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Kabocha Squash Soup Hack – 10 Days of Cozy One Pot Recipes

Welcome to Day 9 of my 10 Days of Cozy One Pot Recipes!

Today, I’m excited to share with you my all-time favourite way to prepare kabocha squash. This Super Easy Kabocha Squash Soup is a cherished recipe passed down from my mom, featuring a clever hack that makes the process a breeze.

What is Kabocha Squash?

Kabocha squash, also known as Japanese pumpkin, is a type of winter squash revered for its sweet and nutty flavor. It typically has a dark green, bumpy skin and vibrant orange flesh. Rich in essential nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber, kabocha squash is not only delicious but also offers a range of health benefits, making it a popular and healthy choice for many people.

Health Benefits of Kabocha Squash
  • Rich in Nutrients: Kabocha squash is a powerhouse of essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber
  • Low in Calories: It’s a great addition to your diet if you’re looking to manage your weight, as it’s relatively low in calories but still packed with nutrients
  • Boosts Immunity: The high vitamin C content in kabocha squash is excellent for bolstering your immune system, helping you stay healthy year-round
  • Supports Digestive Health: Thanks to its high fiber content, kabocha squash promotes healthy digestion and can help prevent constipation
  • Regulates Blood Sugar: With a low glycemic index, kabocha squash can help stabilize blood sugar levels, making it an excellent choice for those with diabetes or insulin sensitivity


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Kabocha Squash Soup (using an easy hack!)

This Kabocha Squash only uses 2 ingredients!! It takes a little effort in the beginning but the result is so so worth it.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Appetizer, Soup
Cuisine American, Canadian, Japanese
Servings 4 people


  • 1 Always Pan or soup pot


  • 1 small kabocha squash aka Japanese Pumpkin
  • 1.5 cans Cream of Mushroom soup 284 ml
  • 1 can water


  • In an Always Pan (by Our Place), fill the pan with 3-4 cups of water and put the steamer basket on top. Begin by steaming the kabocha squash until a knife easily pierces through (roughly 20 mins depending on size of squash). This crucial step not only softens the flesh but also makes removing the skin a breeze.
  • Alternatively, you can also use a woke or soup pot along with a steaming rack and plate to hold up the kabocha squash.
  • Once a knife easily pierces through the flesh, remove from steamer basket using oven mitts and place on cutting board. The kabocha squash will be very hot so handle with care!
  • Carefully remove the peel using a sharp knife and cut the squash in half. Scoop out the seeds and cut into smaller chunks.
  • For any harder pieces of squash that might need a little extra attention, simply microwave them for an additional minute or two.
  • Remove the steamer basket, and transfer all the squash back to pot. Using a potato masher, mash the squash as best you can. Then turn the heat on to medium.
  • Add cream of mushroom soup and water to the pot. Adjust according to how runny or thick you like your soup. Using a potato masher, mash and mix everything together until the soup is well combined.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for another 10 minutes stirring constantly.
  • Serve how and garnish with a sprig of parsley or cilantro, along with a few drops of truffle oil (optional).
Keyword one pot, soup, soup idea, soup recipe, vegetables

I use the Our Place Always Pan 2.0 for most of my One Pot recipes. I highly recommend it!

Thank you for joining me on Day 9 of our 10 Days of Cozy One Pot Series! I hope this Kabocha Squash Soup hack becomes a new household favourite.

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