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Vegan Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk

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This curried, vegan butternut squash soup with coconut milk is healthy, easy, and packed full of flavor. With warm spices like ginger and curry powder, and a secret ingredient to add creaminess and protein (without cream!) this is the best butternut squash soup you’ll ever make!

vegan Butternut squash soup with coconut milk served in a white bowl

Soup is one of my go-to meals no matter the season, but as we head into fall soup becomes totally irresistible to me! I love making soup because it’s an easy, one-pot recipe, it’s healing, warming and nourishing — in addition to tasting delicious! And this vegan butternut squash soup is no exception. It’s so easy that it’ll be ready in just 30 minutes, and with the help of an immersion blender, you’ll end up with a perfectly creamy soup with absolutely no cream!

How to make Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk and Ginger – step by step

Step 1: Add onion, ginger, garlic and olive oil to a large pot over medium heat. Saute until onions are translucent – about 5 minutes.

Step 2: Add beans, butternut squash, curry powder, thyme, coconut milk, salt, coconut sugar and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, covered, about 10-15 minutes until squash is soft.

Step 3: Puree with an immersion blender until smooth. Serve with crushed cashews or peanuts on top and pita chips on the side!

vegan Butternut squash soup with coconut milk served with a side salad

What makes vegan butternut squash soup healthy?

This soup is really well balanced – with 260 calories, 9g fiber and 10g protein per serving. That means you can go back for seconds and feel really full and satisfied after you’re done! Butternut squash is an amazing vegetable, it’s full of fiber, potassium, vitamin E, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, and folate. Paired with the protein-rich white beans – this soup becomes a one pot meal! Additionally, the light coconut milk + white beans give the soup a richness and creaminess without the fat content of heavy cream.

Is butternut squash soup kid friendly?

Absolutely! The spices in this recipe: ginger, garlic and curry powder are pretty mild and add flavor without heat. And the coconut milk adds a nice sweetness along with making this soup rich and creamy (which kids tend to love). If you have a curry powder that’s especially “hot”, I’d recommend adding less of it to the pot when you’re cooking the recipe, and once you have served it to the kids, add more curry powder for the adults!

Can you freeze this vegan butternut squash soup?

Yes! This soup freezes really well and will keep in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 4 months. I use these quart-sized eco-friendly freezer bags or these freezer-safe glass containers to store soup in the freezer.

Two bowls of vegan butternut squash soup - top view

Top tips for making Vegan Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk and Ginger

  • The soup will keep well in the fridge for a few days and is easily frozen. If you’re using a freezer bag to store your soup, freeze it flat so that you can stack the frozen bags to save space. Also, make sure your soup is cool before freezing and if you plan to reheat only some of it at a time, store it in pre-portioned containers.
  • If you want to add even more veggies into this soup, I’d recommend adding 8oz frozen cauliflower (at the same step you add the butternut squash).
  • Butternut squash is harvested in the Autumn, so if you’re making this soup out of season, buy frozen butternut squash to take advantage of all those nutrients!
  • For garnishes, I like fresh cilantro, chopped nuts (like cashews or peanuts) and whole wheat pita chips for dipping! You can also serve this with a side salad of fresh greens for additional veggies.
vegan Butternut squash soup in white bowls on wooden plates

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5 from 2 votes

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk and Ginger

This curried, vegan butternut squash soup with coconut milk is healthy, easy, and packed full of flavor. With warm spices like ginger and curry powder, this is the best butternut squash soup you'll ever make!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 260kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 1 red onion diced
  • 2 15oz cans of cannellini beans rinsed and drained
  • 1-2 cups vegetable broth more if needed
  • 2 butternut squashes – cubed or 2 16oz packages of frozen butternut squash
  • 2 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1/2 tbsp curry powder
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 15oz can of light coconut milk
  • 1 tsp salt more to taste
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1 sprinkle dried thyme

Instructions

  • Add onion, ginger, garlic and olive oil to a large pot over medium heat. Saute until onions are translucent – about 5 minutes.
  • Add beans, butternut squash, curry powder, thyme, coconut milk, salt, coconut sugar and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, covered, about 10-15 minutes until squash is soft.
  • Puree with an immersion blender until smooth. Serve with crushed cashews or peanuts on top and pita chips on the side!

Notes

Top tips for making Vegan Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk and Ginger
  • The soup will keep well in the fridge for a few days and is easily frozen. If you’re using a freezer bag to store your soup, freeze it flat so that you can stack the frozen bags to save space. Also, make sure your soup is cool before freezing and if you plan to reheat only some of it at a time, store it in pre-portioned containers.
  • If you want to add even more veggies into this soup, I’d recommend adding 8oz frozen cauliflower (at the same step you add the butternut squash).
  • Butternut squash is harvested in the Autumn, so if you’re making this soup out of season, buy frozen butternut squash to take advantage of all those nutrients!
  • For garnishes, I like fresh cilantro, chopped nuts (like cashews or peanuts) and whole wheat pita chips for dipping! You can also serve this with a side salad of fresh greens for additional veggies.
Modified from Food and Wine 

Nutrition

Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 463mg | Potassium: 1184mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 19995IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 176mg | Iron: 4.7mg

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6 responses to “Vegan Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk”

  1. My kids would definitely love this! My husband and I are always looking for new vegan recipes to incorporate into our menu but sadly I have picky eaters!

  2. The mixture of spices used in this makes me want to try it already! Can all kinds of coconut milk be used in recreating this?5 stars

    • Thanks so much Jenn! And yup – you can use any kind of coconut milk you like! I used light coconut milk but full fat would just make this soup even more creamy and luscious! 🙂

  3. This butternut squash soup looks divine! I love that it’s vegan too but is it okay to tweak it a bit to fit my non-vegan lifestyle?5 stars

    • Thanks so much Elisha! And yes absolutely — you can modify this any way you like! You can use regular milk in place of the coconut milk, or serve it as a side to a non-plant-based entree! 🙂

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