One of the joys of the winter season is snuggling up with a hot bowl of soup. Butternut soup is one such soup that’s easy to make and can be adapted to suit different tastes.


With the addition of some budget-friendly ingredients such as chickpeas and some chilli flakes, you can transform this classic into a repeat winner. Try this recipe that brings the perfect amount of heat and bite. Get the ingredients you need using your RCS Store Card with up to 55 days interest-free and access to cash when you need it.




800g butternut, peeled and cubed

2 tbsp olive oil

2 cloves garlic

4 carrots, peeled and chopped

3 stems celery, chopped

1 red onion, chopped

1 tin chickpeas

2 cups vegetable stock

1 tsp chilli flakes

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 tsp olive oil

Pumpkin seeds, to garnish



In a big pot, heat the teaspoon of olive oil and fry the onions, celery, and carrots until they are golden brown. Add the chilli flakes and garlic and fry the mixture for another minute. Add the cubed butternut, chickpeas – leaving some to the side to garnish – and vegetable stock to the pot and bring it to the boil. Cook the soup on a low heat for 30 minutes or until the butternut is soft. Once it is cooked and soft, pour the soup into a blender and blend until it is smooth. Serve topped with chickpeas and pumpkin seeds and with fresh bread.


Makes enough for 4 people.



With a little imagination, the options are endless when it comes to adding more spunk to this tried and trusted butternut soup. If you’re in need of a few ingredients to do so, pop on over to your nearest Checkers, Pick n Pay or Shoprite store to buy what you need. Use your RCS Store Card and enjoy affordable monthly instalments, with flexible payment options and up to 55 days interest-free. Don’t have an RCS Store Card? Apply for one today.