Butternut Squash Soup w/ Coconut Milk

This is the soup that I made for our second Sunday Night Soup Night. We’re really enjoying having soup for dinner on Sundays, and I love having leftovers for lunch during the week 🙂

This is your fairly standard butternut squash soup that has been jazzed up with a bit of coconut milk for flavor and presentation appeal, although my swirl technique clearly needs work!

Butternut Squash Soup w/ Coconut Milk

2 tablespoons oil (coconut oil/ghee)
1 large organic onion, diced
3 cups diced butternut squash (approx. ½ inch cubes)
2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced OR 1/2 head cauliflower, chopped into pieces*
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice (or cloves)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
1 cup coconut milk (plus extra for drizzling)

1. Heat the oil in a large pot. Add the onion and garlic.
2. Saute for 5 minutes or so until the onion begins to soften.
3. Add the cinnamon, allspice, salt, pepper and butternut squash. Stir for a couple more minutes until fragrant.
4. Pour in the stock and bring to the boil. Add the carrots/cauliflower.
5. Simmer gently, uncovered, until all of the vegetables are tender.
6. Let the soup cool off a bit, then blend (I blend it in the pot using an immersion blender). The soup should be fairly thick, but don’t be tempted to add any more stock at this point, because you’re about to add the coconut milk.
7. Stir in the coconut milk, make a pretty pattern on top, and serve!

* Why carrots or cauliflower? I normally make it with cauliflower, as a way of getting a bit more vegetable variety into my diet. Because cauliflower has a mild taste, it doesn’t affect the flavor of the soup. I actually prefer it with cauliflower. But some people (my husband included) don’t like cauliflower, so sometimes I make it with carrots instead. Carrots makes it sweeter 🙂

Linking to: Sunday Night Soup Night!, Monday Mania @ Healthy Home Economist, Make Your Own Mondays, Fat Tuesday @ Real Food Forager, Real Food 101 @ Ruth’s Real Food, Traditional Tuesdays, Fight Back Friday @ Food RenegadeGrateful GAPS Holiday Food

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17 Comment

  1. Debra says: Reply

    Oops I got mixed up on your links! Sorry. I love your coconut soup recipe, it’s perfect for our rainy days in the Northwest!

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      Hi Debra, thanks so much for stopping by, and for posting on Sunday Night Soup Night – by the way, I fixed the name of your soup link so that it says the name of your soup instead of saying your name.

  2. jill says: Reply

    Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!

    Be sure to visit RealFoodForager.com on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

    http://realfoodforager.com/2011/10/fat-tuesday-november-1-2011/
    If you have grain-free recipes please visit my Grain-Free Linky Carnival in support of my 28 day grain-free challenge! It will be open until November 2.

    http://realfoodforager.com/2011/10/grain-free-real-food-linky-carnival/

  3. Anna says: Reply

    I’m going to try this tomorrow. I’ll use carrots instead of cauliflower because I have 5# carrots in the fridge. I also bought 2 NOT outdated cans of coconut milk for 10 cents each at the Bent ‘N Dent (real name).
    I’ll have to eat it myself (such a chore! lol) because I doubt my husband would even consider trying it.

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      Sounds like you got some great bargins! I hope you enjoy the soup! Let me know how it turns out.

  4. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    This looks very yummy!

    Check back later tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! 🙂

  5. Susan says: Reply

    I made this soup last night, and it was SO good and SO easy! I added some cumin to the spices and it was a good addition. Thank you!

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      Thanks Susan! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

  6. Hi! Just wanted to let you know I included this dish in my post, An Allergy Friendly Thanksgiving Menu — linked back to you and everything 🙂 Have a great holiday!

    http://allergyfreecookery.blogspot.com/2011/11/allergy-friendly-virtual-thanksgiving.html

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      Thanks Lisa, I really appreciate that!

  7. Zena says: Reply

    Lovely recipe 🙂 I am entertaining friends on Saturday. If I double the amounts will this feed 6 do you think?

    Zena x

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      Hi Zena, thank you! Yes, doubling it should feed 6 people – assuming there is some other food like bread, a salad or a vege side dish. This recipe gives my husband and I a big bowl of soup each, plus about 2 leftover servings for my lunch!

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  10. Thank you for sharing your recipe on Grateful GAPS Holiday Foods

  11. Rosa Mills says: Reply

    Just made this soup and what can I say …. superduperdelicious – thank you so much for this recipe.

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      I’m so glad that you like it! Thanks for taking the time to let me know.

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