Guest Post: Curried Butternut Squash Soup

This Curried Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup is brought to you by Amory!

I love curry and one of my favorite dishes is a homemade, super easy curried butternut squash and sweet potato soup. You can pretty much add anything you want or have left over to this soup and it will only make it taste better! I had beautiful leftover purple fingerling potatoes that I added to mine, but you can get creative with this one. It’s all about the goodness of curry!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 precut butternut squash halves
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • Handful of fingerling potatoes (optional)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of curry powder (depending on how much you like)
  • 1-2 cups of chicken broth or vegetable broth (enough to make the soup as thick or thin as you like)

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Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Cut the butternut squash and the sweet potato into medium size squares. (Optional: add whole fingerling potatoes to the pan as well, or cut to the same size as the squares of squash and potato)
  3. Place squash and potatoes on a baking sheet with a little olive oil and toss a bit to coat.
  4. Bake for about 30-35 minutes (until soft to the touch).
  5. Once soft, place the butternut squash and sweet potato squares into a food processor or blender with curry powder, chicken stock and rosemary.
  6. Bend until mixed and until it is the texture you desire, slight lumps or smooth.
  7. Toast some bread and serve on the side to dip.

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Facts about curry: Curry is a generic description used throughout Western culture to describe a wide variety of spiced dishes from India and/or Southern Asia. The most common spices used in curry are Turmeric, coriander and cumin. It is considered “the spice of life” because eating curry may be associated with many health benefits. Throughout history turmeric, which is the main component of curry, has been used as an antiseptic to treat damaged skin like cut and burns. Research is also showing that curry may act as an anti-inflammatory agent to help with arthritis and joint pain as well as promote neurological health. In India where curry is used all the time, the rates of Alzheimer’s are about four times lower than in the US. Other health benefits of curry include protection against heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and some types of cancer.

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Amory is a junior at Simmons College in Boston majoring in Nutrition and interning with Janel. She is busy student but always has one thing on her mind: food. With such a strong love for food and eating, she enjoys seeking out new foods, trying different dishes and cooking fun and healthy meals when she has the chance. Besides eating, Amory loves traveling, being active and is addicted to fashion magazines and thrift store shopping!

3 Comments

  1. Posted March 11, 2011 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    I love the better than boullion soup base. I used to buy vegetable stock by the cartons; this is so much easier and less packaging I have to throw away!

  2. Posted March 11, 2011 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    Yes, Amory turmeric is very healthy, I sprinkle it on many things, but have to have creative meals like this to really use the stuff… Tnx Warren

  3. Posted March 12, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Curry and butternut squash go so well together. Yum, delicious sounds soup!

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