Kabocha Squash, Fennel, and Ginger Soup with Spicy Coconut Cream


  • 1 kabocha squash, halved and seeds removed
  • 1 large leek (or 2 small), white and light green parts sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 small fennel bulb, cored and sliced (reserve some fronds for garnish)
  • 1 knob of fresh ginger (about 3/4 of an inch big), peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dry)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 5 cups filtered water (alternatively you could use low sodium vegetable broth – see notes above)
  • 1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup spicy coconut cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

spicy coconut cream

  • 1 can organic coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • a couple pinches of salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 375° and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment.  Rub a good amount of olive oil over cut side of squash; place cut side down on baking sheet and place in oven.  Cook squash until fork tender – about 50-65 minutes.  Let the squash cool until it’s ready to handle.  Scoop squash out into a bowl and set aside.

In a large soup pot, heat olive oil and coconut oil over medium heat.  Add sliced leeks and oregano, and sauté until leeks are soft; add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.  Add the fennel and ginger, and cook for about 5 minutes – until fennel is soft and ginger is fragrant.  Add the squash, bay leaf, water, salt, and pepper – stir.

Whisk the coconut milk, lemon juice, cayenne, salt, and pepper.

Turn the heat up and bring soup to a simmer, cook for roughly 30 minutes, stirring every so often. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup spicy coconut cream.

In batches, puree soup in a blender, or food processor, until smooth.  Transfer soup back to the pot and bring to a low simmer, stir in lemon juice and taste for seasoning.

Serve soup with a dollop of leftover spicy coconut cream, poppy seeds, and chopped fennel fronds.


Note: just about any variety of squash works well here, just be mindful that if it’s smaller than a kabocha squash you will need to adjust the amount of liquid, seasoning, etc.

Adapted from Dolly and Oatmeal.

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