Butternut Squash Soup with Thai Gremolata

I know a lot of people say that we don’t really notice the change of seasons here in Southern California.

But I disagree.


I think that if you pay close enough attention to your surroundings, you can see the change in the seasons.

I found a pumpkin patch that our farmer’s market had set-up. You can SEE the change in seasons when you drive by your local pumpkin patch. But FEELING the change of season? We are not quite there yet.

I was wearing shorts and flip flops while I was taking these pictures. But I have a feeling those jackets will be coming out soon.


While I was at the farmer’s market, I walked down the squash aisle. I’ve cooked with kabocha and butternut squash before, but I have never bought an acorn squash in my life. I took it home and figure out what to do with it.


I have been bookmarking a lot of Fall recipes and found a soup recipe that I saved a few days ago, which has a Thai inspired flavor.

I love Thai dishes and it’s one of my first pick whenever we dine out so I knew that I would love the coconut and lime combination that is typical in Thai food.


I adapted from the original recipe. I used light coconut milk and added more onions.

Butternut Squash Soup with Thai Gremolata


  • 2 lb. butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces (I used half butternut and half acorn squash)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 14-oz. can unsweetened light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Asian chili sauce (Sriracha) sauce
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lime juice


1. In a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker stir together squash, broth, coconut milk, onion, brown sugar, soy sauce, and Asian chili sauce.


2. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or on high for 2 to 2-1/2 hours.

3. Use an immersion blender to carefully blend soup until completely smooth. (Or, transfer the mixture in batches to a food processor or blender; or use a potato masher to mash mixture nearly smooth.) Stir in lime juice.


Ladle into bowls and top with Thai Gremolata. If desired, serve with lime wedges. Makes 4 to 6 servings.


Thai Gremolata:

In a small bowl stir together 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil or cilantro, 1/2 cup chopped peanuts, and 1 tablespoon finely shredded lime peel.


The soup was delicious. It has a velvety texture from the squash and coconut milk. The hint of lime in the soup adds a refreshing taste too.


The soup in itself was tasty but the addition of the Thai gremolata compliments the soup. I won’t recommend making the soup without the gremolata.  We served pasta on the side or toasted bread to make this soup a meal.

What a wonderful way to use a new-to-me ingredient (acorn squash). I’m glad I made something new recipe and will file this in my soup rotation file.


1 recipe —> towards my October goals.


  1. book marked!!! Acorn squash is my favorite (although I havent met a squash I didnt like). Its crazy warm here too!

  2. mmm! it’s beautiful.

  3. this looks amazing and looks so beautiful! The photos rock ; )

    I love soup, more in the fall and winter!

    Yes , you guys still have the holiday feel out there, just different weather wise!

  4. Butternut Squash soup is my absolute favorite thing ever! I really need a blender so that I can make this. It’s on my list of things to register for 🙂

  5. Your soup looks amazing! I can’t believe it is homemade, it looks so gourmet!!!

    I live in AZ and although we do get cooler temps in winter it is still 83 and sunny outside this week! I’m wearing a turtleneck in 83 degree weather today because I’m so excited for fall (and my summer clothes don’t fit)!

  6. This sounds amazing!!! I love anything thai inspired. 🙂
    I am new to SoCal, but I have seen lots of leaves on the ground as well!!


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