Butternut Squash Soup-Vegan

We’re half way through January!

The winter hasn’t been too bad so far but still leaves us craving for some hot food! What is better than a steamy, hot bowl of soup on a cold day?

I was growing tired of making chilli and had picked up a butternut squash from the market last week.  I thought of roasting it and making a rice bowl, but after a training run left me cold for the afternoon, I wanted a big bowl of soup and a toasted piece of rye bread to fill me up.

This was a total ‘wing it’ recipe that just happened to turn out good enough to share.  I guess the only thing I would change, depending on your taste, is the amount of salt.  I don’t typically salt anything, so for me, the salt I added was enough, but you could probably add more if you like a little more in your soup.

Ingredients:

  • One medium sized butternut squash.  Peeled and cubed.
  • One Spanish onion.  Diced.
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 8 cups of water or veggie broth.  You could probably use some coconut milk for a portion of this for a more creamy type soup.
  • 1 teaspoon of Garam Masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons of coconut oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Method:

  1. In a large soup pot, on medium heat, put in the coconut oil to melt.  Add in the cubed squash, onion and pepper.
  2. Heat on medium until the onion becomes translucent. Probably about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add in the spices. Heat for another 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add in the water or broth and/or the coconut milk.
  5. Bring to a boil with the lid off.
  6. Once boiling, put the lid on and turn down heat to low/medium; just to simmer.
  7. Simmer for about 30 minutes or until the squash is soft.
  8. Turn off the heat.
  9. I like to leave it cool for 15 minutes or so before I take the immersion blender to it.  You can leave the soup chunky if you prefer as well.

This recipe is souper easy!  See what I did there…;)

Truly easy and full of flavour.  Enjoy it with your favourite crackers or toast to warm you up on a cold day.  I threw a couple of walnuts in for a crunch and a dash of cinnamon because, I can’t get enough cinnamon!

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