Butternut Squash Lentil Soup

A Few Words…

I’m so glad that I like to keep a butternut squash on my kitchen counter, otherwise, I may never have found this recipe. While looking for a red lentil soup recipe I came across ‘Running on Real Food’ – a plant based food blog created by Deryn that has wonderful and easy recipes!

This hearty soup is rich in fibre and delicious in taste. I like to purée a bit of my soups and then add it back to the chunky base, but I didn’t for this batch. Not everyone in my family (my husband Charles) is crazy about butternut squash so I puréed most of the soup. Out of sight meant that the soup was eaten and thoroughly enjoyed!

Butternut Squash Lentil Soup



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Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 tbs. vegetable broth (I used 2 tbs. olive oil)
  • 1 medium white onion, about 2 cups diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 rib celery, chopped, about 1/2 cup
  • 2 tsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 cup uncooked red lentils (I used whole red lentils)
  • 3 cups cubed butternut squash (approximately 1/2 of a large butternut squash)
  • 1 cup light or full-fat coconut milk (I used light coconut milk)
  • 1 x 28 oz can diced tomatoes (I used a can of San Marzano tomatoes that I chopped)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth

Directions:

Add the onion, garlic and celery to a large soup pot with 2-3 tbs. of vegetable broth or olive oil. Cook over medium-high heat for 7-8 minutes until softened and fragrant. If using broth, if the pot dries out, then add a few more splashes of broth. Add the curry powder and cumin, stir and cook for 2-3 more minutes.

Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, uncovered for about 30 minutes until the butternut squash and lentils are tender.

Carefully scoop out 2 cups of the soup and use a hand immersion blender to purée, and then put back in the pot.

Enjoy right away or store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Freezes well too!

Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes, until the top has browned. Spoon into small bowls and top with your favorite frozen ice cream/ yogurt/sherbet.

Enjoy!!