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Paleo Butternut Squash Soup (Indian Style)

The crunchy condiments make this creamy butternut squash soup really shine!

Indian-Inspired Paleo Butternut Squash Soup | Whole30 recipe | dairy-free recipes |

I was sifting through my file of saved recipes and came across this butternut squash soup that I had taken from Ina Garten’s book, Back to Basics. I loved her condiment suggestions and skimmed the recipe to see what I would have to change to make it paleo.

You know what? IT ALREADY WAS.

It wasn’t intentional, I’m sure, but I figured any recipe from Ina Garten would have to be adapted, at least a little bit.

Ok, I did switch out her oil. I don’t roast anything with olive oil. But still. I was excited about this one, and left the recipe mostly as-is.

Oh, wait. She suggested putting… um…

are you ready for this?

BANANAS on the soup.

Even if I LIKED bananas, I’m not sure I’d want them on my soup. I don’t even like peeling them for my kids because then my HANDS smell like bananas. (I will eat them mashed up in baked goods or frozen and made into ice cream. That’s it, though.)

I think this lovely, curry-infused butternut squash soup is perfect without them, thankyouverymuch.

This soup comes together so easily and is very similar to the Apple-Cheddar Squash Soup I posted forever ago. The last time I made it I roasted the vegetables in the morning, and did the rest right before dinner. Super fast.

By the way, if you want my favorite recipes for homemade chicken stock or homemade curry powder, see the posts below!

Homemade Chicken Stock

Freshly Ground Curry Powder

By the way, if you’d rather use your Instant Pot to cook the squash, see my post on How to Cook Squash in an Instant Pot! (If it’s small enough you don’t even have to cut the squash in half.)

More Butternut Squash Soup Recipes

AND if you love this recipe, you’ll probably love the other butternut squash soup recipes on my site!

Apple-Squash Soup with Bacon

Roasted Butternut Squash, Carrot, and Ginger Soup

Azteca Squash Soup with Chorizo

If you make one of my recipes, be sure to post it on social media and tag me at @perrysplate or #perrysplate so I can send you some love!

Paleo Butternut Squash Soup (Indian Style)

Paleo Butternut Squash Soup (Indian Style)

Yield: Serves 4-5
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This quick little soup has a hint of Indian spices, but what really makes this soup shine are the garnishes on top -- sliced green onions, toasted coconut, and roasted cashews are a must!


For the Soup

  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 2 yellow onions
  • 2 apples, preferably sweet
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper


  • Thinly sliced green onions
  • Flaked coconut, lightly toasted (I've used both sweetened and unsweetened.)
  • Roasted, salted cashew pieces


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Peel the butternut squash, remove the seeds, and chop into 1-inch cubes. Peel and chop the onion into 1-inch cubes. Chop the apple into 1-inch cubes. (No, I don't peel them.)

Place all of the cubes in a large bowl and toss them with the coconut oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Divide the cubes on two rimmed baking sheets and spread evenly in a single layer. Roast for 35-45 minutes, tossing once or twice, until very tender.

Transfer the vegetables to a large pot and add the chicken broth. Add curry powder and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes. Blend using an immersion blender or work in batches using a regular blender. The soup should be smooth. Stir in white wine vinegar.

Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with condiments.

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Friday 4th of April 2014

Question: Why don't you roast anything with olive oil? Are you talking pure olive oil or extra virgin olive oil? Thanks!


Friday 4th of April 2014

You've read my mind!! I was craving butternut soup yesterday, so I was so pleasantly surprised to receive your recipe this morning! How do you do it? :)

Can't wait for dinner tonight!

Carol at Wild Goose Tea

Thursday 3rd of April 2014

Mmmmm bananas and squash soup. I am not too sure about that either and I love bananas. But APPLES in squash soup---Yay! That is a match made in heaven. I don't know what it is about squash soup, but it is sooooo satisfying. I think the addition of the apple and the curry would add even more to the satisfaction.

Natalie Perry

Thursday 3rd of April 2014

YES. The apples add just the right amount of sweetness. It's delicious!

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