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Two bowls of ginger turmeric squash soup with toasted seeds and a bread roll

Ginger Turmeric Squash Soup with Curry-Roasted Seeds

This warming, easy-to-make soup is perfect for sustaining you through winter, and for making big batches of to save for later! Plus, the curry-roasted seeds and squash chips add wonderful texture to this silky-smooth soup.
Course Entree, Soup
Cuisine Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Plant-based, Soy-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword ginger, squash, turmeric
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Author Jackie Sobon of Vegan Yack Attack


  • Sheet pan
  • Soup pot


  • Spray cooking oil
  • 2 pounds (907 g) whole acorn or butternut squash
  • 1 teaspoon yellow curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt divided
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) sunflower oil
  • 1 1/2 cups (187 g) chopped yellow onion
  • 1/2 pound (227 g) sweet potato peeled and chopped
  • 1 gala apple cored and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon (8 g) fresh, grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Dash of ground cayenne optional
  • 3 cups (710 ml) vegetable broth
  • 1-1 1/2 cups full-fat coconut milk
  • 2-3 tablespoons (30-45 ml) lemon or lime juice
  • 1/2-3/4 teaspoon salt or to taste


  • Preheat oven to 375F, and spray a large baking sheet with a light coat of spray cooking oil. Cut top 1-inch (2.5 cm) off of the squash, then scoop all of the seeds out of it, cleaning them off and spreading them out on a paper towel to dry slightly.
  • Cut the top part of the squash into 3 "pie wedges", then those into very thin slices with a mandoline or sharp knife. Lay the pieces over the baking sheet, leaving room in the center for the seeds. Once seeds are also in a single layer, spray everything with cooking oil. Then, shake curry seasoning, onion powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt over the squash/seeds.
  • Place sheet in the oven for 20 minutes, (meanwhile work on soup), after 20 minutes, remove seeds and set them aside to cool, then flip all squash pieces and roast them for 20 more minutes, or until they start to brown. Once done, place on cooling rack.
  • For the soup, peel the remainder of the squash (just the easy-to-get parts), and chop it. In a large pot, warm the sunflower oil over medium heat. Once hot, add squash, onion, and sweet potato to the pot, sauteing for 7 minutes.
  • Add apple, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, and cayenne to the pot, sauteing mixture for 3 minutes, then add in vegetable broth, cover with lid, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, adjust heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes, or until veggies are fork-tender.
  • Puree the soup ingredients either with an immersion blender, or carefully in batches, in a blender. Once completely smooth, stir in coconut milk, using as much or as little as preferred. Season soup with lemon juice and remaining salt, to taste and serve while hot, topped with seeds and squash chips. Or let it cool to room temperature and store with FoodSaver for later!