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Spiced Squash & Root Soup with Cashew Cream

Spiced Squash & Root Soup with Cashew Cream


This guy’s a total winter game changer. My sister introduced me to this recipe about ten years ago when I was at university and it very quickly became my go-to soup recipe.

Its super warming, spicy and slightly sweet with a luxurious creamy texture. The cashew cream is an excellent addition but if you’re short on time this would work well with any vegan cream or oatly creme fraiche. 


Makes 4 big boy bowls of soup.

For The Cashew Cream


1 cup/160g raw cashews

1/2 cup/125ml water

1/4 tsp maldon salt

1/2 tsp garlic granules


For The Soup

Large white onion

3 cloves of garlic

1 inch fresh ginger - peeled and chopped roughly

1 inch fresh turmeric - chopped

1 Large carrot

1/2 butternut squash - seeded and cubed

1/2 sweet potato - cubed

1/2 tsp cinnamon ground

1/4 tsp ground coriander

1/4 tsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp Ras Al Hanout

1/4 tsp salt

1 litre good veg stock

1/2 can coconut milk

zest 1/2 lime


For The Cashew Cream

Cover the cashews with cold water and leave to soak for minimum 20 mins. Drain the cashews and add to the cup of a nutribullet or high speed blender. Add the half cup of water, the salt and the garlic granules. Blend for around 30 seconds or until completely smooth. If the cream is too thick, add an extra tbsp of water and blend again.


For The Soup

Into a very large saucepan on medium high heat add a tablespoon of olive oil. When hot, add the chopped onion, garlic, fresh ginger and fresh turmeric. Sauté until the onion is starting to turn transparent.

Add all the spices and the salt and give everything a good stir. Add the vegetables and the stock and give it another good stir. Bring back to the boil, cover and simmer on a medium heat for 15 minutes.

Check a slice of carrot to ensure it’s cooked through. Once cooked, remove from the heat and carefully purée with a stick blender until completely smooth. Add the coconut milk and blend again until smooth. Taste and season if necessary.

Serve topped with a good sprinkle of lime zest and a good dollop of garlic cashew cream.

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