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There’s a lot to the name of this unique, savory soup recipe, but the ingredients are really quite simple: butternut squash, turmeric Golden Mylk (vegan milk), spices and herbs. That’s it. Its delicious simplicity is part of what makes this Butternut Squash Turmeric Golden Mylk Soup recipe a healthy, flavorful meal that’s easy to whip up and a true pleasure to enjoy.
If you’re unfamiliar with turmeric Golden Mylk or with turmeric itself, it’s worth knowing more. Hailing from traditional Indian medicine, this drink owes its name to the bright yellow ochre and distinctive flavor of turmeric spice.
Turmeric has been used through the ages as a medicinal spice for everything from reducing inflammation to preventing cancer and other diseases. However, it can be difficult to get enough turmeric in your daily diet to reap the benefits of its healthy properties.
Thus my enthusiasm around incorporating turmeric into more of my recipes.
So … exciting news! One of my favorite brands, Only What You Need (OWYN)*, just released a new flavor of their plant-based protein drink: Turmeric Golden Mylk!
I already love and use OWYN products as a daily protein drink, in my smoothies, and in my baking, but now I can use it in savory meal options as well! The subtle flavors from the OWYN Turmeric Golden Mylk provide a creamy layer of spice that makes this soup so complex and robust in taste.
AND it goes without saying (but I’m going to say it anyway) that adding OWYN protein to any recipe is already amping up the nutrition, big time. Each drink contains 20 grams of plant based protein, amino acids, fiber, Omega-3s and even greens like spinach, kale and broccoli.
Their products are also all certified gluten free (can I get a woop woop?!), vegan, non-GMO and even low-FODMAP. I don’t know how they squeeze all the good stuff into a bottle and none of the bad, but they somehow also make it taste good.
Fast forward to me making Butternut Squash soup — a favorite in our house during the cold winter months, especially — and I think, “why not add OWYN Turmeric Golden Mylk to my soup?” So I did.
All I can say is holy vegan cow.
I served this beautiful golden soup in my gluten free Boule Breads and I gotta say, it was impressive. Neither the soup nor the boules are complicated or fussy to make, so I highly recommend blowing away your friends and family with this combo one day soon. You don’t have to tell them that it’s also all gluten-free, vegan and NUTRITIOUS! It’ll be our little secret.
This Butternut Squash Turmeric Golden Mylk Soup recipe also includes pepper, which has been shown to increase the body’s absorption of turmeric by 2,000%. So feel free to spice this soup up with even more pepper, or add more turmeric spice on its own, if you enjoy the flavorful punch it offers. Remember: you’re doing your body and your tastebuds a favor!
For more recipes using this sneaky nutritious and gluten free secret weapon (OWYN), check out my recipes for Gluten Free Belgian Waffles, homemade Vegan Yogurt, gluten free Overnight Oats Waffles, Gluten Free Crepes, Gluten Free Pistachio Matcha Muffins, Vegan Chocolate Pudding, Gluten Free Rum Balls, Gluten Free Doughnut Holes, cocktails and even Gluten Free Black Bottom Cupcakes!
And remember when making a soup recipe like this … there’s really no right or wrong (see my liberal interpretation of a Yoda quote in my gluten free Boule Bread recipe). You can taste test as you go and add more OWYN or broth or spices or whatever you like.
It’s not like baking where you mix and bake and wait (unless you taste-test the cookie dough … which I can’t recommend you do, but I may or may not do myself); you can taste as you go and get it just right! Another reason to make this yummy recipe, even if you’ve never made homemade soup before.Print
If using a pressure cooker or Instapot, prepare squash by peeling then scooping out the seeds and strings. Cut the squash into 1-2 inch cubes. (Wash and reserve the seeds to toast for snacks!)
Add together with OWYN, broth/stock, herbs and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper in the pot. Cook according to your machine’s directions for Butternut Squash; my Cuisinart cooked for 5 minutes on High Pressure.
If using oven and stove-top method, preheat oven to 350°F.
Peel squash, scoop out the seeds and strings, then cut into 1-2 inch cubes. (Wash and reserve the seeds to toast for snacks!).
Place cubes onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 – 2 tablespoons olive oil, then sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper, to start. Stir to coat all the cubes.
Cook in the preheated oven for 50 minutes, stirring once or twice during the bake. Cook until the squash is fork tender.
Another option: cook in a crockpot on high, covered, for 1-2 hours, until very tender.
After squash has cooked using either method, pulse in processor or with immersion blender until the mixture is creamed. If using a food processor, pour the purée back into the stock pot.
If you cooked the squash in the oven, add vegetable stock. Taste the soup before adding more salt and pepper to determine if, and how much is needed (remember that pepper helps the body absorb turmeric). Feel free to add more herbs or turmeric spice as well, to taste.
If the soup is too thin, cook at medium-low heat with the lid off until it has cooked down to the desired consistency; if the soup is too thick, add more OWYN or vegetable broth until the soup is the consistency you prefer. Keep soup warm for serving by cooking on the stovetop at low temperature with the lid on the pot.
Serve warm in gluten free boules or edible squash bowls. Garnish with additional fresh rosemary or thyme.
Even if you don’t have time to made edible bowls, this soup stands on its own as a delicious meal or side dish.
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**I’ve partnered with OWYN (Only What You Need) to use their products in order to increase the nutrition in many popular gluten-free recipes. Some links to products may be affiliate links. As always, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more information. Working with select brands I love allows me to keep bringing you free recipes, and I hope that in the process, you’ll learn about some of the safe gluten free products I choose for my family. Thanks so much for your support!
For more recipes using OWYN on my gfJules site, just use the search bar at the top and search OWYN. You’ll find everything from protein bites to donut holes to black bottom cupcakes … to lots in between! It’s a great ingredient for gluten free baking — why not use it to make your recipes healthier, too?