices you are using - here mild curry powder, turmeric, ground ginger and sweet paprika. If you are using Thai curry paste add it now.
Sauté over medium-low heat for a couple of minutes.
Add the cubed butternut squash and stir to combine.
Pour in the vegetable stock and bring to a simmer. Partially cover the pot and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
Remove and discard the bay leaf. Use an immersion blender to blitz the soup to velvety creaminess. Alternatively you can use a blender but be careful when processing hot soup!
OPTIONAL: stir in coconut milk /milk and heat through if using.Taste and season. Serve garnished with pumpkin and sunflower seeds, dried chilli flakes and wholemeal croutons etc.
INSTANT POT BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP
Add all the ingredients to your pressure cooker. Cover, set vent to sealing and cook for 8 minutes at high pressure.
Perform a quick release, open the pot and remove the bay leaf.
If you are adding coconut milk or milk then stir it in now.
Use a stick blender to blend the soup until smooth.
Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP IN SOUP MAKER
Do not use any bay leaves in this method!
Add all the ingredients in the order listed. Make sure to only add enough stock to the maximum line indicated in your soup maker.
Select the ‘Smooth’ setting and let the machine quick and blend your soup - easy right?
If you wish to add milk then transfer the soup to a pot first. Taste, season and serve.
BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP IN SLOW COOKER
Add all the ingredients in your slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook on 4-5 hours on HIGH or 6-8 hours on LOW setting.
Remove the bay leaf and blend. Stir in milk/cream etc if using and serve.
BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP VARIATIONSCREAMY BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP - add some coconut milk if you want to keep the recipe vegan. Adding milk and/or cream is another classic way to enrich this soup although it will no longer by Syn Free (see notes). Creamy squash soup can be flavoured with herbs like sage and thyme.CURRIED BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP - warming spices work so well with squash. I have added mild curry powder, turmeric, ground ginger and a little paprika. Add some cayenne pepper and dried chilli flakes if you like it hot!THAI SQUASH SOUP - adding a little Thai red curry paste is really easy way to flavour this soup. Check the brand you use is gluten free / vegan if that is a concern.SLIMMING WORLD BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP This soup is a favourite among Slimming World members - it is filling and Syn Free! One serving is 160 calories and 5 SmartPoints on WeightWatchers.If you want to make a creamy squash soup, make sure you use some of your Healthy Extra A allowance for the milk, whether you use dairy or plant based drinks.Any toppings such as seeds and croutons are Healthy Extra B choices - two teaspoons of seeds or 60g of wholemeal bread. I like to toast the bread and cut it up to make croutons.
Please note I am not affiliated in any way with Slimming World or Weight Watchers. Syn values and SmartPoints are based on online calculators.
Nutritional information is always approximate, and will depend on quality of ingredients and serving sizes.