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:

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

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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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– The prize will be supplied directly by The New Covent Garden Soup Company.
– The giveaway is open to UK residents over 18.
– I was sent the Souper Boosters and vegetable box for the purpose of this review. No payment was received. All opinions and photographs are my own.

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Comments

  1. Tomato and red pepper

  2. Natalie Crossan says:

    Tomato soup 🙂

  3. emmaellams says:

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

  4. My fave soup is potato and leek 🙂

  5. Justine says:

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

  6. Jessica Newman says:

    chicken and vegetable

  7. Laura Vitty says:

    Pea and ham 🙂

  8. Pea and Ham!!

  9. Katie Hodges says:

    Minestrone!

  10. Rebecca Nisbet says:

    my fave is butternut squash.

  11. Claire Ward says:

    Vegetable

  12. Alisa Moore says:

    Pea & ham

  13. Trevor Linvell says:

    Brandied mushroom soup

  14. My favourite soup is a thick and creamy mushroom

  15. Tamsin Dean says:

    chicken and mushroom yummy

  16. 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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