Spiced Squash + Coconut Soup
One of my favourite recipes has to be a spiced butternut squash soup. You can play around with lots of different flavours and variations and it will always come out tasty.
Try adding more heat, more fresh herbs, more garlic - tweak to suit you personal tastes! On my weekly A La Carte menus, this gets a garnish of toasted mixed seeds.
Spiced Butternut Squash and Coconut Soup
Here's my ultimate version of a spiced butternut squash soup, and I've used Vita Coco Coconut Milk to add some plant-based creaminess! It's a really light way to add some depth and richness to this comforting soup.
500g butternut squash, diced
100g red lentils
1 tbsp Vita Coco Coconut Oil
1 celery stick
chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced
2 leeks, sliced
1 1/2 inch piece of root ginger, minced
2 carrots, diced
500ml vegetable stock
1 bay leaf
400g Coconut Milk
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp turmeric
10g fresh coriander
Pinch of salt
Start by heating the coconut oil and adding the bay leaf.
Next, begin sautéing the leeks, carrots, celery and ginger in a pan with the coconut oil.
Add the garlic and stir together until everything begins to soften. Take care not to have the pan too hot so that the vegetables don't burn.
Add the butternut squash, followed by the spices and stir altogether.
Stir well for 5-10 minutes and then add the lentils.
Pour over the vegetable stock. Cover with a lid and allow to simmer for 20-25 minutes.
Remove the lid, stir well and simmer for a further 5 minutes.
Add the coconut milk and fresh coriander and blend with a stick blender to your desired consistency. If you like a thinner soup add a little more coconut milk.
Taste and season with salt and pepper as required.
Serve, and store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to three days. This soup also freezes really well, for up to one month!