During the fall season, squash soups become more popular than ever. Nothing says fall quite like the flavor of a rich and creamy squash soup, and whether you choose to have yours warm or cool, it always seems to comfort you from the inside out. There are several different types of squash soups you may be familiar with, each with their own unique origins and benefits to those enjoying them. The 3 main types of squash soups are:
1. Pumpkin soup – Pumpkin soup is a type of soup that rests on Thanksgiving tables all over the United States, but not many know its history. First and foremost, a pumpkin is part of the squash family, and what we think of as pumpkin pie at the first Thanksgiving was more than likely actually pumpkin soup. Served not in a sweet crust but likely inside of a pumpkin, the savory soup was also probably not quite as sweet as we enjoy it today.
2. Squash soup – Squash soup isn’t just the traditional American Butternut Squash soup popular in the United States. Traditional squash soups actually originate from the Northern Africa regions, as well as a couple of Southern African areas like Mozambique and Namibia. Native Haitians enjoy a famous variety of squash soup that is known to be mildly spicy and combined with thin pasta, potato, beef, plantains, and vegetables called Soup Joumou. These types of squash soups are usually thinner than the butternut squash and pumpkin soups we enjoy most often in the United States.
3. Butternut Squash Soup – Butternut squash soup mixes the best of savory with the best of sweet. While it’s incredibly popular in America, butternut squash soup actually has its origins in New Zealand, where it’s better known as Butternut Pumpkin Soup. The sweet and nutty flavor of butternut squash soup is similar to the taste of pumpkin soup.
Health Benefits Of Squash Soups
Squash soups don’t just taste great, they’re actually pretty good for you, too. Squash are naturally rich in fiber, vitamin A, magnesium, vitamin C, and potassium, and when prepared into a soup these nutrients are not lost. When one enjoys a bowl of squash soup alongside a healthy protein-rich main course, they have for themselves a well-balanced meal that will leave them feeling comfortably full and satisfied. In cases of Haitian squash soup, the protein is put right in with the squash and vegetables, providing a single bowl of soup that has everything you need for a perfect meal.
Come on into our SoLé SoupS Studio in Agoura Hills and try any of our soups including squash and our new ramen. If you’re not juicing you should be souping.