This butternut squash soup is the perfect backup recipe. Flavorful and refreshing, it has delicate flavors of carrot and the crispness of fresh ginger. If possible, prepare this velvety soup a day or two in advance; its flavors melt and deepen after about a day of standing in the refrigerator.
4garlic clovesminced or crushed (about 2 teaspoons)
4cupsbutternut squashpeeled, seeded, cut into large pieces
2cupscarrotspeeled and sliced
4cupsvegetable broth(or 1 tablespoon powder in 1 cup water)
1can coconut milkplus ¼ cup for garnish, divided
Roasted butternut squash seeds
Cover the bottom of a large pot with oil and add the diced onion and a little salt over low heat. Cook, 5 to 10 minutes, until the onion becomes translucent.
Add the garlic and ginger with salt and pepper to taste and cook another 5 min to allow the flavors to blend.
Add the broth and tamari to the pot, then the carrots and squash. Bring to a boil then simmer until carrots are tender, about 20-30 minutes.
In a stand blender or using a hand blender, blend the ingredients to the desired texture. It is possible to mix half, leaving some mashed carrots and squash for a little texture.
At this point, add the coconut milk, keeping ¼ cup for the garnish, and blend. Divide the soup between soup bowls and top with the remaining coconut milk and other favorite toppings.
Placed in an airtight container, this butternut squash soup with carrots and ginger will keep for up to 7 days.
The cooking time of vegetables depends on the size of the pieces. In other words, the bigger the pieces, the longer the soup will cook. If possible, prepare this soup a day or two in advance; its flavors will melt and deepen after about a day of standing in the refrigerator.
Butternut Squash and Coconut Soup: Replace carrots with 2 cups of butternut squash.
Carrot and Coconut Soup: Replace the butternut squash with 4 cups of carrots.
Spicy Butternut Squash Soup with Carrots and Ginger: Add spices like cinnamon and/or nutmeg, paprika, or more spice with cayenne pepper or sriracha, or Thai chili paste.