Spicy Butternut Squash and Chickpea Soup

My 4 year streak of not catching a cold is over. My immune system turned on me. Just like that. One day I’m basking in the glory of good health and the next I’m coughing my brains out.

Desperately needing soup, I dragged my sick self to the kitchen and whipped this up. While chicken soup is a known cure-all, I needed something fast without fuss and chicken was not a part of that equation.

A soup filled with garlic and spiciness from red pepper, chile powder and cumin to chase the pesky germs away was. One that included wholesome and nourishing good-for-you vegetables like butternut squash and swiss chard. Chickpeas for protein. And just because. They make me happy.

The result was instant relief. Warm and soothing. Hearty and delicious. Pure comfort.

I hate starting over. 5 years. I’m going to make it 5 years this time.

Spicy Butternut Squash and Chickpea Soup

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 6 servings

Spicy Butternut Squash and Chickpea Soup

A spicy, vegetarian soup filled with butternut squash, swiss chard and chickpeas.


olive oil, for sauteing
1 yellow onion, diced
1 large carrot, diced small
1 stalk celery, diced small
sea salt and fresh black pepper
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 heaping teaspoon dried Mexican oregano, crushed between fingertips
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 + 1/2 teaspoons chile powder
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper or a small, fresh red chile, seeds removed, minced
5 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 large butternut squash, peeled and cubed*
3 cups cooked chickpeas or 2 cans (14 ounce), drained and rinsed
1 small bunch swiss chard, thick stems removed, chopped


  1. In a large soup pot heat a few tablespoon of oil over medium-low heat; add onion, carrot and celery, season well with salt and pepper; cook 5-6 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Add garlic, oregano, cumin, chile powder and red pepper; cook 2-3 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add broth, squash and chickpeas, season again with salt and pepper; bring to a simmer 20-25 minutes. Taste and reseason if needed, stir in swiss chard; cook 5 minutes or until squash is fork tender.
  4. *For easier peeling/cutting I microwave mine 2-3 minutes and allow to cool.

Subscribe Here

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner



  1. Lora @cakeduchess says

    Hi Reeni-4 years…what were you doing to keep cold-free those years?:)I get one every year. I think this soup is the best medicine. We have a cold going around here and tonight we had a delicious soup. Happy New Year. lots of love to you .xo

  2. BeadedTail says

    You sure make great soups even when you’re sick!  Hope you are feeling better!  This soup looks delicious!

    Kitty kisses to handsome Moon!

  3. Pegasusulegend24 says

    Soup is perfect in this weather but these are new ones for me too try and I am loving them!

  4. Juliana says

    Happy New Year Reeni! I hope you feel better…
    You should recover really fast with this delicious and comforting soup, very comforting and tasty.

  5. Swathi says

    Delicious and comforting soup Reeni. Sorry to hear about your cough. Hope you will better soon. Wishing you and family a Happy and Prosperous New Year

  6. Note di Cioccolato says

    I’m so sorry for your flu dear :( This soup is just what you need to get better, it’s amazing :)  I love pumpkin – chickpeas combination, I want to try this version as soon as possible. Thanks for the suggestion of how to easily peel pumpkin, I’ll remember it. Bye, I hope you’ll recover soon.

  7. Lyndsey@TheTinySkillet says

    I have been doing so good too, niot getting sick and I work in the school clinic around sike kids all day. Ha! I had to wait until Christmas break so I didn’t have to miss any school. It’s been years since I was last sick…actually it’s my allergies that get my immune system down. The oak pollen is early this year because of the warm December….it’s always something.

    This soup sounds so good. I love everything in it.  The colors are still so vivid. Hope this makes you feel better soon!

  8. Megan says

    Hope you feel better soon! I’m sick right now too.. it’s no fun. I feel like I was fine until I actually let myself relax and take a break and that’s when I got sick. You’d think it would happen when I’m running around like crazy instead. I’m sure this soup was warming and comforting and is helping you to feel better.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>