It’s oh so satisfying to see those fearful looks and questions of, “But what’s IN it?” vanish after the first bite.
Fortunately for us, this butternut squash was one of those occasions.
After volunteering to write this blog, I set out to find a recipe worthy of sharing here. Yes, I volunteered! So by association, my family volunteered too.
I tried not to let my opinion of this new recipe flash across my face as I gently placed it on the table I didn’t NOT like it… but it was definitely a new and probably acquired taste. I stared them down, as one by one, they bravely dipped their spoons and deposited a small amount of the warm, velvety yellow liquid onto their tongues. And then…
“Oh, this is good!” my daughter voiced her surprise. “It doesn’t taste as bad as it looks.”
I took it as a WIN. It doesn’t taste as bad as it looks.
Tips for Making Vegan Butternut Squash Soup Taste Better Than It Looks
I’m going to preface this section by saying, be leary of some butternut squash soup recipes. My first attempt was a “hard pass” from the family. Honestly, it was not good. Bleck!
Vegan butternut squash soup might arguably be one of the greatest fall menu staples for eating healthy! This soup’s nutrient content is outstanding. Seriously, every ingredient alone is a nutritional powerhouse — and they’re all in one soup!
That’s something I get excited about-especially the turmeric powder. It’s also why I was willing to try a few flops in order to find a way to get it on our table this fall!
There are a few things that I found, however, to make this recipe for butternut squash soup taste better than it looks.
Oven Roasted. Prepare the squash in the oven before starting the soup. DO NOT opt for the frozen variety if you can help it. Our soup came out much better when we did this.
Beware of Ginger. The first butternut squash soup recipe we tired called for ginger. It ended up overpowering the entire dish and tasted like the dressing served at a Japanese steakhouse with the side salad. I’m a fan of the dressing, but it doesn’t cut it as a soup! We ended up liking this recipe the most, but cut down the amount of ginger and added an apple!
Puree. Have a blender or food processor that can get the squash extra smooth and creamy!
Choose your milk/cream according to your preference! The recipes we tried either called for coconut milk or heavy cream. For one, we used almond milk (our preferred milk) and we all agreed the milk/cream doesn’t change the recipe as a whole and could have easily been substituted in all the others to make them each appeal to our personal preferences for this ingredient. This one ingredient can turn some butternut squash soup recipes into a vegan butternut squash soup recipe.
Vegan Butternut Squash Soup Recipe …that doesn’t “taste as bad as it looks”
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1-inch fresh ginger root, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of cardamom powder
Pinch of ground cloves
1 green apple, peeled, quartered, and chopped
3 cups water (Use your preferred milk of choice here if you like your soup creamier. But be aware that if you use animal milk, this isn’t a vegan recipe.)
4 cups chopped butternut squash, oven-roasted and cooled.
Himalayan sea salt and pepper to taste
Heat extra virgin olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until tender (about 6 to 8 minutes). Add ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer to a blender or food processor and add apple, squash, and 3 cups water (or milk). Return to saucepan and cook for an additional 8-10 minutes on medium-high heat. Let it cool slightly and then season with Himalayan sea salt and pepper to taste.
Find A Recipe You Like
If you find you don’t like this vegan butternut squash soup recipe, try a different one! They vary significantly.
If I learned anything from playing around with the ingredients it’s this: Don’t let one bad experience keep you from tasting something amazing!
We’d love to hear how you enjoyed this recipe of butternut squash soup. If you’re a genius in the kitchen and make your own adjustments, let us know!