oh yum - butternut squash soup*

i know, 2 posts in 2 days.  what's gotten into me?
thank you for all the lovely happy anniversary wishes, we had a beautiful day in the desert.
my dress got lots of attention.  it's one of those things you either love or hate.
it pretty much got lots of love yesterday.

so now on to todays post...
a big thank you to my friend noelle who told me about this recipe.
here is the original from dr. oz.
it just so happens that they are practically giving butternut squash away this time of year.
this soup is full of protein, vitamins and antioxidants.
the next day i thinned it with some vegetable broth and added leftover brown rice.  delish.
i made a couple of changes so here is my recipe

in a soup pot...

saute 1 t olive oil with
1 t curry powder for 1 minute
1 small diced onion
1 small yellow or red bell pepper
1 can rinsed and drained garbanzo beans
2 c rough chopped or diced butternut squash
3-4 c vegetable broth

simmer until squash is soft (about 30 minutes)
blend until smooth being careful to not overfill blender
garnish with red pepper flakes

*enjoy knowing that no animals were harmed making this thick, heart-warming soup,



  1. Happy Anniversary. My Reading List is failing me. I'm missing lots of stuff lately.

    This sounds great. I love butternut squash and chick peas and peppers is different twist. Love curry too. I thought you didn't.

  2. i don't really love curry that's why i altered the recipe. if you love curry then maybe you should follow his recipe. either way i'm sure it will be delicious.

  3. Hey,

    Didn`t get your other post, just the soup one.


  4. Soup looks delish! I really love the use of simple ingredients - I'll be trying this one soon. Thanks!

  5. sue that was a mistake on my part. i hit the wrong button on a post that isn't finished. sorry about that.

  6. It just so happens I picked up some squash yesterday while I was being inspired and admiring the produce aisle at the store yesterday...coincidence? :)

    Suppose I could substitute white beans...I'm not a fan of garbanzo but I do LOVE squash soup.

    Glad you had a lovely day. xo

  7. This is perfect timing Janet as my veg box arrived with two butternuts today. I know what to do with them now!

  8. I love butternut squash soup and this sounds like a delicious version. Thanks.

  9. This sounds great, I'm no curry lover either.

  10. I love butternut squash but sadly, my hubby does not. :(

    However, I could always make some soup for my daughter and I... It sounds and looks delish!


  11. I could live on soup and that dress in your previous post is ravishing on you.

  12. It's soup weather here and this one looks yummy.
    Lovely colour and it looks thick like a rich bisque.

    Happy about the back to back posts too :)

  13. I was enjoying your post--it just thrills me when I see it pop up in my in-box--and thinking about what makes your blog so special. Looking at your subtitle (don't know the official blogging term) of "simplicity, vegan cooking, gardening and style" and thought of how well you stick to your themes. Your simplicity is inspiring and your cooking makes me drool (and I find it encouraging as well--trying to steer my family away from so much meat). Your gardening makes me happy I can simply keep a rosemary plant alive in southern Ontario over the winter and your style makes me so happy it makes me want to shout Woohoo!

    Your hair is as gorgeous as Anna Wintour's but so much more lovely on you because of your smile and lack of pretense. Your lithe figure reminds me that I too can control my eating and be healthy and fit. The joyful simplicity of your home puts all those design magazine homes to shame.

    I know--why didn't I just write a sonnet and send you a dozen flowers?

    Hope you had a great anniversary! Thanks for sharing your life with us!

  14. Dear Janet, I never thought of adding chickpeas and brown rice to pumpkin soup - what an excellent idea! We are currently in Virginia visiting many places I have only read about or seen on TV but as soon as we get home, Autumn will be in full swing and this soup with some homemade bread will be quite perfect. I will keep the brown rice bit a secret and see if my girls notice! love Lindaxxx

  15. Happy Belated Anniversary, Janet. Hope you had a wonderful day in Palm Springs. We have had terrific weather lately! I'll have to try your soup soon; my former favorite butternut squash soup had dairy and bacon in it so this will be a good replacement for my new vegan lifestyle! :o)

    Oh, and Jack White alert! He'll be on Saturday Night Live this coming Saturday, March 3rd as musical guest.

    Mary in Calimesa

  16. Always good to see your posts pop up in my side bar, the more the better!
    That soup looks delicious! x

  17. Wow - I have made butternut squash soup but now I'm going to make it adding the garbanzos and the curry! fabulous! thank you.

  18. So glad you had such a wonderful day for your anniversary. The soup looks delicious and I love soups, I can have a bowl anytime of the year. I may give it a try, thanks for the recipe!

  19. Janet, this looks really good. I just love your blog. I look at it everyday just to see if you have posted something new.

  20. when our friend pve says i should meet you... then i do what she tells me! so here i am... delighted to meet you... i am pam robinson... and i will look forward to following along... to your nutritious meals, clothing purges and good humor! xx

  21. Couldn't miss your dress - you did post FIVE pictures of it.

  22. This looks absolutely delicious! I'm going to try to make it this coming week. Thanks for sharing the recipe! :)

  23. I'm going to try this. We still have squash from last year's garden to eat, and so many of these recipes take dairy it was hard to find one to try. Will be using yours, as I'm not that big on curry. I keep thinking ginger would be a good option as well, don't know why.

    Love your blog even if I hardly ever comment.

  24. I posted this on my blog for the recipe of the week--delicious! Thank you for sharing.

  25. This looks and sounds -- yummy!!!
    Here in Canada we get squashed out, pretty much from late Sep to Jan - so will try it with sweet potatoes instead. I just scored a bag of small fresh ones from California - Organic Bako sweets, and will add zest of Sweet Meyer Lemons, also from California - and they smell heavenly.
    I loved your picture in your dress in front of the orange tree - eyecatching as your dress is, the tree is a feast to anyone in the frozen north in March.
    There your post focussed me on food and soul food, all at the same time - thankyou!!!


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