(Vegan) Creamy and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup (with ginger and a bit of sweetness, too)
Yup…another soup. I know my soups often have similar ingredients/I make them in similar ways, but they always surprise me in the end with different flavors. This one was particularly delicious (and different) and I won’t be too surprised if I make it again in a few weeks. There are a lot of flavors going on here, but I’m perfectly okay with that.
- 1 (medium sized) butternut squash
- 3 potatoes
- 3-5 carrots
- 1 onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1-2 inches ginger
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 2-3 tbsp mimic creme (or choice of milk/cream sub; this would also be awesome with coconut milk)
- 2 tbsp earth balance (I use soy-free)
- 1-2 tbsp agave syrup
- 1 veggie bouillon cube
- curry, paprika, cayenne, chili, cumin, salt, pepper
Prep Time: approx 40-50 mins, Serves 4-5
Peel and cut the butternut squash into smallish cubes. Wash, peel, and quarter the potatoes. Clean and chop the carrots (doesn’t have to be too finely). Set those veggies aside.
Chop the onions, garlic, and ginger and throw them into the bottom a large pot with some olive oil. Sauté them for about 4-5 minutes and add your spices. Start with .5 tsp of cumin, 1 tsp of cayenne, 1-2 tsps of paprika and chili, and 2-3 tsps of curry. Add a bit of salt and pepper if you’d like. Let the spices mix with the veggies for another minute, and then throw in the potatoes, carrots, and squash. Add water; you’ll probably come close to filling your pot (but leave some room!).
Bring the pot to a boil. Whenever you’d like, you can also add the agave syrup, earth balance, mimic creme, tomato paste, and bouillon cube. Let the pot simmer for just about 15-20 minutes after it boils, and your soup should be just about done! At this point I of course taste it and usually add a few more spices as necessary. You should be able to taste a bit of everything: the curry, ginger, a bit of spice, and a bit of sweetness. Delicious.
Also, as with my other soups, I let it cool and then throw it in the blender (magic bullet for me) so it gets a nice, smooth, creamy texture! Top it with cilantro, some black pepper, and serve.