Brrr! Butternut Soup

It’s getting pretty cold in Nairobi and soup is one of those things to help keep the cold away. It’s funny that I hardly make soup despite the recipe being pretty simple. So the other day my friend Rachael chats me up on gtalk asking for a recipe for butternut squash and a few days later I decide to make some.


1 medium sized butternut squash peeled, seeded and cubed

3 medium sized carrots cubed

1 red apple peeled, cored and cubed

1 medium onion chopped

3 cloves garlic sliced

1 inch of ginger chopped

1 cup chicken stock

2 cups water

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Salt and Pepper to taste


As I have said making soup is pretty easy. In a saucepan heat the vegetable oil and fry the onions, garlic and ginger. Let them cook down for a few minutes.

Throw in the butternut, carrots and apples. Stir them and cover to cook for a few minutes. You may be wondering why I added in an apple but after reading various soup recipes with apples added in so I decided to try it out πŸ™‚


Add the liquid.

The chicken stock I used was from the water I had poached the chicken for theseΒ quesadillas and since it had seasoning I didn’t need to season my soup. Cover and let the soup simmer until the squash is tender. This will take about 30 minutes.


Once cooked pour the soup in a blender or food processor. Ensure to cover the blender since the soup is hot.


Pulse it until pureed. At this point check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.

Serve in a soup bowl, garnish with some fresh coriander. I didn’t have some so I sprinkled over some dried parsley.

Enjoy with some bread rolls and remember to keep warm.



According to hubby the soup was beyond awesome. I loved it, I’ll definitely make it again.



  1. Hmm..interesting twist with the apple, how did that taste? I have been doing soups since last week, they are truly the easiest thing to make…and hubby loves them! πŸ™‚ he hates cooked carrots but i did a carrot and ginger soup which he LOVED (more marks to me lol!) Best gadget to have when making soup is the hand-held blender, got one for my wedding which I had never used…now I keep it close!
    Haha ok I am done gushing πŸ™‚ happy cooking!

  2. Looks warm and filling.:-).ill try,let you know how it goes..still havent gotten round to starting that thing.:(..but your emailmwasnvery informative

    • he he Swabra, you are a funny one. Stop procrastinating just begin. Yeah try the soup. Imagine I’m yet to make the rice porridge, yikes!!! I guess I’m nervous, I’ll it over the weekend.

  3. Today I celebrate you girl. I bought some butternuts 3 weeks ago…after seeing your recipe. And never got guts to make the soup…which my hubby always overdoes in a hotel. So since this week we are both down with flu….leo nikajikaza with all my ugonjwas and made the soup…soooooooo awesome! I am sooo blessed by this recipe….it’s lifted his moods. Tuseme tu nimeongeza bonga points!The chicken stock…I used Knorr chicken stock…and it still rocked.

    Now I need the mushroom soup recipe…or vegetable soup…that nice thick one.

    Barikiwa sana.

    • Aww Paps, thank you for the blessings. I am very happy the soup was delightful plus you gain bonga points πŸ™‚
      Sasa kazi kwangu to work on the mushroom and vegetable soups.

  4. I tried this after several bogus attempts with butternut……Haaaa…I scored so many points on hubby front even the kids loved it. I didnt taste the apple though but the ginger gave it a nice twist….asante sana.

    • Hey Sophie? Great that even after the bogus attempts you still tried the recipe. For sure the apple taste is muted, it helps bring the overall butternut flavour. Glad it was a hit with your family. Nothing beats a bowl of heart warming soup.


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