Spicy Squash Soup Recipe

Spicy Squash Soup Recipe

How To Make Spicy Squash Soup

This squash soup is rich, spicy, and very comforting. It’s teeming with various herbs and spices and can be eaten anytime with bread or a salad.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes



For Soup:

  • 1acorn squash,large, halved and seeds scooped out
  • 2tbspolive oil
  • 1shallot,finely chopped
  • 1clovegarlic,pressed or minced
  • 1cuppumpkin puree
  • 1tspsalt,plus more, to taste
  • 1tspancho chile powder,or regular chile powder
  • 1tspground cumin
  • ½tspdried oregano
  • ¼tspground coriander
  • ground cloves,small pinch
  • 3cupsvegetable broth,or water
  • ½lemon,juice

For Garnishes:

  • ¼cuppepitas,green pumpkin seeds
  • ½tspolive oil
  • ¼tspancho chile powder,or regular chile powder
  • ¼tspground cumin
  • pinchground coriander
  • salt,to taste
  • 3tbspcrème fraîche,optional, replace with a tiny splash of olive oil for vegan/dairy-free soup



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the squash, cut sides down, on the baking sheet and roast for about 30 minutes, or until mostly tender.

  2. Let the squash cool for a few minutes, then scoop the flesh into a small bowl and discard the skin.

  3. In a medium pot or Dutch oven, warm the oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add the shallot and cook for about 2 minutes until softened.

  4. Add the garlic, reserved squash, pumpkin, 1 teaspoon salt, chile powder, cumin, oregano, coriander and cloves. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the spices are fragrant.

  5. Pour in the vegetable broth or water and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the squash is completely softened.

  6. Using an immersion blender, blend the soup for about 30 seconds to 1 minute until smooth.

  7. Return the soup to the pot and set it over low heat to keep it warm. Taste the soup and add more salt until the spices really sing, around ½ teaspoon for vegetable broth or 1 teaspoon if you used water.


  1. In a small skillet over medium heat, add the pepitas, olive oil, chile powder, cumin, coriander and a pinch of salt. Toss to combine and toast for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the pepitas’ edges are turning lightly golden brown.

  2. Divide the soup among bowls and drizzle a bit of crème fraîche or olive oil on top. Top with a sprinkle of pepitas and serve.


  • Calories: 220.24kcal
  • Fat: 14.13g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.06g
  • Trans Fat: 0.01g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 7.51g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.56g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.70g
  • Fiber: 6.19g
  • Sugar: 3.96g
  • Protein: 5.05g
  • Cholesterol: 5.46mg
  • Sodium: 910.95mg
  • Calcium: 113.51mg
  • Potassium: 708.25mg
  • Iron: 3.60mg
  • Vitamin A: 533.49µg
  • Vitamin C: 20.88mg
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