Curried Coconut-Butternut Squash Soup


By Alaina Sullivan

Squash soups typically rely on a blender to give them a luxuriously creamy consistency, yet this version achieves richness without being pureed to a pulp. Small cubes of butternut squash are cooked in a milky-sweet broth, and they hold their shape all through cooking. The soup becomes creamy by way of coconut milk, which contributes a rich flavor without weighing it down. Curry, cinnamon and cumin spike the broth just enough to accent the squash without masking its natural flavor. The curry and coconut shine together as they usually do, but it’s the cinnamon that brings a warm, unexpected undertone to the dish. 

It’s a soup that sits in limbo somewhere between creamy and brothy, sort of the best of both worlds. Garnish with fresh cilantro or mint. Recipe from Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Express.

Curried Coconut-Butternut Squash Soup

Cook two cups of chopped squash in a few tablespoons of vegetable oil, along with a diced onion, a teaspoon of cumin, a half teaspoon of cinnamon, and a teaspoon of curry powder (or more to taste). Cook the vegetables and spices until the onion is soft, about three minutes. Add five cups of chicken broth or water and a cup of coconut milk; bring to a boil and cook for about six minutes or until the squash is tender and easily pierced with a knife. Serve the soup topped with fresh cilantro and crusty bread or a scoop of rice.


Posted in Indian, Recipes


  1. Sue Morcott Dayton said...

    Oh yum! I think I’ll try this tonight!

  2. rob c said...

    Coconut milk makes magical soups. Smoothness in a can and great for coercing strong flavors into place.Just began following, btw. Spent a while trying to decide why your name was so familiar. Was convinced you were an old friend for a minute, which must be testimony to the greatness of How To Cook Anything. Joy of what?

    • Avogirl said...

      Tried this today–thanks, it is great. My family can’t stand the texture of pureed squash soups, but the loved this. I love your cookbooks–I give How To Cook Everything as my standard wedding gift to younger couples. So glad I found your blog this morning.

  3. Chelsea said...

    Made this tonight. It was so flavourful. Will be making for sure again. Very easy to make. Yummmm!!

  4. Neiha Dhar said...

    How many servings does this yield?

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