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Cream of Butternut Soup

Ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and a little sherry do an incredible job of seasoning this slightly sweet soup. "After I lightened up a recipe from a friend in South Africa," explains Lafayette, Colorado's Shelly Snyder, "it quickly became a family favorite."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 butternut squash (2-1/2 pounds), peeled and cubed
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups 1% milk
  • 2 tablespoons sherry or additional reduced-sodium chicken broth


  • In a large saucepan coated with cooking spray, cook onion and celery in butter until tender. Stir in the broth, sugar, bay leaf, salt, ginger, turmeric and cinnamon. Add the squash and potatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • Remove from the heat; cool slightly. Discard bay leaf. In a blender, puree vegetable mixture in batches. Return to the pan. Stir in milk and sherry; heat through (do not boil).
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 159 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 487mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 6g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • homemadewithlove
    Jan 19, 2017

    Amazing!! Tumeric is definitely needed, maybe a dash more. I sprinkled pepper in to and topped with croutons. Served with steak hoagies.

  • Dipu
    Dec 23, 2011

    I'm planing to try this recipes on Sunday dinner buffet.

  • maltese210
    Nov 27, 2011

    We made this for Thanksgiving and it was amazing!!! The turmeric definitely gave it an extra zing, and we topped it with sour cream and chopped peanuts. Next time, we're thinking of trying it with roasted butternut squash... any thoughts?

  • ashleysara23
    Oct 27, 2011

    This recipe was OK, but I don't think the flavor of butternut squash is for me.

  • rmbarr059
    Sep 18, 2011

    I didn't have any ground tumeric, so I left it out. I felt like the soup was missing something (probably the tumeric!) so I added a seasoning mixture of salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I think next time I make it I will be sure to have tumeric and I may add some garlic as well. But overall, I liked it.

  • jllove
    Mar 10, 2010

    I really enjoyed this soup. My husband didn't like this soup but he is not a fan of squash. This is a great healthy soup when watching your calories!

  • texasfun
    Oct 30, 2009

    Lot of work for a soup. The taste was harsh, and not enjoyable at all.

  • newgardenersc
    Oct 29, 2008

    Warm & creamy. This is the perfect comfort food. My kids went crazy for it.I followed the directions exactly and it turned out great.