Visiting a Pumpkin Patch makes me think of making Soup

Today we went a pumpkin patch. So many pumpkins in one place! The weather is getting gentler, the sun milder and a little more kind. Why not make some soup?


“Are these pumpkins good for soup.” I asked the handsome pumpkin man.

“Not really,” he replied. “ They are mainly used to make Jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween. Too big to cook”

“Pity, they look luscious”

He saw the consternation on my face.

“Ma’am, just to go the supermarket and get a butternut squash. It is delicious and so much easier to peel”.

He said this with the biggest smile on his face. I smiled back, walked away and went to get me a butternut squash.

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Butternut Squash Soup


  • 1½ pound butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 apple, peeled and cubed
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Coconut Relish:

  • ¼ cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • ¼ cup minced parsley
  • 2 tablespoons minced jalapeño
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice



  1. Peel the squash, remove the seeds, and cut into 1-inch chunks. Set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat and add the onion. Saute about 5 minutes until beginning to brown.
  3. Add garlic , salt, curry, and squash and ½ cup water.
  4. Cover tightly and reduce heat to medium. Cook 15 minutes until squash is tender
  5. Add apples and cook, covered, another 5 minutes.
  6. Add half the stock and puree the soup. Add remaining stock and reheat until steaming.
  7. While the soup heats, combine all relish ingredients in a small bowl.
  8. Serve soup with a spoonful of relish on top.


Squash can be roasted in the oven and then scooped out into the pot instead.

Soup can be made a few days ahead of time and reheated when ready to serve. Relish can be made up to one day ahead of time.

This video by Hilal Johnson shows a step-by-step preparation. She is funny too.

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