Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk
This vegan butternut squash soup is warm and comforting, and creamy made with coconut milk. Any winter squash – like calabaza, kabocha and buttercup – will do, as they all have dense flesh with a sweet, slightly nutty taste. The squash is cooked alongside mild leeks, vibrant ginger and warm cinnamon and nutmeg before being blended until smooth. We garnish the soup with shredded coconut and croutons for crunch, but you can also try topping the soup with toasted butternut squash seeds, ground cinnamon or chopped cilantro.
This recipe comes to us from Goya.
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Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 5 minutes
- 2 tbsp Goya extra virgin olive oil (or similar)
- 1 large leek, white and light green parts only, halved vertically and sliced
- 2 tbsp Goya recaito – cilantro cooking base (or similar)
- 1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated (about 1 tsp.)
- 6 cups water
- 1 large butternut squash (about 2¾ lbs.), peeled, seeded and cut into ¾” cubes (about 5½ cups)
- 1 medium sweet potato (about 6 oz.), peeled and cut into ¾” cubes
- 1 3/4 tsp GOYA Adobo All-Purpose Seasoning with Pepper, divided (or similar)
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 can (13.5 oz) Goya coconut milk (or similar)
- shredded, unsweetened coconut, optional, for garnish
- croutons, optional, for garnish
1. Heat oil in large, heavy pot over medium heat. Add leek. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. Add recaito and ginger. Cook, stirring, until recaito begins to bubble, about 30 seconds. Stir in water, butternut squash, sweet potato, 1 tsp. Adobo, cinnamon and nutmeg; bring water to boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until squash and sweet potato are very tender and begin to break down, about 25 minutes.
2.Carefully puree soup in batches in blender; return to rinsed pot set over medium heat. (Or, use submersion blender to puree soup until smooth). Stir in coconut milk and remaining Adobo; bring soup to boil then reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until soup thickens to cream-like consistency, about 15 minutes.
3. Serve soup with shredded coconut and croutons, if desired.