Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Winter is officially here! Do these cooler temperatures make you crave comfort foods? Add a flavorful butternut squash soup to your list of go-to cold-weather dishes. This vegan dish is packed with energizing flavors and is sure to warm you up on chilly winter days. Shop the SFC Farmers’ Markets for seasonal ingredients like butternut squash and other fresh veggies if you opt for a homemade vegetable broth.

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From The Happy Kitchen Cookbook, Fresh Seasonal Recipes. Adapted from The Longevity Kitchen by Rebecca Katz.

Makes 6 servings.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 butternut squash (about 1½ pounds), peeled, deseeded, and chopped into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1, 13.5-ounce can lite or regular coconut milk
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ½ teaspoon maple syrup


In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add turmeric, cumin, ginger, onion, and a pinch of salt. Sauté for 3 minutes. Add squash and another pinch of salt, then sauté for 1 minute more.

Add 1 cup broth and deglaze the pot. Cook until it reduces to ½ cup.

Add remaining broth, water, and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and add coconut milk. Simmer gently for 15 minutes, or until squash is tender. Remove the cinnamon stick and then purée with a handheld immersion blender or standard blender. You will need to do this in batches if using a standard blender. Fill the blender halfway each time and remove the central part of the blender lid, or vent the lid slightly before blending. This allows steam to escape and prevents the lid from popping off. Cover the lid with a dish towel to prevent splashing. Repeat in batches until all the soup has been blended.

Season with lime juice, maple syrup, and another pinch of salt before serving.