Jalapeño-Ginger Butternut Squash Soup

When I first came across this recipe, I was intrigued by the ingredients. Never would I have thought to add jalapenos and ginger to a butternut squash dish. It seemed so odd, and yet so delicious as well. This weekend, the weather began feeling a bit more… autumnal. So I used this wonderful weather as an excuse to try out this recipe. I altered the original recipe a bit, but you can find the original here.


Ingredients (makes about 8 servings):
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons grated ginger
1 jalapeño chile, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
4 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cut into 2-in. cubes
3 cups water
3 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/4 cup coconut milk, plus more for serving
I’ve attempted to peel and cube butternut squash in the past. And it is absolutely not worth it. It takes forever and never seems to yield as much as you think it will. So I wimped out at bought the pre-packaged pre-chopped stuff. And I am so happy I did. I ended up using 3 20 oz containers of the butternut squash.
Begin by chopping your garlic and jalapeno and grating your ginger.
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over high heat. Add the garlic, ginger and jalapeno and cook stirring constantly for 1 or 2 minutes.
Add the cayenne pepper and cook for another 30 seconds, stirring.
Add the squash, chicken broth, brown sugar, and 3 cups water.
Bring to a boil and lower the heat to a simmer. Cook for about 20 minutes or until the squash is fork tender.
Add about 1/3 of the soup to a blender. Remove the top middle piece of the blender top to allow hot air to escape. Place a paper towel over the opening and puree until smooth. Add to a large bowl. Repeat with remaining soup.
Be very very careful doing this! I managed to burn my hand pretty badly when removing the top off the blender. Ouch!

Stir in the coconut milk and serve. I added a tiny bit more of the coconut milk on top of a poured serving and swirled it.

This was a surprisingly tasty soup. The smooth texture is really nice and the butternut squash taste shines through, with a hint of coconut milk. There is a very slight heat at the end from the jalapeno and cayenne, but is definitely not spicy. I honestly couldn’t taste much of the ginger, so next time I might add a bit more. This soup can also be frozen so I look forward to enjoying it in the colder months, but it only took maybe 40 minutes from start to finish so this can easily be made on a weeknight.


  1. says

    The soup looks fantastic. I was just at the store looking for butternut squash yesterday and couldn’t find enough for what I needed and ended up buying frozen stuff. Good to know I’m saving myself the stress by not doing it myself lol.

  2. says

    Oh, your poor hand. Ouch indeed! On a happier note, this is an absolutley beautiful, elegant soup and your selection of ingredients is exquisite. I hope you heal quickly.

  3. says

    The soup sounds delicious and I LOVE the idea of the jalapeno in it. I’m SO sorry about your hand, tho…..I hope it’s feeling better now.

  4. says

    I just made this tonight and it was good but wowza was it hot! As I read the instructions I almost didn’t add the 1/4 tsp cayenne thinking the jalapeno would be spicy enough on its own (and yes, I seeded it!) but went per the recipe and it definitely a lot of heat. This is coming from someone that can tolerate quite a bit. Also, my ginger was very distinct and I’d actually tone it down in the future. I roasted my butternut squash instead of boiling, too. Guess with vegetables being natural and each one different you may consider adjusting this to your own taste!

  5. says

    Yowzas! That looks like it hurts! Hope it gets better soon!

    Your soup looks amazing! Thank you so much for sharing it, that swirl makes such a pretty picture!

  6. says

    Ouch! That looks like a nasty burn, hope it heals quick! At least you had a delicious soup to enjoy to take some of the pain away ;)! Your soup sounds wonderful! I love anything squash and the spices are a nice addition!


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