Curry Butternut Squash Soup

    3 hours 30 min

    A superb recipe for a creamy and curry-spiced soup. Roasted butternut squash is blended with pears, spices and cream. The sweetness of the butternut squash and pears, are balanced out perfectly with the curry. Serve with crusty bread, if desired.

    2 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 1 (900g) butternut squash
    • 50g unsalted butter
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh root ginger
    • 1 tablespoon curry powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 litre low-salt chicken stock
    • 2 firm ripe Williams pears, peeled, cored and cut into 2.5cm dice
    • 125ml single cream

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr30min  ›  Extra time:1hr45min  ›  Ready in:3hr30min 

    1. Preheat an oven to 190 C / Gas 5. Line a rimmed baking tray with baking parchment.
    2. Cut squash in half lengthways; discard seeds and membrane. Place squash halves, cut sides down, on the prepared baking tray. Roast in preheated oven until very soft, about 45 minutes. Scoop the pulp from the peel and reserve.
    3. Melt butter in a large stock pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, garlic, ginger, curry powder and salt. Cook and stir until the onion is soft, about 10 minutes. Pour the chicken stock into the pot and bring to the boil. Stir in the pears and the reserved squash and simmer until the pears are very soft, about 30 minutes.
    4. Pour the soup into a liquidiser, filling the jug no more than halfway full. Hold down the lid of the liquidiser with a folded tea towel and carefully start the liquidiser. Puree in batches until smooth. Return the soup to the pot, stir in the cream and reheat.


    If Williams pears are not available, substitute in Conference pears.

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    Made this for 6 neighbours last night - all loved it - quite hot and spicy, the way we like our food. Added chopped sweet red pepper to serve.  -  28 Nov 2010


    A must do again. Delicious. The pears give a sweetness to the soup which breaks away from the bitter curry.  -  13 May 2018


    I love this recipe although I did use less curry powder. I didn't find the texture grainy as such but yes, the texture isn't completely smooth. However, I like the texture so am happy. Have made this many times and I love it! Real comfort food without the calories and fat.  -  14 Nov 2014