Serves 4

If you can't find frozen pureed squash, you can cook this soup with 4 cups cubed butternut squash. Just add 5 extra minutes to the cooking time in step 2.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add curry paste, garlic, and ginger; sauté 45 seconds, stirring constantly.

Step 2

Add broth and next 5 ingredients (through salt); cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Place half of squash mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining squash mixture. Spoon about 1 cup soup into each of 4 bowls; top with 2 tablespoons peanuts and 1 tablespoon cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

One of my favorites

January 15, 2016
This is an excellent recipe but I did make some modifications based on our preference for spicy.  I also used what I had in my pantry for minor substitutions.  I used fresh squash, cubed and roasted in 450 degree   for 35 minutes.  While squash roasted I sauteed the onions.  I also used double the spices and seasonings. Use good quality coconut milk; I prefer full fat


October 27, 2015
One of my favorite Cooking Light recipes!  Don't skip the toppings - they make it!  I had trouble finding the pureed butternut squash, so I used cubed, fresh squash, steamed it, and then added to soup to simmer and hit it with my immersion blender. 


July 12, 2015
Such a disappointment. I followed the recipe, (minus the blender part), exactly. I think fresh squash is best, because I used frozen pureed, as suggested, and it was SUPER watery. Everything was watered down and tasteless. :(  Essentially, inedible.

Delicious - a hit at Thanksgiving party

March 15, 2015
I peeled, cubed, and steamed butternut squash then mashed it with a potato masher before adding it to the other ingredients and it worked well.  I ran a stick blender through it after I took it off the heat. This soup has a really wonderful texture and a nice combination of spices. 

combatTVgirl's Review

December 01, 2014
Outstanding. A wonderful, complex combination of flavors. The spice is just enough. The lime juice and cilantro are essential, don't leave it out. We have a peanut allergy in the house so we used cashews as a topping instead of peanuts, which was still very good. We gobbled this up and had seconds, it was awesome. Will definitely make it again.

cdsteers's Review

November 19, 2014
Love this soup. I bought a butternut squash and roasted it in the oven with a little olive oil and s&p. Makes a big difference in the flavor. Definitely add the peanuts.

dolama's Review

November 11, 2014
outstanding. I used the four cups of chopped butternut squash and it worked out really well. It just took a bit longer to cook than the recommended extra five minutes. I actually did not add the coconut milk until after the squash was soft. Then added it and let it simmer for about 10 minutes more. Pureed with my immersion blender. Terrific!

Saltygal's Review

October 14, 2014

stellacorona's Review

September 20, 2014
awesome soup! used more of all the spices. mixed tubed cilantro and the lime juice in with it while cooking. served with sunflower seeds, but i liked it better without. had exactly 4 cups from my squash. so creamy! i read to microwave the squash with punctures in the bulb part for 3 min intervals at power 7……it cooked fine, but getting the skin off was difficult. will go back to my "cutting and deseeding first" way next time.

joanmcdev's Review

July 29, 2014