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Curried Butternut Squash Soup

  • February 24, 2012
  • 3:29 pm
Curried Butternut Squash Soup

It’s practically raining winter squash here. Everywhere I turn, there’s a gorgeous pile of kabocha or delicata or acorn or butternut or pumpkin.

first butternut squash of the fall by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog

I like to rotate between these winter gems to avoid getting tired of any one of them so this week was a butternut week! Butternut squash has a lot going for it — its pretty, bright-colored flesh is sweet, hearty, and nourishing.

roasted butternut squash by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog

The recipe for this soup comes via my good friend Hilary in Washington, DC. She’s a great appreciator of good food so when she said it was both “yummy and easy,” I decided to give it a try. I made this last night for dinner and have to echo her sentiments — it is yummy and easy, indeed. It’s also completely vegan. Enjoy!

Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Serves 4 as a main course

* about 2 lbs butternut squash (or substitute with acorn squash, delicata squash, pumpkin, etc.)
* 1 large onion, chopped
* 1 large ripe tomato, chopped
* 2 cloves of garlic, minced
* 2 cups vegetable stock
* 1 can of coconut milk
* 3 teaspoons curry powder or garam masala
* 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, or more, to taste)
* salt and pepper to taste
* 2-3 tablespoons olive oil


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice the squash in half and scoop out the seeds and pulp with a spoon. Save for another use or discard. Spread about 1 tablespoon vegetable oil on the bottom of a roasting tray and place the squash halves cut side-down on the tray. Roast for about 30 minutes, or until the flesh feels soft when poked and it has shrunken away from the skins a bit. Flip over and let cool. Once cool enough to handle, scoop out all the flesh and reserve in a bowl.

2. Meanwhile, heat a heavy-bottomed pot with another tablespoon or so of oil and sautee the onions over medium-low heat. Season with salt and pepper and cook until translucent, about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the curry powder, optional cayenne, chopped tomato and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, another 4-5 minutes.

3. Add the roasted squash, coconut milk and vegetable stock. Stir to combine thoroughly and bring just to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, covered, for about 20 minutes or so.

4. Using an immersion blender, puree the soup to a smooth consistency (this can also be done by transferring the soup in batches to a food processor or blender.) Taste for seasoning. Add additional stock or coconut milk if itís too thick to your liking. Once the soup is to preferred taste and consistency, stir in the lemon juice to taste and serve.

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Eve Fox

Eve is the creator of The Garden of Eating, a blog about food--cooking it, eating it, and growing it. She has a legendary love of aprons and can often be found salivating over the fruits and veggies at one of the many farmersí markets near her home in Woodstock, NY. Want even more recipes, photos, giveaways, and food-related inspiration? "Like" the Garden of Eating on Facebook, or follow Eve on Twitter or Pinterest.


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1:31AM PST on Jan 9, 2014

Looks like a hearty and fortifying soup. I like the coconut milk as an ingredient as well.

4:21PM PST on Nov 25, 2012

Thanks, yum!

2:17PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

This looks delicious!!!

4:44PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

That sounds tasty. I quite like butternut squash soups generally.

1:18PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Will give a try as winter approaches

2:21PM PST on Mar 4, 2012

It sounds delicious, I will try it.

7:37PM PST on Mar 3, 2012

This sounds very tasty, must give it a try I love curried anything!

10:08AM PST on Feb 29, 2012


11:03PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

Sounds like a bit of heaven on a cold day though I might use a bit less curry. Thanks.

7:51AM PST on Feb 27, 2012

Sounds great! Thanks for posting.

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