Butternut Squash and Leek Soup

Before we get onto the soup may I ask you, my beloved readers, whether your blog has also become akin to a full time job? I seem to find myself spending hours making sure every post is as good as it can be, commenting on other blogs, replying to comments on my blog – it really can take it out of you. Having said that, I’m still very much enjoying my blogging experience and shan’t be going anywhere for what I hope is a considerable period of time. However, I may no longer have the time to reply to every single comment simply because I’m now getting so many of the damn things I can’t keep up. Actually, I say “the damn things” but actually I love each and every one as it means you’ve actually taken an interest.

Right, now the vomit has been done away with one should probably move on to the recipe at hand. Autumn really is the season of soups – they are so warming and comforting, and utterly delicious when executed perfectly – ideal for this supposedly chilly time of year. As such, a higher than average number of soup recipes shall be finding their way onto FrugalFeeding in the coming months. This is already my second, and a third shall be stumbling upon my palette in the next few hours.

To be honest, this is an incredibly simple soup recipe which came out of what I could find around the house. I had half a butternut squash remaining from my Autumnal Indian Soup and there were also a couple of half dead leeks lingering in my fridge following our last trip to the supermarket. The chives were the only serviceable herbs left in our half-barrel and I think they worked particularly well. Please enjoy this soup that’s ideal for this uncertain and turbulent time of the year – feel comforted wordpress!

Butternut Squash and Leek Soup

Serves 5-6


• 250g butternut squash, cut into sizeable chunks

• 2 large leeks, washed and roughly chopped

• A large knob of butter

• A good slug of olive oil

• A pint of vegetable bouillon

• Seasoning

• A handful of fresh chives, finely chopped


1. In a large, preferably cast iron, pot fry off the leeks and squash in butter and oil until they have softened. Add the vegetable bouillon and seasoning, simmer until the squash is tender.

2. Blend the chunky broth in a food processor – one may need to do this in batches. Once it has all been blended return to the heat and add the chives. Serve with bread, creme fraiche and perhaps a chunk of cheese.

Cost: The entire soup cost me around £1.20 to make which is absolutely incredible. It means that each portion of soup, not including any bread or cheese, costs around 20p. Two portions of a soup of this quality in a supermarket would cost around £2 – what a mark-up!


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101 comments on “Butternut Squash and Leek Soup

  1. Megan
    October 3, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Yep, totally like a full time job. I’ve had to cut back my posts to 3-4/week because it’s just too much for me to do. But, we do it because we love it – right? 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      October 3, 2011 at 10:50 pm

      Oh yes, for sure. I still try to do it as much as possible – just at irregular times.

  2. Laura Parisi
    October 3, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Looks delish! Yes – blogging is very time-consuming, hence why I only seem to update mine once every 6 months! =)

  3. Prerna
    October 3, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    The soup looks delicious! Will try it out for sure though will wait for the weather to cool down bit 🙂 By the way try roasted squash soup sometime, has a nice warm flavour.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 3, 2011 at 11:35 pm

      I shall – I keep meaning to. I hope you enjoy this one.

  4. Wine And Food Musings
    October 3, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    I totally agree on the blog thing but I love to write so it’s a passion. I also take advantage of the scheduling feature so it allows me to cook up a bunch of things and then schedule it all to run on specific days. 🙂

    BTW, I love your blog and I will sure be trying this soup. It looks great and would be great with some crusty bread with goat cheese. Yum!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 3, 2011 at 11:36 pm

      Yeh, that’s a really good idea – but I have an itchy finger and can’t wait to post it :P. I’m glad you like my blog – let me know if you liked it.

  5. daisy
    October 3, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Please don’t stop blogging. I look forward to seeing your creations – they’re always beautifully posted.

  6. Tori
    October 4, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Thanks for your kind words! I love your blog and I’m rummaging through it at the moment. Your pictures are gorgeous- what do you use for lighting?

    All the best,

    • frugalfeeding
      October 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks! I’m really glad you liked it. I’m rather old fashioned and like using the sun for lighting 😀

  7. ceciliag
    October 4, 2011 at 12:07 am

    you don’t need to respond to this, but vomit and soup is an hilarious juxtaposition.. you will be fine.. relax.. any pressure we feel is from ourselves!.. bloggin is for fun you know! c

    • Wine And Food Musings
      October 4, 2011 at 3:08 am

      I was going to say the exact same thing. It gave me a giggle.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 4, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      I had already considered that and it’s the reason why I left it! But, Cecilia, are you saying my soup looks like vomit? 😀

  8. Smedette
    October 4, 2011 at 12:59 am

    I love soup season and this looks delicious. Leeks are one of my all-time favorite things to cook and devour.

    I think this will make an appearance at my Thanksgiving table.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 4, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      I adore leeks, but have only been eating them a relatively short time! I didn’t know what I was missing.

  9. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    October 4, 2011 at 1:45 am

    My wife helps so much with the planning and other things, so it’s really fun to me. I love to cook. Ceclia just made me laugh. I looked up and saw her comment. Anyway, the soup looks awesome!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      My girlfriend used to until we moved apart :(. Thanks!

  10. Alyson
    October 4, 2011 at 4:09 am

    Having a full time job really gets in the way of blogging. I haven’t had enough time to do it as much as I would like these days.

    I’m looking forward to soup season. Looks good!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      It does, but I’m trying really hard to keep it ticking over and do at least a little each day.

  11. Joanne
    October 4, 2011 at 4:40 am

    Yes I know what you mean! It is SO time consuming…between putting up your own stuff and commenting elsewhere, it really is so much. I love it though!

  12. glutenfreezen
    October 4, 2011 at 4:51 am

    Beautiful and looks delicious! Wanted to also let you know,I made a version of your lemon tart (gluten free and dairy free), turned out absolutely amazingly delicious. I gave you a couple mentions in my blog. Congratulations on getting so many comments that you don’t have time to reply, that’s a blessing! 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      October 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks so much! It is a blessing, but I do like to reply to them all – I’ll still try. That lemon tart was extremely yum, I can’t wait for my key lime pie now.

  13. Just A Smidgen
    October 4, 2011 at 5:18 am

    Hey, aren’t we are own bosses here:) So blog or don’t blog as you wish… well, better still… blog because we love seeing your recipes!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 4, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      OH yes, we are… but I also like to rest 😛

  14. cookinginsens
    October 4, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Wonderful soup! Great photos! Where did you get that pot? (don’t worry about answering this. Just allude to it in your next post) I love it!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 4, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      I shall reply both here and there, Sens. My dad picked up a set of Chasseur cast iron pots in an antiques shop for £50 – they would have cost £350-400 brand new. I love them so much.

  15. thecompletecookbook
    October 4, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Yip, full time job it is! I am like a dog at a bone though so have to stay consistent and to help me along the way, I now only post on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, freeing me up a little to keep up to date with all the blogs I read and comment on.
    Great recipe!
    Have a happy day.
    🙂 Mandy

    • frugalfeeding
      October 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      I just blog as frequently as is possible. I’m a bit of a stats whore too, so I don’t like to lose readers. 😛

  16. gardenfreshtomatoes
    October 4, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I think blogging passed into the relm of ‘full-time job’ when I started writing posts in my head while I was out walking/gardening/driving, etc…Wouldn’t give it up for anything! And, you ‘meet’ such interesting people!

    Fab-looking recipe, will give it a go!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      Oh I’ve started doing that. I occasionally write them out in my cook book before I type them out too. I’d never give it up i don’t think. Please do try it, it’s so yum.

  17. thelittleloaf
    October 4, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Blogging should always be a pleasure, not a chore! Sometimes it does seem to eat up a big part of my life – it’s not just the writing itself but the cooking and the photos, but then if you love doing something, it’s usually worth the effort 🙂 Another great post – perfect for these dark autumnal evenings…

    • frugalfeeding
      October 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      Oh it is a pleasure, don’t get me wrong! I love the photo taking and the cooking part especially… and I’d do the cooking part anyway! 😀

  18. The Barefoot Indian
    October 4, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Blogging can be time consuming, but it’s so much fun!

    I will have to try this soup, it looks amazing! Love butternut squash!

  19. Jen Roque
    October 4, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    So wonderful for a cool fall evening! Looks delicious.

  20. promenadeplantings
    October 4, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    great post! And yes, blogging is getting in the way of everything, or is that meant to be the other way round. keep up the great “work” 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      October 4, 2011 at 4:37 pm

      Definitely the other way around. I shall try.

  21. Janis
    October 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Aww, you beat me to it! I actually have this for my October line-up. hahaha…Aren’t you excited it’s October? All the warm, earthy flavors emerge and all the harvest and food never fail to hit home!

    I’m sure this is quite a treat. I hope you and your loved ones enjoyed it as much as I did just looking at the picture. yummm!!!!!!!!!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 4, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      Haha! Good choice. I’m very excited it’s October… my better than summer. It was really very nice!

  22. inpursuitofrealfood
    October 4, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Yes, it’s almost like a full time job, I’m beginning to get concerned 🙂 great post!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 4, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      Don’t be concerned :p I’m sure there’s no need 😀

  23. Zoe @ Pantry and Fridge
    October 4, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I love soups – I need to try this. I’m hooked on butternut right now!

  24. ambrosiana
    October 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Sound heavenly!!! I love the addition of fresh chives…and I am in love with your red pot!

  25. notesfromrumbleycottage
    October 4, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I have been wanting to try a butternut squash soup recipe. This looks easy for me to complete and I hope that it is kid-friendly.

  26. weweremeanttosparkle
    October 4, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Ah you post so many great soup and stew recipes; I want to try them all!

  27. Jereme's Kitchen
    October 4, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    blogging can be like a full time job, but it’s a nice escape from everything. now that fall and the holidays are coming up, i feel that i won’t have as much time to put towards my blog. maybe i need to schedule in some time!

    luv the soup by the way

    • frugalfeeding
      October 4, 2011 at 10:38 pm

      It really is! I know, things may get a bit much, but we’ll get through it! I love it too 😀

  28. The Vegan Kat
    October 5, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Yes, my blog does take up a decent amount of time too. It’s nice to have a food blog though, because we have to eat anyway, so why not document it? 🙂 I do find myself on the weekends thinking, okay I have to plan some good meals so I have a decent blog post! I’m pretty new to it, and it takes time, but I’m enjoying it too.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 5, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      Exactly! I don’t plan as much as I used to – it’s not as important because I’m temporarily at home and I don’t have the worry of actually having to buy the food.

  29. Flip's Foodie Files
    October 5, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Fantastic soup!!!!! YUMMMMM

  30. Susan
    October 5, 2011 at 3:20 am

    I obsess over all my posts which is why I don’t do it nearly enough. Your soup is gorgeous! Perfect for fall.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 5, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      I can’t help but obsess as it;s a little bit of me 😛

  31. Cultural Life
    October 5, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Wow, yummy recipe. I have a butternut squash sitting in the food cupboard so I think I’ll make this recipe. It looks perfect for a chilly fall day.

  32. Meg (A Dash of Meg)
    October 5, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    what an amazing recipe! BOOKMARKED! FAVOURITED! I am testing this one out girl 🙂 Thanks for sharing <3

    • frugalfeeding
      October 5, 2011 at 2:45 pm

      Brilliant! However, I am, perhaps unfortunately, of the male variety. 😀

  33. Bam's Kitchen
    October 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Keep on Blogging- your readers love it!

  34. Flip's Foodie Files
    October 5, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I completely understand, I spend so much time on mine posts, but I always feel so happy to share my ideas. I really enjoy reading your recipes, please keep it up. It’s totally worth the work, and don’t stress yourself out, just skip a day or two and you’ll feel more relaxed.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm

      I’m not really stressed, but I want to dedicate more time to blogging if I can. I’m really glad you enjoy my blog.

  35. katiebarlow
    October 6, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    YUM! Love butternut squash and leek soup. So excited for the cooler weather so I can start eating soup again!!

  36. hsw
    October 6, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Beautiful soup, I like the idea of the squash with the leeks versus the usual potato. No need to reply, just wanted to check out the soups you’d mentioned. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      October 6, 2011 at 10:43 pm

      I didn’t say I wasn’t going to reply, just maybe not to every single one. Yours is worth replying to 😀 It really is a yummy soup.

  37. Emma Eats
    October 7, 2011 at 2:20 am

    So pleased that autumn is here and it’s finally time for butternut squash soup again. Interestingly enough, I happened to have some leeks that also need using up. I think I know what I’ll be making soon!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 10, 2011 at 10:30 am

      Me too! Please let me know how it goes 🙂

  38. Dana Gramprie
    October 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    “A large knob of butter, a good slug of olive oil” I love your raucous language, it makes soup making sound so much more fun than “one tablespoon of butter, one tablespoon of olive oil”. Lively! And it looks so delicious. I will just veganize it with earth balance instead of dairy butter.
    Thanks for the fun!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 10, 2011 at 10:33 am

      Haha! I don’t think it’s been called raucous before! It is definitely more interesting. Hope you enjoy.

  39. mzakrzew
    October 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I am going to make this, even if my boyfriend hates squash…and he is going to like it. lol.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 10, 2011 at 10:40 am

      Well, he doesn’t seem to have any choice in the matter 😛

  40. EveryBookandCranny
    October 7, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    I love butternut squash and your recipe sounds sublime! So perfect for autumn.

    And yes, blogging takes me forever too. I moaned about that in one of my own posts not too long ago. I mostly blog about books so there’s that additional factor of reading a novel that inflates the time commitment. But the reading is something I’d do anyway even if I didn’t have the blog.

    I appreciate your comment on my blog as it led me to yours. Well done.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 10, 2011 at 10:43 am

      Thanks, Nicki! I’m going to explore your blog some more, see if you’ve read any of my favourites.

  41. Nicole
    October 8, 2011 at 1:58 am

    This soup looks so delicious! I love anything with leeks and butternut squash.

  42. Murphy's Test Kitchen
    October 14, 2011 at 2:51 am

    How interesting to use butternut squash! I recently made a potato leek soup. I’ll definitely have to try this version. Thanks!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm

      I think it’s a really tasty variation. I did a leek and potato soup a while back too.

  43. Meredith
    October 17, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I always appreciate your comments on my blog. I cant wait to make some of these yummy soups you have posted– in Texas we are a little behind Wales in the cold weather, but we will get there!

  44. tossingtheswissaround
    October 19, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Yes, it takes forEVER to come up w/the dish, take the perfect pics, make sure it is good enough to even post. Then write about it, edit, etc. Once you’re done, it feels like you’ve given birth. Well, sort of. This is why I don’t post every day. Great blog, keep it up! 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      October 23, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      It does indeed :D, but I love it. I have to say it doesn’t feel like I’ve given birth, I hope I never feel like that… it would be odd to say the least. I try to post every day I’m free.

  45. Beth
    October 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    This looks positively delicious!!

  46. cfutterbuy
    October 26, 2011 at 5:58 am

    yummy, will definately try this one out!

  47. countrywaybites
    December 19, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    this looks so delicious! your photography is great; you make the colors look so stark and vibrant. what’s your secret camera weapon?

    • frugalfeeding
      January 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      Thanks, I just use a £100 point and shoot. Nothing special. I tweak the photos a little bit using google picassa to give them a little more warmth and contrast.

  48. thegozes
    January 16, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Butternut Squash and Leeks…my two favorite veggies. This is going on the menu next week!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 21, 2012 at 10:27 am

      Mine too! I hope you enjoy it.

      • thegozes
        February 17, 2012 at 5:19 pm

        Oh.My.Head. This was so good! Thanks for sharing!

        • frugalfeeding
          February 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm

          I’m glad you liked… what’s wrong with your head? 😀

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