Spicy Vegetarian Butternut Squash Soup with Crispy Croutons

Spicy Vegetarian Butternut Squash Soup with Crispy Croutons

Are you looking for a delicious and healthy meal that will satisfy your cravings for something spicy and savoury? Look no further than this spicy butternut squash vegetarian recipe with crispy croutons! Not only is it a tasty and satisfying meal, but it is also full of nutrients and low in calories.


  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed, drained (optional)
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced/chopped tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup bread cubes
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • A dash of cream to serve (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the butternut squash, olive oil, smoked paprika, cumin, chilli powder, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Spread the seasoned squash out evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, or until tender and lightly browned.
  4. While the squash is baking, heat the vegetable broth in a large pot over medium heat.
  5. Add the black beans, diced tomatoes, onion, and garlic to the pot with the broth. Stir well to combine and bring to a simmer.
  6. Reduce heat to low and let the soup simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  7. In a separate pan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  8. Add the bread cubes to the pan and toss to coat with the melted butter.
  9. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste.
  10. Cook the bread cubes in the pan for 5-10 minutes, or until they are crispy and golden brown.
  11. Serve the soup hot, topped with the crispy croutons.

Calorie Breakdown

This delicious and healthy spicy butternut squash vegetarian recipe with crispy croutons is low in calories and high in nutrients. Here is the calorie breakdown for one serving:

  • Butternut squash: 82 calories
  • Olive oil: 120 calories
  • Smoked paprika: 6 calories
  • Cumin: 8 calories
  • Chilli powder: 6 calories
  • Salt: 0 calories
  • Black pepper: 0 calories
  • Vegetable broth: 15 calories
  • Black beans: 114 calories
  • Diced tomatoes: 29 calories
  • Onion: 44 calories
  • Garlic: 4 calories
  • Bread cubes: 100 calories
  • Butter: 102 calories
  • Garlic powder: 5 calories

Total: 635 calories per serving

Recipe Pairing

This spicy butternut squash vegetarian recipe with crispy croutons pairs perfectly with a crisp and refreshing green salad. Try tossing together some mixed greens, sliced avocado, and cherry tomatoes with a simple vinaigrette dressing for a delicious and healthy side dish that will complement the flavours of the soup perfectly.

So why not give this delicious and healthy spicy butternut squash vegetarian recipe with crispy croutons a try today? It's sure to become a new favourite in your household!

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