Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Lentil Squash Soup

A week ago, our friends E +P threw a friend Thanksgiving dinner at their house.  The temperatures outside were cold, and my body was craving soup.  I remembered back to this soup I created last year, first for my friends in New Orleans, then at home for Josh.  I remember it being creamy and hearty, which seemed perfect for the occasion.

This recipe is similar to the one before, but I have added a few things to bring out more flavor.  I've also made it a larger batch, which would be perfect for a big holiday gathering.  If you're just cooking for two or less, you can halve the recipe.

Lentil Squash Soup


  • 1 1/2 red onion, diced small
  • 1 tbs ginger root, about the size of your thumb, peeled
  • 2 medium sized butternut squash, skinned and cut into cubes
  • 2 tbs EVOO
  • 1 pinch salt + 1 1/2 tsp
  • 3 (32 oz) containers of vegetable stock
  • 2 tbs fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 2 cans of full fat coconut milk
  • fresh pepper to taste
  1. Dice and peel vegetables and set aside.
  2. Heat a large sauce pot over medium/high heat.
  3. Add oil and let heat up for 15 seconds.
  4. Add onion and a pinch of salt and saute for 5 - 6 minutes.
  5. Pour in vegetable stock and add in butternut squash.
  6. Bring to a boil.
  7. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  8. After 20 minutes, add lentils and cook for another 20 minutes.
  9. Add thyme and coconut milk and cook down for 10 minutes.
  10. Add in salt and fresh cracked pepper.
  11. Let cool for 10 minutes off heat before serving.

The soup got rave reviews at the party, and it's definitely something I will be making again.  It really screams winter to me.  The flavors are simple, but they come together to create a very tasty dish.  You can serve it with a side salad, and it would be a perfect meal.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and loving holiday, if you are celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow.  I'll be back with something sweet for you! 


  1. Ooh, I love a good lentil soup. I wish butternut squash wasn't such a bitch to cut up, but I finally found pre-cut squash at Kroger. The one by my house didn't carry it for so long, but they have it now. So I'll probably be lazy forever and buy that instead.

    1. It is a bitch to cut! You need a good peeler and a strong knife, for sure. I would keep going with the pre-cut if you can get it.

  2. So yummy! I wish I had more right now!

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