How’s the weather where you are? Is it cooling down yet?
If so, I have just the thing. If not, let’s pretend it’s rainy and cold and you’re in desperate need of something soul-warming.
How does soup sound?
I’ve made a butternut squash soup before that was inspired by Tom Kha Gai. I’ve also made a Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Soup, which is on the spicier side.
But once fall hit, I couldn’t shake the idea of a curried butternut squash soup from my mind. It needed to happen.
History of Butternut Squash
Butternut squash has been around for over 5,000 years. Its exact origin is unknown, but it’s believed that the Incas grew it in central and south America during the 15th century (source).
It’s now used in many countries and cuisines throughout the world and for good reason! Not only is butternut squash versatile and delicious, but it’s rich in fiber, potassium, copper, manganese, vitamin A precursors, vitamins C, B2, B5, B6, B7, K, and more!
What is Curry Powder?
Curry powder is not a common ingredient used in traditional Indian cooking, but rather an invention of the British to evoke the flavors of Indian cuisine. The term “curry” in Indian cooking refers to a sauce or gravy served with vegetables or meat. (source)
This recipe comes together in just 30 minutes and requires simple ingredients! Isn’t that the best kind of recipe?
With fall in full swing now (at least in the Pacific Northwest), the butternut squash is abundant. I’ve started grabbing one or two every time I’m at the store. I’m becoming that lady.
But how can I resist? Butternut squash knows no bounds.
I’m smitten with this soup. It’s:
& Perfect for chilly weather
This soup is ideal for evenings when you want something simple and healthy. Make a batch ahead of time to have on hand for the coming week. It would also be great for entertaining and taking along to fall gatherings.
What to Serve with It?
Although it’s great on its own, I can’t help imagine how delicious this soup would be with a sandwich – especially my Chickpea Shawarma Sandwich and Chickpea Sunflower Sandwich! Serious yum.
Or for something lighter, try this 5-Minute Detox Salad or Simple Green Salad.
More Butternut Squash Recipes
- Butternut Squash Quinoa Chili
- Roasted Stuffed Butternut Squash
- Vegan Sweet Potato Butternut Squash Tortilla
- Butternut Squash Bowl with Jalapeño Queso
- Roasted Squash, Pecan, & Pomegranate Salad
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Also, let us know if you have any holiday recipe requests! Thanksgiving is right around the corner (eep!), and we’d love to know what you’re craving. Cheers, friends!
Curried Butternut Squash Soup
- 1 Tbsp coconut or avocado oil
- 2 medium shallots (thinly diced)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 cloves yield ~1 Tbsp or 6 g)
- 6 cups peeled & chopped butternut squash (1 small butternut squash yields ~6 cups)
- 1 pinch each sea salt + black pepper (plus more to taste)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp curry powder
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 14-ounce can light coconut milk
- 2 cups vegetable broth (DIY or store-bought)
- 1-3 Tbsp maple syrup (or sub coconut sugar)
- 1-2 tsp chili garlic paste (optional)
FOR SERVING optional
- Toasted pumpkin seeds
- Chili garlic paste
- Full-fat coconut milk
- Heat a large pot over medium heat.
- Once hot, add oil, shallots, and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add butternut squash and season with salt, pepper, curry powder, and ground cinnamon. Stir to coat. Then cover and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add coconut milk, vegetable broth, maple syrup or coconut sugar, and chili garlic paste (optional – for heat).
- Bring to a low boil over medium heat and then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes or until butternut squash is fork tender.
- Use an immersion blender, or transfer soup to a blender, and purée on high until creamy and smooth. If using a blender, return soup back to pot.
- Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more curry powder, salt, or sweetener as needed. Continue cooking for a few more minutes over medium heat.
- Serve as is or with garnishes of choice (options above). Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or in the freezer up to 1 month. Best when fresh.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with coconut oil, with lesser amount of maple syrup, and without additional toppings.
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