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Red Lentil and Squash Curry Soup


Butternut squash and lentil soup is a simple light meal or a first course.

  • Servings: 8
red lentil and squash curry soup

Photography: Richard Gerhard Jung

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2001


  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 recipe Quick Curry Powder
  • 12 ounces red lentils
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 butternut squash (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled, seeded, and cut in 1/2-inch pieces
  • Two 14 1/2-ounce cans low-sodium canned, or homemade, chicken stock, skimmed of fat
  • 2 cups water


  1. Combine salt and curry powder; set aside. Rinse lentils; set aside. Heat butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add curry mixture; stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add onion, garlic, and ginger; cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add squash; cook until just beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add stock and water. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer. Cook until squash is tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in lentils; cook until soft, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve hot.

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  • velobaker
    15 DEC, 2010
    Turned out great! A perfect weeknight meal - very flavorful and nourishing soup. Note that it does take time (about an hour and a half from start to finish) with all the peeling, chopping, etc. but it's worth it! And - 1 1/2 lbs of squash is about 3 cups diced.
  • OCchef
    8 DEC, 2007
    This is a really easy dish