This Ginger Turmeric Butternut Squash Soup is extremely healthy and packed full of healing ingredients. It’s low-carb, vegan, Paleo/Whole30 compliant, and so deliciously bright and warm. It’s the perfect winter meal to make when you want something warm but not too heavy- it’s one of those things that makes you feel healthier AFTER eating it!
The best part about this recipe (besides the fact that it only takes 20 minutes to make!) is the fact that it’s super creamy, but has no dairy. Coconut milk makes it velvety smooth, with a subtle coconut flavor that pairs so well with the sweet squash and spicy ginger and turmeric. I HIGHLY recommend buying full-fat coconut milk for the best taste.
The three main ingredients in this soup- squash, fresh ginger, and turmeric- are extremely healthy, not to mention pair very well together.
Fresh ginger is known to help with digestion and is a natural anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory. It’s been a lifesaver for me during my pregnancy whenever I felt nauseous.
By now, I’m sure you’ve hear about all the health benefits of turmeric floating around the internet. It can help with blood sugar balance, detoxifying the body and preventing against cancer, and even certain kinds of arthritis!
Finally, butternut squash, like other winter squashes, are high in carotenoids like other orange vegetables such as carrots, as well as vitamins A, C, and fiber. And you can even roast the seeds like you would pumpkin seeds- I tossed mine with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, cumin, and turmeric, roasted in the oven on parchment paper, and topped the soup with them as a garnish.
One reason why this soup is extra quick and easy to make is that you use already cooked butternut squash to make it. I recommend sticking the WHOLE squash (not cut in half or anything) in your slow cooker with just a splash of water, and cooking on high for about 3 hours or low for 6. The squash will cook perfectly and you can slice it in half, scoop out the seeds and pulp, and scoop out the flesh to use in this soup. For easy weekend prep, do this ahead of time and save the squash in a container for an easy weeknight dinner.
If you read my blog regularly, you probably already know how obsessed I am with my immersion blender. If you don’t have one, I HIGHLY recommend you get one! For creamy soups like this, you just stick it in the pot and press on, and it blends it perfectly smooth right in the pot. It’s much easier than dragging out your standing blender (and subsequently cleaning it).
Recipe for Ginger Turmeric Butternut Squash Soup below!
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- 1 large butternut squash, cooked (see notes)
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger, peeled
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or olive oil or butter)
- 2 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
- 1 can coconut milk
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 heaping teaspoon turmeric
- roasted squash or pumpkin seeds and fresh cilantro, for serving (optional)
- In a large pot, saute the ginger and onion in oil over medium heat until softened (about 3 minutes)
- Add the stock, bring to a boil.
- Add the cooked butternut squash.
- Stir in the coconut milk.
- Season with salt, pepper, and turmeric.
- Use an immersion blender to blend to a smooth puree (alternatively, you can use a standing blender in batches). Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
- Serve topped with roasted seeds and/or fresh cilantro, if desired.
Freeze in an airtight container for up to 6 months.