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Spicy Ginger Squash Soup

Ginger is used in Peru mainly for the Peruvian Chinese food. This delicious – and I mean delicious! – soup allowed me to play with several types of ginger. 

Spicy Squash Ginger SoupSpicy Ginger Squash Soup


2 pounds of winter squash (pumpkin, zapallo, butternut, etc) peeled and cubed
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 cup of chopped onion
3 tablespoons of chopped uncrystallized ginger
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
2 tablespoons of minced fresh ginger
3 cups of vegetable broth
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
2 tablespoons of evaporated milk
1/4 cup of thinly sliced green onions
4 teaspoons of chopped peanuts


    1. Preheat oven to 375F. Combine squash and olive oil in a baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for about 45 minutes or until the squash is softened. Remove and cool slightly.
    2. Coat a large pot with cooking spray and sauté onion until it is softened. Place onion, squash, gingers and 1 cup of the broth in a blender; process until smooth. Return squash mixture to pan. Stir in the rest of the broth, cayenne pepper and the salt; simmer for about 5 minutes.
    3. Stir in peanut butter and milk, cook for one more minute or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle green onions and chopped peanuts into individual bowls before serving.

Yield: Serves 4

Source: Adapted from Cooking Light


17 Responses to “Spicy Ginger Squash Soup”

  1. Hi Gretchen, I am definitely in the ginger lovers camp, so this sounds great. I also like butternut squash, so this is perfect!

    Posted by Cakelaw | March 19, 2008, 8:24 am
  2. I also love ginger – and I did consider a peruvian soup for NCR, but got sidetracked!This has just risen really quickly up my must-cook list – thanks for posting. Your photographs are gorgeous too – and I love the garnish.

    Posted by kittie | March 19, 2008, 9:08 am
  3. Three kinds of ginger, wow! Love the peanuts on top. Beautiful presentation and photos!

    Posted by Karen | March 19, 2008, 10:13 am
  4. This soup looks really intriquing! I love the combination of the 3 gingers and peanuts. I will definitely be trying this one! And you can feed me a spicy, sweet ginger dessert anytime. Love them! ;)

    Posted by StickyGooeyCreamyChewy | March 19, 2008, 10:51 am
  5. That’s really funny about us making squash soup at the same time, lol. I will have to try it your way next time! I love seeing how other people interpret familiar foods! :)

    Posted by Irene | March 19, 2008, 12:20 pm
  6. I love ginger in everything too! It’s a new phase I’m going through. Thanks for sharing ! And please do keep sharing your different ginger kitchen experiments!

    Posted by estefani | March 19, 2008, 1:17 pm
  7. Peruvians have their version of Chinese food, huh? Interesting! This sounds really good to me. I love to incorporate peanut butter into soups too.

    Posted by RecipeGirl | March 19, 2008, 2:46 pm
  8. This remains one of my go-to soups, Gretchen. I make it regularly, though my presentation pales in comparison to yours. :)

    Posted by Susan from Food Blogga | March 19, 2008, 4:44 pm
  9. I’m surprised that ginger isn’t used more in Peruvian cooking — it pairs so well with sweet potatoes and all of the squashes. This soup is one of my winter favorites.

    Posted by Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) | March 19, 2008, 6:41 pm
  10. I love the touch of peanut butter here – I will have to remember to try that in my next batch of butternut soup!

    Posted by Cara | March 19, 2008, 8:44 pm
  11. Love, love, love squash soup and if it has a little ginge kick it must be delicious!

    Posted by Aran | March 20, 2008, 5:50 am
  12. Talk about the perfect post!I just found a bit of crystallized ginger left from something or other…and I have squash in the freezer. Soup, it is!

    Posted by katiez | March 20, 2008, 7:55 am
  13. I love ginger in squash dishes. The peanuts sound delicious on top of this spicy soup!

    Posted by Suzana | March 20, 2008, 1:53 pm
  14. Terrific plating, Gretchen. And, hey, anything with multiple forms of ginger is great with me! By the way, what is “uncrystallized ginger”?

    Posted by Laurie Constantino | March 21, 2008, 4:38 am
  15. this looks wonderful. i don’t understand people who don’t like ginger! ;)

    Posted by Jaime | March 22, 2008, 3:03 pm
  16. I glanced at the soup round up earlier and your photo caught my eye! Great presentation. I love ginger in regular food/cooking but not sure I can accept into all or a lot of my baking. I made a pear ginger bread that was extremely ginger-y recently!

    Posted by eatme_delicious | March 23, 2008, 6:31 pm
  17. Cakelaw – Hope you try this, it was delicious!
    Kittie – Thanks so much!
    Karen – Thank you!
    SGCC – Glad you like ginger desserts!
    Irene – Good to know you enjoy soups like this one!
    Estefani – There are plenty more ginger idea around here to share!
    Recipe Girl – oh yes, chifa is much different that “chinese food”.
    Susan – Ha! Thanks!
    Lydia – Yes, ginger is limited to a few dishes and all of the Peruvian Chinese food.
    Cara – You certainly should try it, it is delicious!
    Aran – It was more then delicious!
    Katie – Hope you were able to try it!Suzanna – The peanuts are a touch that i just love!
    Laurie – Thanks! Uncrystallized is the “candied ginger” without the sugar coating on the outside. Trader Joes.
    Jamie – Me neither!
    Ashley – Thanks! I was thinking of combining pear and ginger in a brioche snail! Sounds good!

    Posted by Gretchen Noelle | March 25, 2008, 7:53 am

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