Elaine’s Recipe of the Month: Spicy Tomato & Butternut Squash Soup


Low Fat Soup Recipe from Elaine McGowan Weight Loss SpecialistThis soup is a perfect transition through the gamut of flavours as we move into autumn. By roasting the squash you will fill your home with a wonderful aroma. Winter squash, like other colourful veggies, are rich in carotenes. Carotenes are the compounds that give winter squashes like butternut and pumpkin and carrots their yellow, orange or red colours. They are powerful plant components that have demonstrated a potential benefit in cancer prevention and in reducing the development of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 6 large tomatoes
  • 2 red onions
  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1 medium red pepper, deseeded
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded


1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees, gas mark 5.

2. Cut tomatoes, squash, onion, pepper, celery and carrot into chunks and finely dice the garlic and chilli.

3. Place all the vegetables into a large roasting tin.

4. Season generously with salt, pepper and toss together.

5. Place in oven for 45 minutes turning evenly every 15 minutes.

6. Place vegetables in food processor with 500ml of boiling water and blitz until smooth.

7. Pour through a sieve into a large deep saucepan, pressing down with a ladle to squash the vegetable puree through the mesh.

8. Add another 500ml of boiling water to the smooth soup. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

9. Season to taste.

Low FODMAP diet tip: Make this a low FODMAP recipe by omitting the garlic and onion.

To make an appointment to discuss your weight loss needs and concerns, please contact your nearest Elaine McGowan Dietetic Clinic.

Categories : Recipes, Soups

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About Elaine

Elaine graduated from Trinity College with a B.Sc., (Hons) in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. She gained wide experience working as clinical nutritionist in several hospitals prior to establishing her first private dietetic clinic in 1992.

Private Practice Experience
Elaine has gained vast experience specialising in providing private individual dietetic consultations for her clients in her clinics for the past 17 years. In recent years, her main areas of interest are weight management, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and nutrition and gastro-enterology.

Elaine is an active member of the INDI and was chairperson of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic weight management interest group from 2005 to 2007.

Dietetic and Nutrition Consultancy
Elaine has provided dietetic consultancy to a wide range of industries including private hospitals, hotels and catering companies. She has designed, piloted, implemented and coordinated workplace wellbeing programmes for several prominent companies and large international corporations.