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Curry butternut squash chickpea soup in a bowl with a spoon.

Curry Butternut Squash Chickpea Soup

  • Author: Allie
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This hearty and creamy curry butternut squash chickpea soup is a little spicy to warm you up and filling from all those lentils and veggies.


    • 1 yellow onion, diced
    • 4 carrots, diced
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 ½ tablespoon curry powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
    • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
    • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 5 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
    • 3-3.5 lbs butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cubed
    • 2 cans (15 ounces each) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    • 1 cup uncooked red lentils
    • 2-3 handfuls of fresh spinach or kale (de-stem and tear into bite-size pieces)
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice



Dairy-free yogurt

Crushed red pepper

Fresh cilantro


Slow cooker method

  1. Add everything to a slow cooker except for the spinach and lime juice and stir together.
  2. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  3. When the soup is done stir in the kale or spinach and lime juice, it will only take a few minutes for the greens to wilt.
  4. To make the soup creamy mash the cooked squash with a spoon up against the side of the pot.

Stovetop method

  1. Sauté the onion and carrots until the onions are translucent for about 7-8 minutes, adding a splash of water (if needed) to cook oil-free (or use a neutral-tasting oil).  Carrots won’t be done, they’ll continue cooking with the soup.
  2. Then add the garlic, curry powder, paprika, cumin, coriander, salt, and cayenne pepper, and sauté for about a minute.
  3. Then add the vegetable broth and deglaze the pan by using a wooden spoon to scrape off any cook-on bits stuck to the bottom of the pan.
  4. Then add butternut squash, chickpeas, lentils, and tomato paste.  Stir the lentils to prevent them from sticking together.
  5. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer, and cook covered for about 20-25 minutes, or until the lentils and squash are tender.  Stir occasionally during cooking.
  6. To make the soup creamy mash the cooked squash with a spoon up against the side of the pot.
  7. Stir in the lime juice and spinach (or kale), and serve when the greens have wilted.


I use homemade vegetable broth with no salt, if your vegetable broth contains salt you may want to adjust the salt in the recipe.  

The smaller you cut your squash, the faster it cooks.

It's helpful to have spices pre-measured before you start the stovetop method.

Keep water or broth nearby for oil-free cooking.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: slow cooker
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: butternut squash chickpea soup, red lentil soup, butternut squash and chickpea curry soup