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Sweet Boiled Plantains and Butternut Squash Soup

November, 2015 (Last Updated: September, 2019)

Delicious sweet plantains in a warming butternut squash soup. Perfect for a comforting night in.

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Spicy Butternut Squash Soup with Plantains

Sweet Boiled Plantains and Butternut Squash Soup

I get so bored with soup sometimes. Yes, it’s warming and perfect when your boiler breaks down but it can be quite.. meh. Literally, the first five spoonfuls rock and then I start questioning if I’m going to bother finishing it. I have to always find different ways or things to eat soup with.. not to mention finding different soup recipes to actually eat. Well, here’s one of my ways.

If you don’t know by now (judging by this, this and this plantain post lol), I’m a plantain lover. Have been since I was a little child though, unfortunately, I don’t have the happiest tale to tell about one plantain incident. Long story short, I ended up puking all over the living room floor.

Sorry, to get so candid. Now I look back at it, it wasn’t the plantain’s fault. I think I was just really ill at the time. I can still remember my dad mopping me up and the look in his eyes like “What did the plantain ever do to you?” LOL

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup with Plantains

Delicious, spicy, sweet and creamy

Anyway, if you know about plantains then you know this Butternut Squash Soup recipe is awesome. If you don’t know about plantains then I urge you – no, I implore you – to head over to your nearest supermarket and purchase some yellow plantains.

The pairing of the plantains with the sweet squash and then the heat from a little cayenne pepper and cumin, brings this soup recipe back to life for me. So many squash soup recipes out there, I feel it is part of my obligation to find different ways you could eat it. Keep the kitchen creativity alive!

For this recipe, you’re going to need the  meatier part of your squash – you know, the half that doesn’t house the seeds. I put weight measurements in the recipe but you can use however much you feel you need. If you’re making this for more than 4 people, you might want to use the whole squash and up the amount of liquids you use. Again, it’s up to you whether you use more coconut milk or more stock. I personally prefer more stock than coconut milk or it tends to get a little too sweet and milky for my liking.

By the way, I use this Coconut Milkbecause as far as I know, it is the only milk offering in the UK with just coconut and water. No guar gum, lecithins or other unnecessary chemicals. Plus, it’s the cheapest I have found to buy in bulk. I totally recommend it.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Do you have any other ways you eat Butternut Squash Soup? Leave me a sweet reply in the comments!

Butternut Squash and Plantain Soup

Sweet Boiled Plantains and Butternut Squash Soup

5 from 1 vote
Spicy Butternut Squash Soup with Plantains
Sweet Boiled Plantains and Butternut Squash Soup
Prep Time
55 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins
Delicious and creamy Butternut Squash Soup with Sweet Boiled Plantains
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Paleo
Keyword: paleo
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 356 kcal
Author: WhittyPaleo
  • 2 lbs /875g Cooked Butternut Squash
  • 3-4 Yellow Plantains
  • 1/2 cup of Coconut Milk
  • 500 ml of Stock (Chicken or Vegetable)
  • 1 teaspoon of Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Black Pepper
  1. To cook squash: Preheat oven to 200C/400F. Cut off the top of squash, then cut horizontally just above the part that houses the seeds. Cut this meatier part in half and place skin side down on a baking tray. Brush with a little olive oil and cook for 50-55mins till soft or fork goes all the way through.
  2. Once squash is cooked and easy to handle, scoop out the flesh and transfer to a blender or food processor, add coconut milk and process till smooth.
  3. Place squash in a medium/large pot on medium- high heat. Add stock & seasonings and cook for 5 mins.
  4. Reduce heat to a simmer for 20-30 mins.
  5. While soup is simmering, remove the ends of your plantains and dice into sections with skin on. Place a pot of water on high heat and once boiling, add plantains. Cook for 15-20mins till skin is black and plantains are soft.
  6. Once plantains are done, you can either dice up the plantains further or serve them in the soup as is.
  7. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

If steaming plantains, remove the skin
I used only dried seasonings for convenience, feel free to use fresh ingredients where you please.

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  • Reply
    November, 2019 at 5:38 PM

    Making this a lot for the winter season it’s really warming

  • Reply
    Charlene @ That Girl Cooks Healthy
    November, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Whitney my darling your photography is awesome and that recipe sounds appetising. I was going to make Cuban black bean soup with some leftover veggie stock I made earlier BUT……I’m going to give your recipe a try, only with pumpkin as I don’t have any squash in the house.

    • Reply
      Whitney Williams
      November, 2015 at 10:54 PM

      Thank you Charla! I’m hoping it is well worth giving up the Cuban Soup for you! Pumpkin should definitely work just as well – I haven’t tried it but can’t imagine there’d be a difference in taste! Totally let me know what you think! 🙂

  • Reply
    November, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    This looks lush.

    Is there any particular reason you cook the squash in the oven? Also when do you remove the skin/do you remove the skin?

    Loving the blog!

    • Reply
      Whitney Williams
      November, 2015 at 10:43 PM

      Hi Siziwe! It tastes lush ha. I like roasting the squash because it caramelises which beautifully enhances the flavour. You remove the skins before you transfer to the blender – I’ve updated the method so it’s easier to understand. Thank you for reading 🙂

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