Butternut squash quinoa soup is great comfort food, and is our version of squash (pumpkin) soup, so well-loved around the world. We roast butternut squash with garlic, cumin and honey and then use this as the base for the soup. Topped with a garnish of spiced quinoa, the soup takes on a bit of crunch and a slight heat. If you enjoy butternut squash soup, try this recipe for some real international flair. The soup can be prepared in advance so it is just a matter of heating it up when you are ready to enjoy it.
Pumpkin is a very popular vegetable in Melbourne. Not just during the autumn.
Have a wander around Melbourne streets to investigate what the city has to offer. And then come home and prepare this butternut squash soup. A soup with some attitude.
A great recipe for autumn/fall and winter, it’s easy to make, easy on the pocket, filling, tasty and healthy. What more do you want?
There are many different squash varieties available with the most popular being grey, butternut (our recommendation for this recipe) and Japanese. Squash is also very affordable being one of the cheaper vegetables you can buy. Squash doesn’t have a strong flavor and has a creamy-like texture so it goes with many different meats, vegetables, pulses, nuts and herbs. Squash provides great color to anything it is added to. It also has a longer “shelf life” than most vegetables and doesn’t take long to cook.
Squash (or pumpkin as they are known in Australia) are very popular in Melbourne and Australia. Paying homage to its old English heritage, in Melbourne the traditional Sunday lunch-time roast whether it be beef, lamb, chicken or pork is still extremely popular. Along with potatoes, squash is a favorite vegetable to add to the roasting pan. My first memories of eating squash are with the Sunday roast, which we had every week!
Squash: a Multi-Cultural Vegetable
But Melbourne is a more multi-cultural place than when I grew up. Squash is a very popular ingredient in Indian food as well as middle-eastern foods, both of which are common and well-loved in Melbourne.
Indeed, this recipe is a real fusion of many different tastes and cultures. There is a little bit of the Middle East, India and Peru in this dish. And that sums up Melbourne cuisine, multi-cultural. It has been very interesting to watch the slow and steady rise of southern European, Asian and now Middle Eastern cuisines gain in popularity so that they are now on an equal footing if not more influential, than the traditional meat and three veg so common in the 1950’s and 60’s.
The great winner in all of this is the general public with so much more choice now available for selecting restaurants and cooking at home. With these ingredients now so readily available from markets and the internet making it so easy to find out information about other cuisines, there has never been a better time than now to be a curious cook.
So celebrate the multi-cultural world we live in and make this seasoned, butternut squash quinoa soup. You will enjoy it and impress your family and friends.
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More Winter Warmer Soup Options
Fancy some other soups to try from around the world that are perfect for winter. Try these ones:
Do you like some spice in your diet? If so, either of these two classic, South East Asian soups fit the the bill. Thailand’s Tom Yum Soup and Vietnam’s Beef Noodle Pho are popular everywhere around the world.
Another popular soup to make is Black Bean Soup. Our versions hails from Guatemala, with a great garnish that will be popular with all of your family.