Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup

An easy roasted kabocha squash soup that yields a well-balanced, hearty, creamy soup that is garlicky and lightly sweet. You can use butternut or acorn squash if you cannot find kabocha. You can easily make the dish vegan as well. Make a big batch in advance and serve it with toasted bread for a healthy dinner. {Vegan-Adaptable, Gluten-Free}

Roasted squash soup served with bread

The weather just turned to full-on winter in New York this week. For a lot of people, that means a big bowl of cozy pumpkin soup for dinner! I’m here to let you in on a secret.

What makes an even better soup than ordinary pumpkin? Kabocha squash, or Japanese pumpkin, does. You may have even seen it at farmers markets, but didn’t know its name. It comes from the same family as the big orange Halloween pumpkin, but has a gorgeous knobbly emerald skin. Inside, it is a vibrant golden yellow. The flavor is a cross between pumpkin and sweet potato.

Drizzle olive oil on kabocha squash

Kabocha creates a beautiful creamy soup that has a mildly sweet taste. The recipe lightly greases the kabocha and aromatics with olive oil and maple syrup, roasts them until perfectly charred, then blends them with a simple spice combo to make a well-balanced and hearty soup. With just a few basic pantry items it becomes a one-pot dinner, perfect when paired with sliced bread.

If you don’t have kabocha, feel free to replace it with butternut or acorn squash. The dish can be made vegan too – just use olive oil instead of butter.

Roasted kabocha squash soup

Cooking notes

1. How to cut kabocha squash

It’s very important to follow the correct procedure to cut the squash to prevent injury. Kabocha squash is quite tough and can be hard to cut. Here is how to do it easier:

  • Stabilize the kabocha on its side and slice off the tough stem. Use the point of your knife to poke the skin so you have a starting point, then use a sawing motion to slowly cut through the squash instead of pushing it down directly.
  • Sit the kabocha on the cut side. Split it in half by slicing across the squash.
  • Scoop out the seeds using a spoon. Discard the seeds.
  • Sit the squash on the cut side again and further slice it into quarters.

If you still have trouble cutting the squash, you can try microwaving it for 1 to 2 minutes. The heat will slightly soften the texture and make it easier to cut through. Be careful not to overheat the kabocha, otherwise it will be too hot to handle.

How to cut kabocha squash

2. Roasting technique

  • Rub some olive oil and maple syrup onto the squash and onion, so they will have a beautiful char once roasted.
  • You don’t need to remove the outer layer from the onion before roasting, because you will peel the outside layer off anyway.
  • Hide the garlic and ginger under the dome of the squash, so they won’t get burned.
  • Once roasted, it’s very easy to peel off the kabocha skin. You can use a paring knife to slice the skin off from a corner, and peel it off with your hands.

Roasted kabocha squash soup cooking step-by-step

Roasted kabocha squash, onion, ginger and garlic

3. Adjust the soup texture

Depending on the type of squash you use and its water content, you might need to use more or less stock to reach the desired texture. I used 1 cup of vegetable stock and the soup was quite thick. Feel free to add more stock to make a thinner soup.

I used a mixer to make the soup, but you can use a hand blender to blend the soup in a pot as well.

Roasted kabocha squash soup close-up

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Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup | An easy recipe that yields a well-balanced, hearty, creamy soup that is garlicky and lightly sweet. You can use butternut or acorn squash if you cannot find kabocha. You can easily make the dish vegan as well. Make a big batch in advance and serve it with toasted bread for a healthy dinner. {Vegan-Adaptable, Gluten-Free}

Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup

An easy roasted kabocha squash soup that yields a well-balanced, hearty, creamy soup that is garlicky and lightly sweet. You can use butternut or acorn squash if you cannot find kabocha. You can easily make the dish vegan as well. Make a big batch in advance and serve it with toasted bread for a healthy dinner. {Vegan-Adaptable, Gluten-Free}
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Course: Main, Side
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: comfort food
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 220kcal
Author: Maggie Zhu

Ingredients

  • 1 medium (about 2 lb / 1 kg) kabocha squash (or acorn squash, or butternut squash)
  • 1 medium yellow onion , skin on
  • 1.5 inches (4 cm) ginger , roughly chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt , seperated
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or olive oil for a vegan dish)
  • Black pepper for garnish (Optional)
  • Freshly chopped sage or thyme for garnish (Optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 °F (220 °C).
  • Cut the squash into quarters (see blog post above to learn how to cut kabocha safely). Cut the onion into quarters, leaving the skin on. Chop the ginger and peel the garlic cloves.
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Spread the kabocha squash, onion, ginger and garlic on the tray.
  • Drizzle with 1 tablespoon maple syrup, the olive oil, and the maple syrup. Rub it on to the squash evenly with your hands. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of salt over it.
  • Turn the squash and onions to be skin-side-up. Make sure the garlic cloves are under the hoods of the squash to help them keep moist.
  • Roast for 1 hour at 425 °F (220 °C). Flip the squash and onions at the 30 minute mark, still skin-side-up, and the other cut side down.
  • Once the vegetables are done, let them cool for 5 to 10 minutes on the kitchen counter, until you can handle the squash with your hands.
  • Using a knife, peel the skin off the squash and discard it. Remove the dried layer from the onions and discard it.
  • Add the roasted veggies, the remaining 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and the remaining 1 teaspoon salt, along with the cumin, vegetable broth, and butter, to the blender, Blend on high until smooth, about 5 minutes. Taste the soup. Adjust the texture by adding more broth as desired, and adjust the seasoning by adding more salt if needed. Then blend again to mix well.
  • Garnish with olive oil (or heavy cream), chopped sage or thyme, and freshly ground black pepper, if needed. Serve hot with toasted bread. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 30.8g | Protein: 4.7g | Fat: 9.8g | Saturated Fat: 4.3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 817mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 3.6g | Sugar: 15.4g | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 2mg
Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup | An easy recipe that yields a well-balanced, hearty, creamy soup that is garlicky and lightly sweet. You can use butternut or acorn squash if you cannot find kabocha. You can easily make the dish vegan as well. Make a big batch in advance and serve it with toasted bread for a healthy dinner. {Vegan-Adaptable, Gluten-Free}

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