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October 5, 2013

The Saturday Simmer: Butternut squash soup recipes

Coconut curry butternut squash soup, from Skinnytaste.

Of all the winter (hard-shell) squash in all the world, I love the simple and ubiquitous butternut squash most and use it most often. Like pumpkin, but easier to crack, butternut turns creamy when it meets low and slow heat, which makes it perfect in soups like this coconut curry butternut squash soup, from Skinnytaste. Butternut squash has a light orange-ish skin, a long end and a bulbous end, and it's available everywhere, at supermarkets and farm stands. In some places, you can buy it already peeled and cubed and ready to cook, especially between now and Thanksgiving. Low in calories and high in Vitamin A, butternut squash has a mild, slightly nutty flavor that embraces many different spices with equal joy.

Many butternut squash soup recipes caught my eye this week:

Coconut curry butternut squash soup, from Skinnytaste

Butternut squash apple soup, from Elana's Pantry

Butternut squash soup with pear, cider and vanilla bean, from Roost

Hearty sausage, kale and butternut squash soup, from The Lemon Bowl

Mexican spiced butternut squash soup with beans and corn, from Andrea Meyers

Butternut squash soup with mango and toasted coconut, from A Veggie Venture

Ginger sage butternut squash pumpkin soup, from Healthy. Happy. Life.

Butternut squash and black bean taco soup, from Food Doodles

Butternut, peanut and chipotle soup, from The Perfect Pantry

Butternut squash soup with bacon and sage, from Food for My Family

Thai butternut squash soup, from Taste and Tell

Farro, kale and butternut squash soup, from TasteFood

Butternut squash soup with pancetta and pomegranate, from Former Chef

Sweet and spicy roasted butternut squash soup, from Fifteen Spatulas

Which will you try first? What intrigues you? Please leave feedback on the original recipe post, and let us know if you've made or adapted any of these recipes. See you next Saturday, and every Saturday, with more soups, stews and chili.

[All photos used with permission.]


Posted by: Kalyn | October 5, 2013 at 02:49 PM

I love butternut squash, and I haven't used it nearly enough in soup! Thanks for the ideas.

Posted by: Lydia (Soup Chick) | October 5, 2013 at 07:57 PM

Kalyn, butternut squash is right at the top of my list. It's my favorite comfort food.

Posted by: Super Soup Lover J-Boy | October 6, 2013 at 05:02 AM

Mmm these sound delicious. I have not checked the links yet but the first ones I will be snooping at will be the coconut and thai related ones and the sage/ginger one... the pear/cider/vanilla one sounds very interesting. Great well rounded list my favorite soup Queen, thank you again! Ps. I adore that pumpkin bowl. They are selling them at Safeway (of all places right?) near me for 5.99. I need to get one! They are perfect size too.

Posted by: Heidi | October 10, 2013 at 07:07 PM

Your timing is exquisite. I roasted a butternut squash today with the intent to do some soups and as it cooled, I opened my blog feed and Lydia comes to my aid! LOL

Posted by: Lydia (Soup Chick) | October 10, 2013 at 07:09 PM

Soup Lover, hope you find some soups you love here.

Heidi, timing is everything!

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