Vaduvan Butternut Squash Soup

I looooove making big batches of healthy soups and then freezing them in individual containers to have at lunch all throughout the cold months.  However, the same flavors over and over again can get a little boring after a while, which is when I consult my trusty spice rack (wall actually but that’s another story).  Butternut squash is perfect in soups as it gets super smooth and velvety when pureed without a lot of fat or cream.  I have my standard roasted butternut squash soup but again that can get boring after a while.  I decided to experiment with vaduvan, one of my favorite spices, and it totally perked up the squash.  I have used this spice before in my carrot with vaduvan yogurt sauce so hopefully you already have it in your collection.  If not they sell it at Hill’s Kitchen in DC or plenty of places online.  Vaduvan is a milder, more complex in my opinion, version of curry powder.  I find that curried butternut squash soup only tastes like curry but the vaduvan really lets the squash and other flavors come through.  I also used apple cider which is always in my fridge come fall to add a hint of sweetness to the soup.  Lastly I incorporated some greek yogurt to balance out that sweetness with some tang – you could also just add a dollop to the soup right before you serve it.  This soup freezes beautifully so make up a big batch this weekend and you can enjoy it for the rest of fall.

Vaduvan Butternut Squash Soup (printable version at the end of the post)

Inspiration:
Special Equipment:  blender (immersion preferably)

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 2 1/2 pound cubed butternut squash
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vaduvan
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 5 ounces non fat plain greek yogurt

In a large stock pot or dutch oven heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onions and garlic, season with salt and pepper and cook for 5 to 7 minutes until the onions have softened but not browned.

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Add the squash cubes and mix thoroughly to combine.  Cook for another 3 minutes.  Add the vaudvan spice, again mix to combine and cook for another 2 minutes.

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Add the chicken stock and cider to the pot and bring to a boil.  Lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, until the squash is tender.

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Using an immersion blender (or carefully transferring to a stand blender) puree the soup until smooth (add water if the consistency is too thick).

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Season with salt and pepper and add the yogurt, then puree again until the yogurt is totally incorporated.  Serve right away, store in the fridge for several days or freeze for several months.

Vaduvan Butternut Squash Soup

  • Servings: 10 cups
  • Time: 40 minutes
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Special Equipment:  blender (immersion preferably)

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 2 1/2 pound cubed butternut squash
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vaduvan
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 5 ounces non fat plain greek yogurt

In a large stock pot or dutch oven heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onions and garlic, season with salt and pepper and cook for 5 to 7 minutes until the onions have softened but not browned.  Add the squash cubes and mix thoroughly to combine.  Cook for another 3 minutes.  Add the vaudvan spice, again mix to combine and cook for another 2 minutes.  Add the chicken stock and cider to the pot and bring to a boil.  Lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, until the squash is tender.  Using an immersion blender (or carefully transferring to a stand blender) puree the soup until smooth (add water if the consistency is too thick).  Season with salt and pepper and add the yogurt, then puree again until the yogurt is totally incorporated.  Serve right away, store in the fridge for several days or freeze for several months.

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