Curried Butternut Squash Soup with Spiced Popcorn

Up close bowl of Curried Butternut Squash Soup with spoon in it

This Curried Butternut Squash Soup, topped with smoked paprika spiced popcorn, is perfect for chilly fall days.

Curried Butternut Squash Soup, topped with paprika spiced popcorn, is perfect for chilly fall days. It may be one of the best vegan soups you've ever tried! | platingsandpairings.com

This post was sponsored by Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP. 

Today I’m putting a twist on one of my favorite butternut squash soup recipes to include one of my boyfriend’s favorite things – Popcorn. He has a slight obsession with it… He even has a special popcorn bowl that he’s had since college. It’s a huge white ceramic bowl with blue writing on it that says “I Love Popcorn,” and I have a love-hate relationship with it.

  • I love that he has a special popcorn bowl that means so much to him that he’s had it for over twenty-years.
  • I hate that it weighs about 10 pounds – And I always have to lift it up onto the top shelf after it comes out of the dishwasher.

But it’s his thing… I think that the only thing I still have since college is my denim jacket

This Curried Butternut Squash Soup is all the things you would want in a perfect bowl of soup for this chilly fall season. It’s rich, creamy and spiced with all those yummy fall flavors like cinnamon, curry and cumin. I just want to cuddle up on the couch with a bowl of it… This recipe is very similar to this recipe that I got from Olive Marketplace and Café in Walla Walla, but I’m changing things up just a little bit.

Bowl of Curried Butternut Squash Soup topped with paprika spiced popcorn.

Their original recipe uses a LOT of coconut milk – I’m lightening up this version a little bit by using half the amount of coconut milk and swapping in some chicken stock for the other half. And then, of course, there’s that smoky, paprika spiced popcorn that I’m topping these beautiful bowls of soup with.

I made things easy by using some pre-popped popcorn. In our house, I leave all the popcorn making up to Rick. So, when I’m cooking on my own, I reach for a bag of Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP. This whole grain snack comes in lots of yummy flavors, like Sea Salt, White Cheddar and Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn, but for this soup, I wanted to give it my own unique twist. I tossed their Real Butter Popcorn with a bit of olive oil and sprinkled on some smoked paprika. It coated it perfectly and gave it that beautiful copper color – Such a stunning topping for this golden curried butternut squash soup.

Bag of popcorn and bowl of paprika spiced popcorn.

By the way, the original version of this soup is totally vegan, I kind of messed things up this time around by adding in chicken stock, but you could definitely add in some veggie stock instead for a completely vegetarian and vegan-friendly soup. However you choose to make this soup, I can pretty much guarantee that you’re going to fall instantly in love with it.

Up close bowl of Curried Butternut Squash Soup with spoon in it

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 319 kcal
Author: Erin
This Curried Butternut Squash is rich, creamy and delicately spiced. Topped with smoked paprika spiced popcorn for a fun twist!
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Ingredients

Curried Butternut Squash Soup:

  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 lbs. Butternut Squash peeled, seeded, and roughly chopped
  • 2 apples peeled, seeded, and roughly chopped
  • 2 medium sweet onions chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 3 13.66 oz. cans coconut milk
  • 5 cups chicken stock or vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Smoked Paprika Spiced Popcorn:

  • 1 cup Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. smoked paprika

Instructions

Smoked Paprika Spiced Popcorn:

  1. In a large bowl, toss popcorn with olive oil. Sprinkle with paprika and toss again to coat.

Curried Butternut Squash Soup:

  1. In a large stockpot, over medium heat, add olive oil, butternut squash, apples and onions. Saute for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the curry powder, cumin, and cinnamon. Saute for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the coconut milk and stock and simmer for about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Puree until smooth with either an immersion blender or a regular blender in batches. Top with paprika spiced popcorn.
Nutrition Facts
Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 319 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 301mg 13%
Potassium 1220mg 35%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 14g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 508.3%
Vitamin C 62.3%
Calcium 15.5%
Iron 25.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Wine Pairings for Curried Butternut Squash Soup with Spiced Popcorn:

  • Gewürztraminer and Riesling are great pairings for the delicate spices in this soup.
  • Alternatively, a high-acid, crisp wine like Pinot Gris would work well to cut through the richness of the soup.
  • A dry-sparkling wine like Cava will also work well here to help cut through the creaminess of the soup nicely but hold up to the spicy flavors of the soup.

Curried Butternut Squash Soup with bag of popcorn and popcorn scattered about

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7 comments

  1. Amy

    Hey Erin, I’m really digging this recipe. I’ve always found that butternut squash is a little too sweet for me and with all these warm spices I can imagine how the flavor combination is perfect. I’ve got a goal of including new soups in my weekly menu a few times a week this January. I can’t wait to try.

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  2. Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago

    This recipe is perfect for the deep freeze we are having here in Chicago! And I love the addition of the popcorn topping!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Kathryn! Stay warm!!!

      Reply

  3. Colleen

    Hi Erin, New to your blog with several suggestions. For those of us who absolutely MUST have a hard copy of your recipes, please include your wine pairing suggestions within the Print function. Also, please add the recipe link and @Platings and Pairings next to your name..Warm regards, Colleen

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  4. Diane Wilkins

    Erin, this soup just looks absolutely gorgeous! And it’s so true that snoring is a universal language!

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  5. Lori

    Looks so delicious. You dont have the number of servings, so it is difficult to determine the calories .

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    1. Erin

      Hi Lori – This makes 6 servings and the nutritional information is calculated below the recipe. Hope this helps!

      Reply

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