A big thanks to The Soyfoods Council for sponsoring this Thai Spiced Butternut Squash Soup post! I was asked to participate in the #soyinspired campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network.
For the past few days, I’ve been huddled underneath my crocheted blanket, surrounded by a sea of crumpled tissues and empty mugs. You would think that it’s the middle of winter here. Alas, it still feels like summer in Sacramento with climes in the mid-80s. It’s just that time of the year again when my immune system breaks down and I start becoming susceptible to all kinds of germs and bugs. Ick.
Being sidelined over the weekend, I had plenty of time to map out all the blog/life things I need to accomplish over the next few months. Holy tamales, it dawned on me that the year is almost over, and I’m going to have to start planning for the holidays before I know it. I need to start testing recipes for those big gatherings!
That’s where this soup comes in. The spicy and sour Thai flavors may be unexpected in a butternut squash soup, but they work so well here. I added plain soy milk here to give the soup more creaminess and protein. Whenever I make vegan soups like this one, I love using soy milk to add creaminess to the dish. The flavor of soy milk is very neutral, so it is great for a variety of soups.
This soup was the perfect comfort food for me this weekend, and I can imagine my friends lapping it up when I make it for our gatherings. If you’re serving the soup for a group, you can also set up a toppings bar (similar to the one below) so that your guests can mix in whatever add-ins they want.
For this soup, I recommend buying a squash that’s about 3 pounds in weight. You’ll end up with a bit of extra butternut squash flesh, and that’s exactly what we want for a cookie recipe that I’ll be sharing later this week!
MASTER MY MISTAKES + COOKING NOTES
- Cutting Butternut Squash: Hacking into a butternut squash can be tricky, especially if you are trying to seesaw your way through the squash with a dull knife. I’ve done that so many times in the past, and I was always afraid of losing a finger along the way. Using a good sharp knife makes a huge difference. Just chop off a bit of the top, stand the squash upright, and cut the squash down the middle.
- Thick or Thin Soup: This recipe makes a pretty thick and creamy soup. I’ve tried another version using 3 1/2 cups of vegetable broth, and the soup was much thinner. You may need to add a bit more salt if you cook with more broth.
- Think You Can Handle the Heat? Use 3 Thai chilis instead of 2 and puree it with the rest of the soup.
KITCHEN TIP: HOW TO PEEL & CUT BUTTERNUT SQUASH