South African-Inspired Butternut Soup


Was looking for something warming for a dinner with my best friend and Gluwein and came across this recipe. Time did not permit that I cook so my fiance did it two days before, let it cook for a day or so on low, and wow, what a winner. Did not have the Gluwein though, but next time we will and I'm sure it will be the best. Great with olive bread toasted under the oven grill.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 2 large onions, finely chopped

  • 1 large jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

  • 1 clove elephant garlic, chopped

  • 2 cups chicken stock

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1 (3 1/2) pound butternut squash - peeled, seeded, and cut into 2-inch cubes

  • 1 cup water

  • 6 tablespoons cream, or to taste


  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onions, jalapeno, and elephant garlic and cook until onions are soft and transparent, about 5 minutes. Stir in chicken stock and lemon juice until well mixed. Add butternut squash and water; bring to a boil.

  2. Reduce heat and simmer until squash is tender and soup is thick, about 1 hour. Puree with an immersion blender until smooth.

  3. Ladle hot soup into bowls and swirl cream in the center of each bowl just before serving.

Cook's Note:

You can substitute 3 regular garlic cloves for the elephant garlic.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

213 Calories
8g Fat
37g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 213
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 262mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 61mg 305%
Calcium 153mg 12%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 1026mg 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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