Roasted Squash Soup with Coconut & Curry (Vegan)
This vegan roasted squash soup is supremely creamy with a touch of sweetness and heat. It's perfect as an elegant first course or a satisfying main dish! love buttercup squash for its rich, sweet flesh and deep orange color, but butternut squash also works great. The soup takes over an hour to make since you have to first roast the squash, but if you roast the squash ahead of time, the soup comes together quickly.
Servings: 6 people
- 1 3 ½ to 4 pound buttercup or butternut squash
- ¼ cup virgin coconut oil or neutral vegetable oil
- 2 large leeks, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
- 1 serrano chile, seeded and minced
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 13.5- ounce can coconut milk
- 3 cups water
- Juice of half lime
- Coconut cream or coconut milk, for swirling (optional)
- Fresh cilantro leaves (optional)
- Toasted coconut flakes (optional)
Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Cut the squash in half lengthwise. Spoon out and discard the seeds. Drizzle the squash flesh lightly with olive oil, then place the halves, cut sides down, on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until the flesh is tender when pierced with a small knife, 45 minutes-1 hour. Let cool, then scoop out the flesh (you should have roughly 4 cups). Do Ahead: The cooked squash can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.
In a large saucepan, heat the coconut oil over medium-low heat. Add the leeks, ginger and serrano chile, and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 8-10 minutes, or until the leeks are tender but not browned. Add the curry powder, cinnamon and allspice, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the cooked squash and brown sugar, and season with salt and pepper. Pour in the coconut milk and water. Stir, breaking up any large chunks of squash with a wooden spoon. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, covered, 20 minutes.
Working in batches, puree the soup using a blender or hand blender. Pour the pureed soup into a clean saucepan. If the soup is too thick, thin it with water. Squeeze in the lime juice, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook until warmed through.
Ladle the soup into serving bowls. If you'd like, drizzle the soup with coconut cream and garnish with cilantro leaves and toasted coconut flakes.
Do Ahead: The soup tastes even better with time and can be refrigerated for up to 5 days. Reheat and thin with water as needed before serving.
- You can roast the squash several days in advance, which turns this into an easy (and quicker) weeknight meal.
- For an ultra silky texture, use a high-speed blender (like a Vitamix) to puree the soup. For a slightly coarser texture, use a regular blender or a stick blender.
- Don’t feel tied down by the measurements in this recipe. Feel free to adjust the flavors and seasonings according to what you like and/or have!
- Like all soups, this roasted squash soup tastes even better with time and can be made a few days in advance.
- For slow cooker soup ideas, check out my book, Fresh Flavors for the Slow Cooker!