Mom’s Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Come fall and winter, there’s nothing better than a big bowl of hot soup. After just one spoonful, you instantly feel warmed to the bone and “hugged” from within. Especially with my tiny, blonde, yoga-loving mother 3000 miles away, I could definitely use the feeling of her hug now and then.

Instead, though, I have her regular calls, emails and shared recipes to cling to when she’s not in person for a real embrace. This butternut squash soup recipe was one she recently shared during one of our 30-minute “quick chats”, and since I had been craving a hearty, cozy soup, I knew I had to make it right away. After all, if your mom says it’s good, you KNOW it’s good.

Not only was this butternut squash soup good, it was very simple and only required a handful of the most basic, fresh ingredients. Plus, no heavy cream required and only 1 tbsp. of butter, so it’s not all that bad for you!

The aroma was something else: Fragrant, musky curry powder mixed with caramelized onions, butter and fresh ginger turned my little apartment into a sweet-smelling shangri-la. And, once the butternut squash joined the party, I could hardly help myself from dipping a finger right into the pot.

Topped with a swirl of sour cream, if you wish, or maybe some crispy cooked bacon and freshly grated Parmesan, this soup is one you’ll want on your list in the oncoming colder months!

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Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Yield: Serves 8


1 Tablespoon butter

1 cup chopped onions

1 teaspoon curry powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

3 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-1/2 in pieces (about 6 cups)

2 (14.5-oz.) cans chicken broth

2 cups water

3 teaspoons freshly grated ginger

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper

1/3 cup half-and-half or heavy cream

For topping (optional):

Crispy cooked bacon, crumbled

Chopped scallions

Grated Parmesan cheese

Sour cream or plain yogurt


Melt butter in a deep soup pot set to medium heat. Add onions and cook until caramelized, 7-8 minutes. Stir in curry powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne pepper toward the end; cook 1 minute, until fragrant. Stir in squash, broth, water, ginger, salt, and pepper. Increase heat to high, boil, then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes, until squash is tender.

Remove and puree squash mixture in batches (or blend in the pot with an immersion blender); transfer back to pot. Simmer for 20 minutes, adding more liquid to thin the soup if necessary. Just before serving, stir in half-and-half or cream.

If desired, top with crispy cooked bacon, scallions, Parmesan, and/or sour cream. Serve with salad and warm crusty bread.



30 Responses to “Mom’s Curried Butternut Squash Soup”

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    large cooking pot — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    I’m so love this blog, already bookmarked it! Thanks.

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    Ashley — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    I am totally obsessed with fall soups right now. Thanks for sharing! Your mom sounds fabulous by the way! :)

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    Liz Blogisthenewblack — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    I just made this soup this weekend! Well, a similiar one. And my post said the same thing- nothing better than a bowl of soup in this weather. Yours looks so tasty! :)

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    Tatiyana — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    Yum! I’m making this for dinner tomorrow night, it sounds absolutely divine!

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    Jennifurla — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    Oh yum, I just recently made a pumpkin soup with curry powder – I know this tastes great

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    Ai (candy apples) — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    Ohh this looks so yummy!! I LOVE that you put crispy bacon and parmesan :) Genius!!


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    Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    Confession time: I’ve always been intimidated by butternut squash! Are they hard to cut if you have a good knife? This looks so good!!

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    Monet — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    This made me miss my sweet mom! It is wonderful that even though we may live hundreds of miles apart from our mothers, we can still connect with them through conversation and food. This soup looks comforting and flavorful. Perfect for a fall evening. Thank you for sharing, love. May peace shower down!

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    Lauren — January 10, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    I love that this soup doesn’t call for heavy cream like so many soup recipes do. Bookmarked for a cold day!

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    Jenn's Food Journey — January 10, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    That looks so incredibly creamy and good! The perfect soup for a cold night! A little curry to give it a bit of a kick… YUM!!

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    I actually meant to mention that in the post – Thanks for reminding me. I hope you do try this soup on a cold day… It really warms you up!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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    Blackbookkitchendiaries — January 10, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    i woul love to make this for my family this holiday:) it sounds just delicious..thanks for sharing.

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    oneshotbeyond — January 10, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    I just had some butternut squash filled ravioli’s the other day and now I’ve been craving that amazing flavor! This soup looks so good.

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    Annalise — January 10, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    I had something very similar to this recipe last night for dinner! I LOVE all things butternut squash, and you just can’t beat a good hearty soup. The curry adds a nice flavor too. I also like to put a swirl of pesto in mine and top with parmesan. Delicious!

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    Great idea with the pesto! I always have some on hand, so I’ll have to try that next time. Thanks for stopping by, Annalise!

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    Katrina — January 10, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    This soup looks so tasty. Mmmm.

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    Baking Serendipity — January 10, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    Curry sounds like perfect kick to this soup! What a great meal to curl up with on a cool evening :)

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    Cakeduchess — January 10, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    I love butternut squash soup. Your recipe looks and sounds delightful. It’s fun to talk food with mom….now I do it with my little girl. Hope you are having a wonderful week Georgia.

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    LimeCake — January 10, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    Mmm this soup looks incredibly comforting. Love the vibrancy of the orange!

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    Deborah — January 10, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    I love butternut squash soup, and the curry makes is sound so comforting!

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    Marla {family fresh cooking} — January 10, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    This soup looks awesome & I am linking to it in my Thanksgiving Round-Up!!

  22. #
    Pam — January 10, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

    I am loving the flavors in this soup and it’s beautiful too!

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    Betty @ Scrambled hen fruit — January 10, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

    I’m so lucky to have my mom only an hour away. :) Two of my boys however live half way across the country, and one reason I started my own blog was to share recipes with them. That soup looks so healthful and delicious- it’s the perfect “virtual hug!”

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    Jessica @ bake me away! — January 10, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    Yum! I’ve been wanting to make something similar with pumpkin (surprise…). Love the squash and spices of fall! :)

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    Snsalzman — January 10, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    butternut squash soup is one of my favorites. i love the addition of curry powder. I will be making this.

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    Oh, Wendy, no need to be intimated about cutting the squash – it’s easy! Here’s a video of exactly how I did it:

    Just don’t put the peels down your garbage disposal, if you have one. I learned that the hard way and ended up with a stopped up sink!

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    Sarah P — December 24, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    I’m doing this tonight with goat cheese and maple bacon on top! So excites

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    Kelly @Free Spirit Food — February 2, 2012 @ 8:41 pm

    Yum, I love butternut squash and am currently addicted to soup! perfect!

  29. #
    butternut squash soup — May 9, 2012 @ 2:15 am

    Very yummy food is really good for us.
    very nutritious and very cheap to prepare.. :D

  30. #
    The Mersea Diet — June 1, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    Thanks for sharing your recipe..i will try to make it this night..

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