by Dr. Jill Blakeway, DACM, L.Ac

Curried butternut squash soup

I love the sweetness of butternut squash, but I always feel as if it needs something to liven it up. In this recipe, curry spices and ginger add heat and make a simple, but very satisfying soup.

In Chinese medicine winter squashes are thought to be qi tonics and are prized for their nutritional value. It’s Vitamin A, in the form of beta-carotene, that gives orange vegetables their warm glow and, in fact, 1 cup of butternut squash contains over 400% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A. It’s also a great source of vitamin C and potassium.

Brewing up a pot of this nutrient-rich soup is really simple. The most time consuming part is peeling the butternut squash. I do this with a potato peeler while the squash is still whole, but I have to admit that I try to delegate the task to someone else if I can.

A couple of years ago I blogged about a more , but the simpler one below has now become a staple in our house in the winter. It’s a very flexible recipe and changes every time I make it because it’s easy to add in veggies that are hanging out in the fridge or even small scraps of leftover meat.

1 medium onion, finely diced
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp, chopped ginger
3 tbsp madras curry powder (we like

1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped into 1″ chunks
Approx. 6 cups vegetable stock
Hot sauce to taste (we think goes particularly well with this but
would work well too)

  • In a large pot sauté the onion in the olive oil over a low heat until it is translucent.
  • Add the ginger and continue to sauté for 2 – 3 minutes until fragrant
  • Add the curry powder and stir until thoroughly mixed in.
  • Then add the butternut squash, put a lid on the pan and allow the squash to release it’s juices over a low heat for about 5 minutes.
  • Add enough vegetable stock to cover the squash and turn up the heat to bring to a boil.
  • Once it’s boiling, turn down the heat, replace the lid and let the soup simmer for about 20 minutes until the squash is soft.
  • Using a hand blender puree the soup.
  • Taste for seasoning and add salt, pepper and some hot sauce if you like to turn up the heat.

Serve garnished with toasted almonds or yogurt.

Serves 6

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