A simple butternut squash and lemon soup

by sophie on October 29, 2012 · 6 comments

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This soup was inspired by one that I had a new local restaurant Florio on my last visit there, a simple butternut squash soup topped with greek yogurt and almonds. A pretty straightforward soup, but much more enjoyable than expected because of the deep lemon flavour and the clever garnishes. This is not a fancy soup by any means but the combined tang of citrus juice and the sweeter zest really lift the soup and the yogurt and almonds mean that each mouthful is slightly different, right the way to the bottom of the bowl.  Happily for once my experiments at home turned out pleasingly similar first time.

Early in the Autumn a soup can be a simple thing like this.  I’m sure that come February our collective taste in soup will become more demanding and we’ll be looking for full nutrition-in-a-bowl, rejuvenating solutions complete with protein and whole grains and fresh asian flavours.  But for now this little squash and citrus number will do just fine.

p.s if you’re after a spicier,more robust squash soup this one arrived in my inbox while I was writing up my recipe


Recipe for Butternut squash and lemon soup

The quantities in this recipe make a small batch of soup from a small squash. If you have a bigger squash you can scale up with more stock and more lemon.

1 small butternut squash (about 600g)
1 tbsp olive oil plus extra for cooking the squash
1 medium onion, finely diced
a splash of white vermouth or white wine
325ml vegetable stock
325ml hot water
1 lemon (juice and zest)

Toasted, flaked almonds and thick greek style yogurt to garnish.

Preheat the oven to 220 C (425 F)

Halve the butternut squash and rub the cut surfaces with olive oil.  Roast the squash in a baking tray cut side down with a splash of hot water.  Cook for around 40 minutes or until completely soft.

Saute the onions in a large pan with the tablespoon of olive oil.  Cook on a low heat for around 10 minutes or until soft.

Turn up the up the heat under the onions and add a good splash of vermouth or white wine.  Allow most of the liquid to bubble away and then turn the heat down again.

Add the flesh from the squash to the pan and stir into the onions.

Add the zest of the lemon to the pan and the stock and water.  

Simmer for 10 minutes.

Blitz with a stick blender or food processor.

Add half of the lemon juice to the pan just before serving the soup (keep the remainder to refresh any leftover soup before serving)

Dish the soup out and top with toasted almonds and a dollop of yogurt.


kathryn elliott October 29, 2012 at 20:10

Oh what a lovely recipe Sophie. I know exactly what you mean about being happy with simpler, lighter soups on autumn days, suits the season much better. I also like a soup with “toppings”, amazing the flavour and texture you can add with just a few extra bits and pieces.

When I first saw the bottom photo I thought it was an *enormous* pile of full-sized pumpkins, but I think they’re small ones, aren’t they?

sophie October 29, 2012 at 20:13

the toppings make this one I think Kathryn.

And yes, they are a pile of small pumpkins. Our local box scheme have a pumpkin box offer and I couldn’t resist as they last so well

Elaine October 29, 2012 at 20:55

Oh, Sophie, this looks and sounds fabulous. I read Kathryn’s tweet during my lunch break and had to rush over to check out the recipe. Butternut squash soup is one of my favourite autumn/winter soups. I’ve never tried a citrus-flavoured version before. And the way you describe the taste experience, well, I’m convinced I should experiment.

Beautiful autumnal photos. Such a treat to read this post on a wet afternoon. Only wish I could now spend the rest of it in the kitchen.

Ayeisha November 7, 2012 at 22:29

This looks delicious!

I am 15 and have just started my own food blog t0astfordinner.blogspot.co.uk it would really help me if you looked at my blog and commented or told people you know about it. Thanks x

Ana Cooks November 27, 2012 at 16:18

everytime i come here, i get hungry!
i love your food photography…it really is inspiring!

Doot June 16, 2013 at 08:27

I’m new to this site but already want to rush out and buy a butternut squash! It’s cold enough for lovely nourishing soup! My daughter doesn’t like cooking but I do so this is one she can take to work in a flask. Thank you so much, Sophie, for sharing your recipes (and hen wisdom!).

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