Two Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup Recipes – one Vegan, the other with a Kick

“You have to eat soup if you want to become big and strong!” As I was growing up, my Mamie (nan) always had all sorts of (questionable) phrases to describe the benefits of various items on my plate. I fondly remember the ones about carrots. Did you know they make you pleasant and also give you nice thighs (do not ask!)? Fish makes you clever and a glass of red wine per day keeps you healthy… Some of these might not be scientifically proven, but I just accepted them as facts when I was younger. You believe everything adults tell you when you are small, don’t you?

Now I am a (small) grown up, soup is something I love to put together and experiment with. My four little ones and Hubby are all soup-lovers as well so that makes life easy. When The New Covent Garden Soup Company got in touch and asked me whether I wanted to try making soup using their new Souper Boosters, I could not refuse.

Making Soup with New Covent Garden

The pastes are designed to take your homemade soup to the next level and they sent me a few tubes of their new flavour boosting paste as well as a vegetable box.

New Covent Garden Souper Boosters - Soup with a Kick

As soon as I opened the vegetable box, I started thinking of combinations my family would enjoy. The first soup I made was a nice base for Souper Boosters with onion, garlic, carrots, parsnips, sweet potato and butternut squash. I have to say I was not keen on adding flavours, probably because I am used to soup that has nothing but vegetables and stock in.

Experimenting with Souper Booster by New Covent Garden

The rest of the family did not agree with me. The children had it with the Wild Garlic & Herbs paste. Although Crevette was undecided, Beanie was completely won over and declared, “It’s the best soup ever!” Hubby had it with the Roasted Moroccan paste and he thoroughly enjoyed it.

The following day, I made soup again and looked for inspiration online. The New Covent Garden kitchen came up with a soup recipe I knew we would love, a Spicy Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup I used similar ingredients to those suggested on the recipe, but adapted it so I could use what we already had at home. That one was a huge success with all of us. Hubby loved both the Aromatic Thai and Mexican Chilli flavours. The children and I had the soup without extra flavourings I will certainly be making it again soon!

Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup

Without further ado, here are my two recipes:


Two Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup Recipes – one Vegan, the other with a Kick

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes


For the Vegan Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup:

  • 3 tablespoons rapeseed oil
  • 1 onion 100g, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 3 carrots 250g, peeled and sliced
  • 2 parsnips 150g, peeled and sliced
  • 1 sweet potato 250g, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 butternut squash peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch salt
  • 1.2 litre vegetable stock
  • 100 ml oat or soya cream
  • Optional: flavouring paste

For the Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup with a Kick:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 2 sweet potatoes 250 g, peeled and diced
  • 1 small butternut squash peeled, deseeded and diced
  • half teaspoon piment d’Espelette or mild chili powder
  • half a red chili finely chopped keep the seeds if you like spicy food; remove them if you would rather have a mild soup
  • 800 ml vegetable stock
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 125 ml double cream
  • Optional: flavouring paste


  1. Warm the oil or butter in a large pan on a medium heat. Fry the onions for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. Add the garlic and root vegetables and stir fry for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the butternut squash and cover for 10 minutes, until the vegetables have softened and stir in the spices.
  4. Add the stock. Bring to the boil then simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
  5. Take off the heat, stir in the mustard / cream and flavouring paste (if using). Allow to cool down a little and blend.
  6. Serve warm.

Our favourite soup at home is my carrot and parsnip one. What is yours?

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  1. traceypeach says:

    My Favourite Soup Is Vegetable Soup xxx

  2. iain maciver says:

    butternut squash and sweet potato

  3. buntyw says:

    Leek and potato

  4. I love homemade chicken broth! I make loads of soups – love it and my children do too – plenty of veg for their five-a-day too!

  5. Nancy says:

    Red lentil & carrot soup

  6. winnie says:

    carrot and coriander soup

  7. Chicken soup is my favourite

  8. I’m a huge fan of soup and my all time favourite is lentil soup

  9. kellyjo walters says:

    butternut squash

  10. lesley says:

    my favorite is probably french onion! oh, and broccoli cheddar

  11. My favourite soup is lentil soup. But I have recently been trying out FODMAP recipes, and found a nice parsnip potato and feta cheese soup.
    The pastes look lovely as does your soup.
    Thank you.

  12. Hayley F says:

    Pea and ham x

  13. laura banks says:

    mushroom soup

  14. mushroom soup

  15. pete c says:

    pea and ham

  16. i love roasted parsnip and potato soup

  17. Kate Cass says:

    Gosh, I love soup full stop! Love carrot and coriander, and when I want the warm snuggly feeling I love leek and potato with ham nom nom nom

  18. Leek and Potato x

  19. clair downham says:

    tomato thankyou

  20. Veronika Farkas says:

    Vegetable soup 🙂

  21. Paula Readings says:

    Tomato & Basil

  22. julie booth says:

    carrot and coriander

  23. morag p says:

    carrot and coriander

  24. Rey Chunara says:

    I love vegetable soup

  25. Tomato soup

  26. Martina Pichova says:

    I love spicy lentil soup.

  27. gemma brown says:

    broccoli and stilton

  28. ashleigh allan says:

    broccoli and stilton

  29. Susan lloyd says:

    Leek and potato x

  30. Spencer Broadley says:

    Minestrone, or chunky vegetable

  31. Nichole says:

    chicken noodle soup

  32. Home made broccoli soup – ps your soups look fab

  33. Carrot and Coriander

  34. sue hodges says:

    vegetable soup with veggies straight from the graden

  35. Heather T says:

    Carrot & Corriander

  36. Charlene Price says:

    Leek and potato

  37. Chris Davies says:


  38. Sophia says:

    Chicken soup

  39. Simon tutthill says:

    The vegetable soup sounds really good

  40. Hayley says:

    Lentil or three bean chilli

  41. Siobhan Davis says:

    Leak and Potato 🙂

  42. HOmemade tomato and basil

  43. Janet Dring says:


  44. Val Hartley says:


  45. Helen Grayson says:

    My favourite is alway ‘go to’ tomato! Because it is really warming!

  46. PHILIP W says:

    Onions, carrots and bacon with black pepper

  47. risey1983 says:

    Sweet Potato and Chorizo

  48. Chicken. Even when i’m not ill.

  49. Tomato soup

  50. Caroline H says:

    Broccoli and stilton for me.

  51. Emma Ferguson says:

    Chicken soup

  52. S Bufton says:

    Leek and Potato Soup 🙂

  53. Tracy Newton says:

    Pea, mint and courgette

  54. George Brabyn says:

    Standard tomato soup for me

  55. My favourite soup is the thai one I make. Sweet potato, coconut milk, thai paste, lemongrass and chillies. I’m sure I could add a little of the thai soup booster here though to make it a lot easier and quicker! I love thai flavours, goes so well with fish, potato, carrot etc

  56. Vivien Baird says:

    Home made cream of tomato

  57. Rena Plumridge says:


  58. Ms C Bryan says:

    Butternut squash and sweet peppers

  59. Kelly Roxanne smith says:

    stilton and brocolli, yum thanks

  60. Tomato soup is my fave x

  61. i love brocolli n stilton 🙂 ty x

  62. Suzanne says:

    Spinach and potato

  63. sarah birkett says:

    It varies on my mood, but at the moment its potato and apple

  64. Anthony G says:

    Has to be broccoli & stilton 🙂

  65. tomato

  66. maureen findley says:


  67. tomato soup, basic but lovely!

  68. Mark Witherington says:

    Chicken Soup

  69. Chicken and sweetcorn

  70. sweet potato special……..that’s one sweet potato, 1 regular potato, tsp red thai curry paste, 1 carrot, 1 tsp veg stock powder, third tin coconut soup, 1 pt hot water approx, in my soup maker…..21 mins later heaven

  71. Ruth Harwood says:

    Chicken xx

  72. Mark Palmer says:

    Leek and potato

  73. stilton and brocolli

  74. Chicken and mushroom 🙂

  75. Maria Mair says:

    mediterranean veg

  76. Paul T says:

    Tomato soup

  77. Emily Hutchinson says:

    I love cream of tomato

  78. Yvonne Crook says:

    Tomato and Red Pepper

  79. Jo Henderson says:

    Butternut squash

  80. Lisa Backhouse says:

    broccoli & stilton

  81. Gillian Holmes says:

    Spicey Parsnip

  82. Kay Panayi says:

    I love good old tomato

  83. Cream of tomato 🙂

  84. helen tovell says:


  85. Liam Bishop says:

    Tomato, a classic 🙂

  86. Hassni says:

    French onion soup.

  87. aaron broad says:

    My favourite is Tomato boring but still

  88. Paula Barker says:


  89. KATHY D says:

    Pea and Ham – love it

  90. Kevin Honey says:

    Spiced Lentil soup

  91. stephanie LLewellyn says:

    stilton and broccoli

  92. Michelle Banks says:

    chicken noodle x

  93. Caz Blackburn says:

    Minestrone xx

  94. Andrea Williams says:

    A simple chicken and vegetable broth

  95. laura stewart says:

    homemade veg soup with a warm roll

  96. ELAINE DALE says:

    home-made veg & lentil

  97. Sarah Spencer says:

    Lentil & Ham

  98. Joanne Beale says:

    Leek and Potato fresh veg from the garden

  99. Mushroom soup

  100. Carolynn Woodland says:

    A nice thick homemade vegetable soup

  101. Cream of Tomato

  102. Tracey Parker says:

    Carrot and parsnips

  103. nicola clarkson says:

    butternut squash and red pepper

  104. carrot and corriander

  105. lynn heath says:

    my favourite soup is spicy tomato with red lentils!

  106. esther james says:

    I love cream of chicken soup

  107. John Jones says:


  108. Susan B says:

    Courgette and humous is my absolute favourite.

  109. Andrew says:

    Will be trying the Butternut and sweet potato recipe.

  110. Tina M Holmes says:

    i love carro and chilli

  111. Michelle Smith says:

    Butternut Squash

  112. Lara Latchem says:

    curried sweet potato and butternut x

  113. Karen Laing says:

    Lentil soup,not watery and it has to be liquidised,with lots of bread for dipping.The sad truth is, I CAN’T MAKE IT,It looks good,it smells good but if it has any taste it’s so weak youwould think it has no taste.I’ve followed recipes,I’ve weighed the veg,I’ve use ham shanks,I’ve used stock cubes to no avail.My husband says it’s magic soup,I make any flavour disappear ! x

    • Ha ha, you’ve made me laugh! I have a couple of flavoursome lentil soup recipes; I should share them at some point. x

  114. judy kennedy says:

    tomato out of a tin, there I said it

  115. Chicken, especially a thai style chicken soup

  116. watercress soup ismy favourite

  117. Hassina Begum says:

    Minestrone soup

  118. alyson davies says:

    French onion is fab, so tasty

  119. Lois Eaton says:

    I love butternut squash with red lentils

  120. leanne weir says:

    leek and potato

  121. vegetable soup

  122. kayleigh Bates says:

    Tomato x

  123. BECCA STAPLES says:

    A good old tomato soup x

  124. Kay Broomfield says:

    Roasted butternut squash soup

  125. Karen Barrett says:

    Pea and Ham

  126. chicken noodle

  127. Stephanie Whitehouse says:

    Tomato, basil and red lentil

  128. Angela Kelly says:

    I love Oxtail soup

  129. Sarah Lee says:

    Carrot and corriander

  130. Louise Asekokhai says:

    Leek and potato

  131. Fennel and potato

  132. Michelle Ferguson says:

    Tomato and chill

  133. Monica Gilbert says:

    I like broccoli Stilton soup. New England clam chowder is also rather nice.

  134. DAWN TOTTON says:

    Red pepper and tomato.

  135. Sarah Heath says:

    Pea and Ham

  136. says:


  137. i love tomato soup

  138. jemmer sams says:

    homegrown tomato soup

  139. Laura Baker says:

    Leek and potato

  140. Sarah Archibald says:

    I love butternut squash and chilli soup with some dried chilli flakes and natural yoghurt swirled on top. Gorgeous! Best soup I’ve ever made.

  141. Tracy B says:

    spicy sweet potato

  142. Ella Dawn says:

    Leek and potato with a pinch of salt and pepper

  143. pamela gossage says:

    carrot and corriander

  144. kylie goldsmith says:

    butternut squash 🙂

  145. Asparagus 🙂

  146. chicken and sweetcorn.

  147. Kirsten Barthy says:

    Butternut Squash

  148. Carolyn Garaway says:

    Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper soup

  149. Denise Walker says:

    i love french onion and also leek and potato

  150. Bryony Brooke says:

    Thai red pumpkin 😀

  151. Rachel Craig says:

    Chicken and Rice.

  152. Julie Ward says:

    Cream of tomato

  153. Ann Williams says:

    My favourite home made soup is chicken and vegetable

  154. Allan Fullarton says:

    Chicken Soup

  155. jamie banks says:

    spicy tomato

  156. Minnie15 says:

    Cream of Mushroom 🙂 x

  157. Emma Nixon says:

    Vegetable soup.

  158. katherine b says:

    I love carrot and lentils soup x

  159. Allan Wilson says:

    My favourite soup is the Fridge leftovers soup = always a mystery but always tasty

  160. French onion soup

  161. Francesca Tuck says:

    Watercress soup

  162. Leek and potato

  163. Tean Porteus says:

    French Onion soup

  164. emilyfowlerwrites says:

    French onion

  165. hannahlig says:

    I love spicy butternut squash

  166. Michelle Wild says:


  167. Laura Wyles says:

    Chicken soup

  168. Joanne Jarvis says:

    Tomato x

  169. Anthea Holloway says:

    Home-made butternut squash soup

  170. Emma Price says:

    Chicken and mushroom

  171. Vera Bahounkova says:

    Chicken soup

  172. joanne dewberry says:

    Carrot and Coriander

  173. Elizabeth Smith says:

    French onion, which narrowly beats cauliflower cheese soup

  174. David Powell says:

    Roast Leek and Yellow Pepper

  175. Spring vegetable

  176. Difficult one, I love most soups but probably my faves are broccoli and stilton and butternut squash with honey and sage.

  177. denise s says:

    carrot and coriander soup

  178. Christina Palmer says:

    Stilton and brocoli

  179. I love lentil soup

  180. Nancy Bradford says:

    Cream of broccoli soup.

  181. Broccoli & Stilton

  182. Kerry Locke says:

    curried chick pea and spinach

  183. Kelly Hooper says:


  184. Patricia Avery says:

    Vegetable soup, no particular recipe . I just use whatever is available from our garden (or freezer if no fresh ones are available) Served with homemade granary bread its one of my favourite meals 🙂

  185. Jayne K says:

    Pea and ham

  186. Tomato and basil.

  187. joanna sawka says:

    chicken soup

  188. Keith Hunt says:

    Some Very Thick Beef Soup

  189. Vegetable

  190. Wendy Guy says:

    Tomato soup is my favourite.

  191. Claire Davies says:

    Potato and Leek Soup 🙂

  192. Leek and potato

  193. Kayleigh says:

    Leek and Potato

  194. fuzzy soup – this is a family name for a veggie soup made from all the bits and pieces that need using up in the fridge – blitzed down in the blender it becomes “fuzzy”

  195. Emily Jayne Phipps says:

    I’ve always loved carrot and coriander – however recently had a beautiful pumpkin, sweet potato and chili soup which was the best soup ever!

  196. broccoli and stilton

  197. Iris W says:

    roast tomato and peper

  198. Melissa Manning says:

    Can’t beat chicken noodle, mmm!

  199. Andrea A says:

    Leek and potato

  200. elaine stokes says:

    i love leek and potato

  201. Kelly Ellen Hirst says:

    I love Pea and Ham soup

  202. Tomato Soup

  203. Michelle Speight says:

    Tomato when I’m I’ll or homemade mushroom soup

  204. emma kinsey says:


  205. Melissa Lee says:

    Leek and potato

  206. zoe somerfield says:


  207. Chicken lentil soup

  208. chirag p says:


  209. Leek and potato

  210. Deborah Hambleton says:


  211. Pauline Wilson says:

    Lentil and bacon is my favourite soup

  212. Andrew Seaman says:

    Chicken Soup

  213. Leek and Potato <3 Starving now!

  214. sue lempkowski says:

    leek and potato

  215. Rhian Cox says:

    My favourite soup is Carrot and Coriander

  216. Karen R says:

    I love chicken soup 🙂

  217. Tomato and lentil

  218. kim styles says:

    Smoked hock and lentil soup -a big bowl of smoked hock meat cooked on the bone with split green and red lentils, pearl barley, potatoes onions and carrots -my speciality from an old family recipe

  219. Chicken soup

  220. Barbara Handley says:

    Vegetable soup made with fresh local ingredients.

  221. Lyndsey Beckford says:

    Potato & leek

  222. Chris Fletcher says:

    Pear and parsnip is my current favourite

  223. Monika S says:

    tomato soup with rice

  224. Leanne Bell says:

    Homemade carrot and corriander.

  225. Samantha Atherton says:

    I’ve been loving bacon & lentil lately

  226. Tomato and red pepper

  227. Natalie Crossan says:

    Tomato soup 🙂

  228. emmaellams says:

    Leek and potato for winter, red pepper and chicken for summer 🙂

  229. My fave soup is potato and leek 🙂

  230. Justine says:

    My favourite soup i am making at the moment is Parsnip, Apple and clove

  231. Jessica Newman says:

    chicken and vegetable

  232. Laura Vitty says:

    Pea and ham 🙂

  233. Pea and Ham!!

  234. Katie Hodges says:


  235. Rebecca Nisbet says:

    my fave is butternut squash.

  236. Claire Ward says:


  237. Alisa Moore says:

    Pea & ham

  238. Trevor Linvell says:

    Brandied mushroom soup

  239. My favourite soup is a thick and creamy mushroom

  240. Tamsin Dean says:

    chicken and mushroom yummy

  241. jaime says:

    I so enjoy your site and your recipes. Would you please consider adding a print option so we can enjoy your recipes a little more easily. Thank you.

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