A few weeks ago we posted this Creamy Tomato and Basil Soup and I pointed out my reasons as to why soup is awesome in the summer. I’m happy to say this Easy Curried Butternut Squash and Coconut Soup is just as awesome any time of year.
Pumpkins and squashes are everywhere right now – so here’s the perfect excuse to grab one and eat it! We did lots of research and tried various different recipes (some good, some not so good) but they all had one big problem – they took ages! And we can’t be having that…
So – over to Kat. It was her task to create a ‘lecker’ (German for delicious!) recipe that sacrificed nothing in terms of taste – only time. And man, did she do it! With very little ado, actually 😉
Her favourite squash is the butternut – but you can use any of the edible squashes or pumpkins here. This warming soup takes the traditional taste of the squash and enhances the flavour by merging it with curry and using the delicious sweetness of the coconut to offset some of the spice. Simply put, it’s fantastic. And did I mention healthy too?
PS – if you don’t have one already then now is the time to invest in a hand blender – they’re soooooo amazing for making soups, smoothies and pancakes – and much more besides! They can really revolutionize a kitchen.
Health Benefits – Easy Curried Butternut Squash and Coconut Soup
It would be silly not to focus on the squash here, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do. It’s a pretty seasonal vegetable so often doesn’t get the coverage it deserves – all the more reason to cram as many dishes in as possible right now!
The squash is really high in vitamins A, C and B6, as well as plenty of nutrients and minerals like manganese, potassium and fiber. Combined with the high carotenoid levels, the squash works as an antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory, and is believed to help with type 2 diabetes as well.
While more research is needed, early signs also point to a decreased risk of cancer linked to high squash intake, thanks to those antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. (1).
It’s not just good for you either – this recipe is completely vegan, meaning no animals were harmed, captured or even involved in bringing this lovely soup to you.
Easy Curried Butternut Squash and Coconut Soup
Easy Curried Butternut Squash and Coconut Soup. A delicious blend of coconut sweetness and curried squash make this an absolute fall treat.
- 1 medium butternut squash/pumpkin (you could even buy pre cut and packaged squash or pumpkin to save time. 1 medium = ca. 2½ cups or 500g)
- 3 carrots
- 1 onion (red or white)
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp olive oil (for frying)
- 1-2 tbsp yellow curry powder
- ½ cup red lentils, dried (½ cup dried lentils = ½ of a ca. 440g can pre-cooked lentils)
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 1 can coconut milk (1 can = ca. 440ml)
- 1 inch ginger (1 inch = 3 cm)
- salt and pepper to taste
- naan bread or toasted bread to serve
- 1 small fresh chilli (or half the amount chili powder)
- roasted pumpkin seeds/oil to serve
- 1 tbsp lemon juice (after serving. Hauke's fave!)
- Peel and dice the pumpkin, carrots, onions and garlic and fry them in oil for one minute in a large sauce pan. If you’re not sure how to slice a pumpkin/squash, check out this video here.
Add the curry powder and fry for another minute. Tip in the lentils, vegetable broth, coconut milk and give it a good stir.
Bring it to boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for 15-18 mins until everything is tender. If you are using pre-cooked lentils wait until the last couple of minutes to add them and their juice.
- Use a hand blender and blend it until smooth then season with salt and pepper.
Serve with some bread on the side (well if you want to. We won’t force you!) and if you have them, add some roasted pumpkin seeds and drizzle a little pumpkin oil on the top for a much more intense pumpkin taste.
Recipe idea from BBC Good Food Magazine
IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE: and are in a soupy mood then give this Red Onion Soup a whirl. Unlike most onion soups it’s really quick (only 20 mins!) but just as delicious. For something a bit different this Lean Kohlrabi and Carrot Soup is also a must try!