Hi guys! Today I’m sharing an ultra cozy soup recipe with ya! Curried Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup. It’s rich, creamy, thick and velvety, and full of curry flavour. I’ve topped with roasted peanuts and crunchy kale chips for garnish, which adds another level of gourmet to this cozy bowl. Enjoy this soup for lunch or a light dinner. And serve as the starter for your next Holiday gathering.
In fact, I did exactly that and served this soup at our Canadian Thanksgiving with my in-laws. And it was a huge hit! One thing I love about soup recipes is that vegan or not, everyone gets on board with a warming veg soup.
What’s more is that this soup makes for a great meal-prep recipe to feed you through the week. Reheat for lunches, or prep in advance of your holiday gathering so you’re not so stressed on the big day.
Now, let me tell you exactly how to make this Curried Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup, so that you can be slurping up this cozy bowl in no time.
Curried Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup
The ingredients for this recipe are simple and straight forward. And if your spice rack is well stacked, it’s likely you already have the ingredients at home. But if you don’t have them handy they are ingredients that can be found at any general grocery store.
For this Curried Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup you will need:
- 1 butternut squash
- 2 sweet potatoes
- avocado oil (or other neutral oil, like coconut or canola)
- 1 onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 can coconut milk
- curry powder
- cayenne pepper (optional)
As you can see, there is nothing strange or intimidating about the ingredients here. Especially if you’re used to making curried dishes. And if not, ingredients like curry powder, cumin and the others listed above are great additions to your pantry to spice up any dish.
How to cut a butternut squash
You might find that the hardest part about this recipe is cutting your butternut squash! They can be a doozy, especially if you have small wrists like me. So I’m sharing my method on how to cut a butternut squash.
I urge you to use a big chef’s knife to cut your squash. It might look intimidating, but for cutting big veg like squash it will be your confidant. In fact, although a chef knife might seem big and scary you will have a lot more control when cutting. Then if you like, you can switch to a smaller pairing knife to peel the skins and cube. Some people use a vegetable peeler to cut away the skin, but I’ve never had any luck with it. I find the knife much easier.
So here’s how to cut a butternut squash:
- Cut off the ends of the squash
- Cut the centre to separate the neck from the bottom
- (Image 3 shows how it looks when you cut in half)
- Slice away the skin from the neck of the butternut squash and discard
- (Image 5 shows how the neck of the squash looks when peeled)
- Now slice it like bread
- Cut those slices into bite-sized cubes
- Now we will work on the bottom half of the squash. Slice away the skin of the bottom half of the squash
- Scoop out the seeds and discard
- Slice bottom half of squash
- Cut into bit-sized cubes
- And you did it!
Some tips for making this recipe
I recommend to add your coconut milk last, after pureeing the soup. This is because if your coconut milk gets too hot it might curdle. You can still keep the soup on a low simmer after adding, but it’s best not to heat at very high temperatures.
As for pureeing the soup, It’s optional to use a hand blender or stand mixer. A hand blender is nice because you can keep it all in one pot, however I find it doesn’t come out as smooth.
If you want your soup to be super smooth than I recommend transferring to your blender. (I use my Vitamix for this, but any blender will do). Start by blending on a low setting and then increase as you go. Hot soup can be a bit explosive if you go directly from zero to high, (and it’s a drag trying to clean soup off the ceiling), so it’s best to increase speed setting little by little.
How to garnish Curried Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup
I like to add roasted peanuts and kale chips to this soup for garnish. You can find the recipe to my kale chips here. It takes only 5 minutes and 3 ingredients. And trust me, you won’t believe how tasty kale chips are as a garnish. With its saltiness and crunch it makes a great healthy and gluten-free alternative to croutons.
Of course you can add any garnish of your choice. Roasted chickpeas are also delicious or croutons if you’re not gluten-free. Fresh parsley is also great. Or you can skip the garnish altogether.
What goes well with Curried Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup
Apart form my No-Fail Salty Kale Chips for garnish, I like to serve this curried butternut squash with fresh baguette and homemade cashew cheese or avocado toast. It’s also pairs nicely with my Kale Caesar Salad for a heartier meal.
Or, serve this as a starter for the Holidays, either Thanksgiving or Christmas. Here are some other festive ingredients you can add to your menu.
- The Best Vegan Mashed Potatoes
- Holiday Festive Falafels
- Spiced Roasted Pumpkin with Hazelnut Hummus
- Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Stuffed Mini-Pumpkins with Wild Rice and Kale
- Maple Roasted Carrots
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This is the baking dish I used to roast the squash and sweet potato. Any baking dish will do.
This is the pot I use to make soups. You can use any pot, but I really like this one as it’s a quality pot and so pretty.
This is the blender I have. Which I used to puree the soup. Although, any standard mixer will work for this recipe
So there we have it. An ultra cozy Curried Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup that’s perfect for the fall and winter months. Whether you want to serve as a starter, or enjoy for a light lunch/dinner, this warming bowl is sure to be a favourite.
And, if you do make this recipe please let me know in the comments below what you think! I love hearing from you. And of course, tag me on Instagram with the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations.
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