Squash soup

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Squash soup
A roasted butternut squash soup

Squash soup is a soup prepared using squash as a primary ingredient. Squash used to prepare the soup include acorn squash, butternut squash and pumpkin.[1][2]


Squash that has initially been separately roasted can be used in the soup's preparation.[2] The roasting of squash can serve to concentrate the gourd's flavor.[2] Squash soup can be prepared with chunks or pieces of squash and also with puréed squash.[3][4] Pre-cooked, frozen squash can also be used,[5] as can commercially prepared packets of pre-cooked frozen squash purée.[6] Butternut squash soup may have a sweet flavor, due to the sugars present in the squash.[5] Additional basic ingredients in squash soup's preparation can include broth, onion, cream, spices such as sage and thyme, salt and pepper.[6] Pumpkin soup can be served hot or cold, and is a popular Thanksgiving dish in the United States.[7]


Pumpkin "pies" made by early American colonists were more likely to be a savory soup made and served in a pumpkin[8] than a sweet custard in a crust.

Pumpkin soup was a staple for the prisoners of war in North Vietnamese prison camps during the Vietnam War.[9]

Squash soup is a soup in African cuisine. It is a part of the cuisine of Northern Africa,[10] and the cuisines of Mozambique[11] and Namibia,[1][12] both of which are located in Southern Africa. Squash soup is also served in other countries and is a part of other cuisines. Soup Joumou is traditionally consumed in Haiti on New Year's Day (January 1), as a historical tribute to Haitian independence in 1804.

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  1. ^ a b Long, L.M. (2016). Ethnic American Cooking: Recipes for Living in a New World. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 203. ISBN 978-1-4422-6734-3. 
  2. ^ a b c Soup. DK Publishing. 2009. p. 176. ISBN 978-0-7566-6549-4. 
  3. ^ All-Time Best Soups. America's Test Kitchen. 2016. p. 126. ISBN 978-1-940352-80-0. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  4. ^ Bittman, Mark (1997-10-15). "The Minimalist; A Pumpkin Soup for Fall: It's Almost Too Easy". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  5. ^ a b Hensperger, B.; Kaufmann, J. (2007). Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Recipes for Two. Not Your Mother's. Harvard Common Press. p. 26. ISBN 978-1-55832-341-4. 
  6. ^ a b Stone, M. (2014). The Slow Cooker Soup Cookbook: Easy Slow-Cooker Soup Recipes. Soup Cookbook. Martha Stone. p. 9. ISBN 978-1-310-48947-1. 
  7. ^ "Pumpkin Soup". Mahalo.com. Archived from the original on October 21, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  8. ^ "American Classic IX: Pumpkin Pie". Good Eats. 
  9. ^ Maurer, Harry (1998). Strange Ground: An Oral History of Americans in Vietnam, 1945–1975. Da Capo Press. p. 415. ISBN 978-0-306-80839-5. 
  10. ^ Garratt, N. (2013). Mango and Mint: Arabian, Indian, and North African Inspired Vegan Cuisine. Tofu Hound Press. PM Press. p. 46. ISBN 978-1-60486-323-9. 
  11. ^ Vos, H. (2010). Passion of a Foodie - An International Kitchen Companion. Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency (SBPRA). p. 446. ISBN 978-1-934925-63-8. 
  12. ^ Hultman, T.; Service, Africa News (1986). The Africa News cookbook: African cooking for Western kitchens. Cookbook Series. Penguin. p. 21. 

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