Golden hued and full of warming spices, a steaming bowl of this soup is the perfect antidote to a cold & dark winter day. Spicy, satisfying and vegan, this recipe features many immune supportive nutrients. The curry spices (turmeric, coriander and ginger) are natural anti-in ammatories that also aid digestion. The robust orange squash is a good source of vitamin A, a key fat-soluble vitamin for healthy immune function. Lastly the coconut oil and coconut milk contain lauric and caprylic acids which have both antimicrobial and immune enhancing properties. Creamy dairy-free goodness!
1 large butternut squash (about 1 1/2 pounds, makes about 2 cups cooked)
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 1/2 cups onion, diced
3 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced or grated
1/2 tsp coriander, ground
1/2 tsp cumin, ground
1/2 tsp turmeric, ground or 1 tsp fresh grated turmeric root
3 cups broth
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
400 ml can coconut milk
optional: cayenne pepper or chili flakes to taste
freshly chopped cilantro
4 Tbsp pumpkin seeds, toasted
2 Tbsp green onions, sliced
- To roast the squash: preheat oven to 375F. Cut the squash in half and place halves, cut side down, on a greased baking dish (use some of the coconut oil) and cover with foil. Bake for 30 to 50 minutes, until you can easily pierce the esh with a knife. Scoop out seeds and discard. Scoop out the esh and set aside.
- Heat the remaining coconut oil in a large pot. Add the onion and sauté over medium-low heat for a couple of minutes. Then add the garlic and ginger and cook until the onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Add the spices and continue cooking for 30 seconds more.
- Now add the cooked squash and the broth and raise the heat to medium-high.
- Cover, and bring to a boil.
- Once boiled, lower the heat, and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so.
- Take soup off heat and add coconut milk.
- Using an immersion blender in the soup pot, or transferring in batches using a blender, puree until smooth.
- Return soup to the pot, and bring to a gentle simmer for about 10 more minutes, serving when well heated.
- Add more salt and pepper to taste.
- Garnish with fresh cilantro and toasted pumpkin seeds if desired
As published in EcoParent Magazine