Vegan Butternut Squash, Kale and Chickpea Soup*


  • 3/4 cup sorghum, rinsed, drained and cooked (or about 1 1/2 cups cooked) or 1/2 cup of millet or quinoa, rinsed drained and cooked
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 pound butternut squash or sweet potato, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup celery root, diced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons red curry paste (found in the Asian food section), or to taste
  • 6 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 bunch kale, chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups chickpeas or navy beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, optional
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • *Meets GI guidelines.


  1. In a medium saucepan, add sorghum and 2 cups of water. Bring to a simmer, covered, and cook until water is almost evaporated, about 40 minutes. Keep covered and let rest for 20 minutes. If using millet or quinoa, add to saucepan with 1 cup of water and bring to a simmer, about 15 minutes. Keep covered.
  2. In a large soup pot, heat the oil over medium heat until shimmering. Stir in the butternut squash and cook until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the celery root, bell pepper and salt and saute another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until celery root begins to soften.
  3. Add the curry paste and stir until vegetables are coated and the curry is fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the vegetable broth, bring to a simmer, and cook, covered, for 20 minutes.
  5. Add kale, chickpeas, cooked sorghum and cayenne and bring to a simmer, cooking an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add balsamic vinegar and additional salt and ground pepper to taste.


  • Lunch
  • Soup
  • Plant-Based Protein
  • Vegetable
  • Dairy Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • GI
  • MHealthy

Nutrition Information

Serving Size
1 1/2 cups
Total Fat (g)
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