Simple roasted butternut squash soup with lentils

For what feels like forever I’ve been undergoing orthodontic treatment to realign my dodgy jaw joints, expand my dental arches, and generally make my jaws/teeth/mouth better. Until now, I’ve had removable appliances (braces, in common parlance) which I could pop in and out and were a pest but nothing too terrible. They certainly didn’t interfere with eating.

BUT, this week, I got FIXED BRACES. 🙁

I spent two hours having bits of plastic and metal glued onto my teeth, and now I can’t bite or chew ANYTHING. I am surviving on yogurt, mashed banana, smoothies (“fruit soup” according to Kipper) and soup. Lots and lots of soup.

In a way, it’s nice, because I do like soup and I don’t often make it because DH is not such a fan. But when it’s the only thing you can manage to eat, it does get a bit, well, bothersome. It’s not even like I can dunk crusty bread in it. Well, I could, but I wouldn’t be able to chew it afterwards. Gah. Maybe I could just suck the soup out of it, like some wizened old crone. Harrumph.

But, every cloud has a silver lining, and this roasted squash and lentil soup is one of the most delicious soups I’ve made for ages, and I probably wouldn’t have ever concocted it without the motivation of my achy teeth and inability to chew. It is lovely and smooth and slips down a treat. No mastication required. All you have to do is swallow 🙂

I’d say this made four generous servings, but it’s sort of hard to gauge because I’m eating a ton of soup right now (not just squash & lentil soup – all flavours!). It’s entirely possible that if you’re just dishing up regular starter-sized portions, it will go further.

Creamy, sweet, earthy & mildly spiced, this smooth & filling squash & lentil soup is a delicious starter or even a meal in itself, served with crusty bread.

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Roasted butternut squash and red lentil soup

A lightly spiced, deliciously hearty soup, perfect for the colder months.

Course Soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 247 kcal
Author Helen


  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4-6 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4-5 tbsp olive oil
  • 100 g red lentils (1/2 cup)
  • 500 ml vegetable stock (2 1/4 cups)
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F).

  2. Peel the squash and remove the seeds. Cut the flesh into 2-3cm chunks and place in a large roasting tin.
  3. Peel the onion & cut into wedges. Peel the garlic cloves and cut each one in half. Add the onions, garlic, cumin and olive oil to the tin with the squash. Pour over the olive oil and mix well to coat.
  4. Roast in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes until soft and starting to brown at the edges.
  5. Meanwhile, rinse the lentils and place in a large saucepan with the stock. Bring to the boil and simmer, covered for around 20 minutes until soft.
  6. Remove the vegetables from the oven, and tip everything from the roasting tin into the pan with the lentils. Add 250ml (a generous cup) boiling water and whizz using a stick blender until smooth.

  7. Adjust the seasoning to taste, and serve.

Recipe Notes

Per serving: calories 247; fat 16g; protein 7g; carbs 21g

roasted butternut squash and red lentil soup


I’m entering this squash & lentil soup into No Croutons Required, a vegetarian soup & salad challenge hosted by Jacqueline at Tinned Tomatoes and Lisa at Lisa’s Kitchen







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  5. I love butternut squash and red lentil soup. I add cumin to mine too! Thanks for submitting it to No Croutons Required festive round. The roundup is now live

  6. The braces will get better, it just takes sometime to get fully used to them. Until then more of this lovely silky smooth soup.

  7. Clouds and silver linings – fab soup especially with the cumin seeds in it. Hope you can start chewing soon.

  8. Oh poor you, I can’t imagine how frustrating that must be. How long will you have to keep the braces in? The soup sounds great, I love both lentils and butternut squash so can imagine they would be great together.

    • Thanks Janice. The braces are in for another 6-12 months – I’m really hoping it’s closer to 6!! Still, it gives me a good excuse to make lots of yummy soups. Also ice-cream. So it’s not all bad 🙂

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