This is a classic, cozy soup is made with warm, grounding ingredients.
The butternut squash is full of vitamins A and C – both supporting antioxidants for your skin and immune system.
The ginger, turmeric and garlic are anti-inflammatory and also support a strong immune system.
The crunchy garnish of pumpkin seeds add some zinc and protein.
Soup is meant to be savoured, so unwind, relax and take some time to be present when eating.
In a large soup pot, sauté the onion in the olive oil over medium low heat for five minutes. Add garlic, ginger, spices, sea salt and pepper and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the squash and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Stir in the vegetable broth, bring the soup to a boil and then simmer for about 15 minutes or until the squash is tender and can be pierced easily with a fork.
Turn the heat off the soup and puree with an immersion blender. If you don’t have an immersion blender, let the soup cool a bit and blend it in small batches in a blender then return it to the stove to heat.
Serve garnished with pumpkin seeds.
TIPS & NUTRITION
If you want a spicier soup – add a bit more red pepper flakes and/or paprika.
The pumpkin seeds add a delicious crunch and are a nutrient powerhouse.
One of the powerful ingredients in this soup is turmeric – it’s one of the most anti-inflammatory foods you can eat. Make sure you sprinkle in the black pepper as it helps you absorb the turmeric.
If you’re using an immersion blender the turmeric will stain it a bit yellow if it is white plastic.
Save time by using frozen or pre cut butternut squash.