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Squash Carrot Soup – Orange and Yummy

ingredients for Butternut Squash Carrot Soup - with a leek
I’ve been making this butternut squash carrot soup a few times this fall. Learn more about its creation in the note at the bottom. If you are creative, you can serve it in a pumpkin along with a pea soup by its side. I didn’t do the pumpkin.

Squash Carrot Soup – Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash (or one half if quite large)
  • 4 -8 carrots, peeled and cut in circles
  • 1 leek
  • 1 small onion or 1/2 large onion
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil or coconut oil for sauteing the onion and leek
  • A few small leaves of fresh rosemary (optional)
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh ginger root (optional and recommended – I left it out because my daughter doesn’t care for fresh ginger, sigh)

Peel the butternut squash. If really large and you just soup for 4 people, you might consider using just half a squash. Cut in half, and pull out the seeds. Place in a pot; fill the pot with water to cover the squash. Let it cook. Meanwhile, slice and cut 4-8 carrots – even more if you have the energy. Note: this was originally a carrot soup alone – see note below. Add the carrot circles to the butternut squash with water that is cooking. Next: get a pan ready to saute the onion and leek. You can saute in olive oil or coconut oil – whatever you prefer. Chop the onion and leek finely first and add the oil to the pan. When the pan is hot (add an onion piece and watch it sizzle), add the onion bits, stir for a few minutes, and when the onion is tender, add the chopped leek. After sauteing for about 10 minutes, add the leek and onion to the pot with squash and carrots. Add the spices (allspice, cumin and ginger if using). Add a bit of chopped, fresh rosemary if using. Let the squash soup cook for about 1/2 hour. Then either use an immersion stick directly in the pot to blend the soup, or transfer the solid parts of the soup to a food processor, blend it and transfer back to the liquid. The advantage of the latter method is you can add less liquid if you want and have a thicker soup. I do the food processor method. Serve warm, although if you are quite hungry, it tastes OK room temperature, too. Enjoy!

butternut carrot squash soup

Note: this was originally just a carrot soup. My neighbor told me verbally how to make it. She had made it along with a pea soup, and she served the carrot soup along the pea soup in a pumpkin. Yes, each of us had our own pumpkin as a bowl. It was yummy – even my daughter ate it. So this soup developed because my daughter wanted a carrot soup. However, the carrots I had when I first made it were organic and thin. I would have had to have peeled at least 20 or 30 to get a substantial soup. So I changed it to a squash/carrot soup so it would stay orange. My first attempt had two leeks, not enough carrots, and turned green. Green is a fine color for a soup, but not a fitting color for a carrot soup.

Soup Reaction – What’s in Your Soup?

Have you ever made a similar soup? What ingredients did you put in? Did you use any particular cooking methods?

Tech notes: if you look at the bottom of this post, you will see a link for both the category for recipes and tags for other carrot recipes or carrot topic posts. If you click on the recipes category, you will see a list of clickable tags in all the recipe posts. Starting now, at the end of each post, I will attempt to write a little about blogging that might help some up-and-coming blogger out there.

Lorri M says

I like the photos! The one with the vegetables is lovely, complimenting the floral pattern that the bowl is resting on. The recipe is certainly easy enough, and the final product sounds delicious. I would use the ginger!

Thank you for sharing, but most of all, thank you for blogging! xo

Leora says

Thanks for the detailed compliments on the photos - I spent a fair amount of time on the top one; the bottom one I took quickly with my phone camera. I agree - I would prefer it with ginger!

Lorri M. says

i can tell that you put a lot of effort into the top photo! It is a beautiful capture!

Suzanne Fluhr says

I met someone for lunch today and we had butternut squash soup. It was great. Based on your ingredients, this one sounds good too. Thanks for sharing it.

Leora says

I made some more carrots, cooked them and mixed them up with what was left of the soup I had made on Monday. Still yummy. Thanks for commenting!

Susan Cooper says

The combination is a real winner. I think adding s bit of ginger is s very good idea. I love a good soup and look forward to giving this a try. BTW: you images are great - food photography is quite different, something I continually keep learning and improving.

Leora says

Susan, I enjoy food photography, though it is a struggle to get it just right. I liked your post a while back on how you set up a little set for photographing the food.

Jeannette Paladino says

Yum. Sound delicious. Another winner is carrot and parsnip soup, a favorite of my late husband. I love soups of all kinds but I'm lazy and mostly buy them but this looks like one I might try.

Leora says

Ah, parsnip! Yes, that would be a good ingredients if I happen to have them.

Ramblingwoods says

The top photo is really nice with the shadows... I would love this soup... Not hubby...

EG CameraGirl says

Suddenly I am very hungry for squash soup! This looks and sounds wonderful!! I'm a big fan of cumin.


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