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Coconut Curry Cream of Squash Soup with Spiced Lentil Croutons


In the Netherlands, they don't differentiate between pumpkins and squash. Bizarre, no? They just call everything pumpkins.

Semantics though, really. I'm sure this soup would be great if made with pumpkin, or any other type of squash. That's the amazing thing with soups: it's hard to go wrong. Just add some vegetables and a bouillon cube, a little spice here, a little spice there, and maybe some lentils to make it more hearty and there you have it. Warm, comforting, hydrating, filling, nutritious, delicious.

I used to avoid cooking with squash because I thought took waaaay too long to skin and cut. Until I learned this...

Dietitian's Recommendation: partially cook the squash in the oven first after having poked some holes in it with a fork or knife (be careful!). After about 20 minutes the skin and flesh with have softened significantly. Let it cool on a rack and then attempt to peel and chop.

This little trick will make your life a load easier and you'll probably start eating a lot more squash when you realize how easy it can be.

One more tip: if you don't have the patience or time to make the lentil croutons, then don't! Just add the entire batch of lentils right into the soup as is. It'll save you time and will still be delicious. Enjoy the soup on its own, with some fresh bread, crackers, or whatever else you fancy.

 

Coconut Curry Cream of Squash Soup with Spiced Lentil Croutons

Recipe PDF

▸ ▹ Vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, nut-free

Yield: 6 servings Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 40 min Total Time: 55 min

INGREDIENTS: Soup

1 medium butternut squash

1 tsp (5mL) olive oil

2 medium yellow onions, diced

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 vegetable bouillon cube

1.5 tsp (8g) curry powder

1/4 tsp turmeric

1/4 tsp garam masala

3/4 can (300mL) full-fat coconut milk

INGREDIENTS: Lentil Croutons

2 tsp (10mL) olive oil

3/4 cup (150g) dry brown lentils (or 1.5 cups cooked)

1 tsp (3g) dry mint

1/2 tsp curry powder

1/2 tsp garam masala

1/4 tsp salt

INGREDIENTS: Optional Garnish