Spiced Butternut Squash Soup w/ Cranberry Pomegranate Coulis & Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

For this month's 5 star recipe makeover, the ingredient of choice was squash. I absolutely ADORE squash in all its forms. From acorn squash to zucchini. There are so many types of gourds to choose from, I decided to go in a simple yet elegant direction. 

The butternut squash soup is pretty spicy, but paired with the sweet cranberry pomegranate coulis and the crunch of the salty toasted pumpkin seeds, it was truly a pleasant dish to make for the challenge, and even more fun to eat!

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup w/ Cranberry Pomegranate Coulis & Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup
1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced into 1" chunks
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 cups of vegetable stock
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1/ teaspoon of cumin
Salt to taste

Toss diced squash with olive oil until coated. Spread onto a large sheet pan evenly. 
Roast at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes until nice and soft
Heat vegetable stock and place in blender with roasted butternut squash.
Add cinnamon, cayenne pepper, cumin and salt to taste. Puree until smooth. If it's not blending enough, add no more than a 1/2 cup of hot water until smooth. 

Cranberry Pomegranate Coulis
1 cup of dried sweetened cranberries
juice of 1 pomegranate
2 1/2 cups of water

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pot, bring up to a boil, then down to a simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes. Until cranberries are rehydrated. 
Place contents of pot into a blender and puree until smooth.

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
1 cup of pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
Salt to taste

Clean pumpkin seeds with cold water, dry with a paper towel.
Toss with vegetable oil and season with salt. 
Toast at 300 degrees Fahrenheit in an oven for 45 minutes until brown and crispy. 

Place butternut squash soup in a bowl, spoon cranberry pomegranate coulis and top with toasted pumpkin seeds. Enjoy! 


  1. Sounds AMAZING! These are the kinds of blogs you're best at.

  2. This is a beautiful and elegant dish. I would love to see this show up at my holiday table.

  3. That looks phenomenal. And now I know what Coulis is!

  4. Mmmmmm.... this looks delicious! And tis the season for butternut squash soup! I make it once a week at work... my fav. xoxo

  5. This soup is not only beautiful, I bet it tasted amazing. :)

  6. Gorgeous picture. Wonderful entry for the five star foodie challenge.

  7. Very interesting recipe and it does look fantastic Kym! Love your pics and I love the combination that you used here! Well done as always!

  8. Definitely a five star soup! Love the pomegranate coulis on top and I always love topping soups with seeds and nuts. Great addition! Beautiful bowl of soup!

  9. What beautiful pictures. I love all the fruits with the pumpkin. Delicious soup that's good for you, perfect!

  10. definitely great flavors going on here, and i can't wait to start using more pomegranates again :)

  11. Lovin' that cranberry coulis recipe. Can think of lots of applications.
    This is a terrific addition to the Cooking Group's makeover.
    Sounds extra-delicious, and I love the Fall colors.

  12. Looks super yummy! I'll bet my little girl would love this :)

  13. This looks divine! The squash and the pomegranate stunning combination.


  14. Rich and hearty, awesome soup dish, and beautiful photos!

  15. Just saw this recipe highlighted on Mystery Lovers Kitchen website I will book mark it for the fall :)


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