Curried Butternut Squash Soup

I felt that this soup was perfect for the cooler weather. I love the creamy texture of this rich butternut squash soup, and I love even more is that the richness comes from the seasonal butternut squash, and not from a ton of butter or fat. I know that I have been making a lot of vegetarian dishes lately, but I love winter produce and I am so thrilled to get to cook with it again! I think this is a lovely option for a Thanksgiving or holiday gathering; it is warm and comforting, but the curry powder adds a little something extra, transforming an ordinary soup into a festive dish. The curry and turmeric in this silky soup makes it taste even more seasonal, though, as the flavors are hearty and autumnal. I highly recommend giving this sensational soup a try!

The holidays are now upon us. Can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday I was complaining about how hot it was in the city and how miserable I was taking the subway ever morning. Now I can barely get out of bed because I’m so cold! I probably hit snooze one too many times every morning, dreading having to pull the warm covers off and step out into the cold morning air. It definitely wakes me up as soon as it hits me, though, which I suppose is a good thing! The cold reminds me of one holiday tradition that my family has shared for about 10 or 11 years now: goofy pajamas and socks. They are a Kania family tradition and I hope that it never ends. My grandmother (my mother’s mother) lives in Victoria, British Columbia (in Sidney, specifically). It’s an adorable little down right on the bay (you can even see Washington from where she lives) and there are always really fun little markets and fairs going on almost every weekend, especially during the holidays. I think that these little fairs are where the tradition began. When my grandmother moved to Victoria, it was so much fun to finally visit Canada, as I had heard a lot about it, since my mom and her whole side of the family are Canadians, but I had never had the opportunity to go. We went up to visit, and not only did I enjoy the many treats and treasures that Canada has to offer (Nanaimo bars, anyone?), but I especially enjoyed walking up and down the street market just around the corner from my grandmother’s house. My mom always bought my brothers and I a pair of big, fuzzy socks, and each year, we requested another pair and another pair. Even my husband, Kramer, has a few pairs of his own, at this point! I just can’t imagine the holidays without hanging out in my kitchen or on the couch, enjoying traditional holiday foods like my mom’s famous chestnut and cranberry stuffing, butter tarts (I really should post about them, they are a real Canadian treat), and ooey, gooey melted brie with fruit and crackers. You can see an example of the socks, and hilarious pajamas that were soon to follow, here. As you can see, it’s a lot of fun getting “suited up” and goofing around with my family. I live in New York City, now, so I have to ship my family out to me for the holidays. My brothers will be visiting Kramer and I right before Christmas, and we’ll hopefully have time to go up to Eastchester to visit with Kramer’s side of the family for Chanukah. I suppose that this year, my holiday traditions have doubled, since now I have two sets of holidays to celebrate! The more the merrier, right? Reading some of the holiday stories from other BlogHer Bloggers has made me a bit sentimental. You can read their stories on the BlogHer.com exclusive offers page. What excites you about the holidays? What makes the holidays special for you and yours? What traditions do you celebrate, no matter what? What are your fondest childhood holiday memories? Tell me everything! I love hearing about these sorts of things from my readers; it really gets me in the holiday spirit!

Even though my brothers are coming out here for the holidays to visit me this year, I have been feeling a bit homesick. I’m hoping that I can get a chance to go visit my family in Arizona, thanks to Folgers. They are sending five contest winners (plus 3 of their friends and family) home for the holidays! All you have to do is go to the Folgers website and write a short 200 words or less essay about “What is the best part of wakin’ up at home during the holidays with Folgers® coffee?” to enter! I’ve already submitted my essay and hopefully they will pick me so that Kramer and I can go home to visit our family and enjoy the nice warm weather back in Phoenix! I can’t wait to read all about your traditions. You can enter the contest as many times as you like, you just have to write a different essay each time.


Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Your ingredients. I thought I might need to use the potatoes, but I didn’t end up needing them.

Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Melt a tablespoon of butter in a large pot over medium-high heat and add in the shallots. Saute for 5 minutes, until translucent.

Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Mince your garlic.

Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Add the garlic, stir for a minute or so, and then add 3/4 cup of wine. Allow the wine to reduce to half its original amount.

Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Cube your squash.

Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Add the squash to the pot, along with enough vegetable or chicken stock to cover, the curry powder, turmeric, ginger, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine and cook for 20 minutes over medium-high heat, until the squash is tender.

Curried Butternut Squash SoupCurried Butternut Squash Soup
Puree the soup, either with an immersion blender or in batches with a regular blender or a food processor. You can run it through a mesh sieve if you like, but I didn’t find it necessary with this soup, as it was already pretty smooth. Add in the heavy cream and stir.

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Curried Butternut Squash Soup
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup white wine
  • 32 ounces vegetable or chicken broth (plus another 14 ounces, if necessary)
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons half and half or heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Melt the tablespoon of butter of medium-high heat in a large pot. Add in the diced shallots and saute for 5 minutes or so, until translucent. Add in the garlic, saute for another minute, then add in the white wine and cook until reduced to half.
  2. Cube your butternut squash and add it to the pot. Add in the 32 ounces of chicken or vegetable broth, and add in another 14 ounces if necessary, to cover. Add in all of the spices, stir, and bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to medium-high heat and cook for 15-20 minutes, until the squash is tender.
  3. Puree the soup with an immersion blender, or in batches with a regular blender or a food processor. You can run it through a mesh sieve if you want, but I didn't find that to be necessary. Stir in the half and half or cream. Top with a few drops of heavy cream or half and half (it's mostly for presentation, anyway) and serve. Serves 2.

 

29 Responses

  1. Wei-Wei says:

    Mmm, squash soup! It looks deliciously thick and lovely. Fall, here I come… oh wait, we’re already here. 😛

  2. Tina from PA says:

    I love Squash soup! Yours looks so warm and yummy. I really hope you win the Folgers contest ! I know what it’s like to be homesick.One of my favorite Christmas memories is on Christmas Eve my family would have a open house and some way Santa would sneak up to my room and place new pajamas and slippers on my bed ,so not only did you have nice new p.j’s for pictures ,it also ment time to go to bed he’s(Santa)in the area ! So much fun! I’m 49 and I still have to have new p.j’s Christmas Eve!

    • Sydney says:

      Tina: It’s a great tradition, and yours sounds extra fun! You should enter the contest, too! I’m sure there’s a home somewhere you’d like to visit for the holidays!

  3. Patty says:

    We adore squash soup (my husband makes a great butternut and a great acorn squash soup, and since we left Canada to live in the Bahamas it is a bit harder to do the squashes. But when we are home – a mile from Sidney – we’ll do it! Your recipe looks wonderful, thank you.

    And no, that’s not Seattle that you can see from Sidney! You can see Mt. Baker on a clear day, but that’s way, way north of Seattle! Seattle is about a half hour flight, or a bit less, from Sidney’s airport (which the world knows as the Victoria Airport). On the Pat Bay highway heading south into Victoria you can see the Olympic Mountain Range, in Washington State.

    To see Seattle from Sidney would be akin to your being able to see into New Brunswick or maybe Princeton from NYC.

    Thanks for a delicious blog!

    • Sydney says:

      Patty: Everyone there says it’s Seattle! May it depends where you are looking? I’ve seen the needle from there before. Living in the Bahamas must be amazing! I’d trade squash for that any day!

  4. Rachel says:

    Your food blog was the first one I ever started reading…I was searching for lettuce wraps and your blog came up…I’ve been reading it (and now many other food blogs) for quite a long time now.
    I wanted to comment because I live in Victoria, BC and used to work at a little store that my friend owns out in Sidney…and I loove butternut squash soup – so this was the perfect post for me!
    My husband and I are coming to New York in the spring – any good restaurants that we just have to go to?
    Thanks for the great blog!!

  5. Jen says:

    Okay, I’m glad I’m not the only one with the holiday season on my brain. I’m ready! But yea, I’ve got a butternut squash sitting on my counter. Will cook soup. P.s. those pajamas are AWESOME! I need to find some!

  6. Jen says:

    crap…posted twice. now three times. *hangs head*

  7. Ben says:

    oh my. yet another squash soup recipe to add to my queue to try… grrr!! <3

    btw, i read this today. made me think of you. http://www.ediblemanhattan.com/20101103/gramercy-tavern/ =)

  8. Patty says:

    That’s funny. I guess they’re geographically-challenged if they think they can see Seattle!
    Or, I am wrong. But my non-geo challenged husband just laughs at the thought that Seattle can be seen.

    And yes, the Abacos, in the Bahamas, are paradise. The Bahamas aren’t paradise at all generally, but here it is beyond paradise, and only Sidney comes close! :-)

    Let me know if you want to come and cook. We’ve got a little guest apartment… are across from the sugar sand beach with a turquoise ocean… :-)

  9. Carianne says:

    Stumbled across your blog from the tastespotting site. The photos of your butternut squash soup looked amazing. I made a few changes to your basic recipe, I didn’t have curry powder so I used garam masala and a whole onion instead of shallots. I like a bit of spice, so I threw in cayenne pepper and some cumin. The flavors ended up working beautifully, although I stained parts of my food processor “turmeric yellow.” A hazard when you are in the kitchen, to be sure. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Kristen says:

    I just made this! I am eating a bowl of it right now!

    It is most definitely Autumn in a pot. So warm and delicious. Thanks so much for your easy to follow posts!

    • Sydney says:

      Kristen: I’m glad that you enjoyed it! It was one of my favorite recipes so far this year. I’m happy to hear that the post is easy to follow – I wrote it, so I don’t know until someone tells me! Thanks!

  11. Chez Us says:

    I have been reading about all these great holiday traditions and one that everyone seems to remember is the holiday pjs. I had forgotten about that one in our family. I think I am going to start this with L and myself!!!

  12. Quanda says:

    I never eaten Curried Butternut Squash Soup. But it looks delicious! One of my favorite holiday traditional food is homemade Banana Pudding.

  13. maureen says:

    My cousins and I loved and still do love my grandmother’s stuffing. It has been 12 yrs since she passed but I watched her do the stuffing and I think that I came pretty close .

  14. Autumn says:

    Yum! What would you recommend as a substitute for the wine? :)

  15. Jim Kramer says:

    Dear Sydney: I enjoy following your website!

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I was to Bakers Square in Chicago this past week and they had Butternut Squash Bisque on their menu. I had ordered soup and a side half of sandwich (tuna melt). Of course I was saving room for pie, which Bakers Square is most noted. When I started to eat the bisque, I told the waiter to forget the sandwich and bring more bisque. He told me too late, as the sandwich was done, but the bisque would be on the menu for a few weeks. Of course I’m sure the bisque was made at the main commissory of Bakers Square, but it was sooooo good toped with nuts and a small dollop of sour cream.

    So I expect to get back there next Wednesday, as that is the day they have pie rush Wednesday, free pie with any purchase.

    BTW, I’m the Kramer that worked with your Kramer in Tempe AZ a few years back. I’m settled back in Chicago after the “adventure” in Arizona. While living in AZ, it really wasn’t my cup of tea; however, now that it is getting cold with winds coming off Lake Michigan, I wouldn’t mind to be back in AZ for the next few months.

    http://www.bakerssquare.com/ In AZ the stores are known as Village Inn.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Sydney says:

      It’s freezing here, too – sometimes we ask ourselves why we moved here when my mom tells me how warm it is in Arizona…then the 100+ degree heat hits them and I’m glad to be on the East coast. It’s good to hear from you, Jim! Kramer always talked about you when you worked together – I’m glad that you got out of AZ, too 😉

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