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Nourishing Turmeric Golden Soup

Absolutely packed with veggies, this Golden Soup is rich in energizing vitamins and minerals such as iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium. Since it's 100% plant-based it's also packed with phytonutrients.
Apr 23, 2020 | Joy McCarthy

This soup is a bowl of sunshine, I mean, just look at it! Aside from how beautiful it looks, it's also incredibly delicious, nourishing and anti-inflammatory for the whole body. I knew I had to put this recipe on the blog after I posted it on Instagram a few weeks ago and got rave reviews all around. That's when I realized I'm not the only one in love with this soup.

Absolutely packed with veggies, this Golden Soup is rich in energizing vitamins and minerals such as iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium. Since it's 100% plant-based it's also packed with phytonutrients and easy-to-digest fibre making it gut health friendly and an excellent choice for supporting a healthy microbiome.

Golden Soup

This dairy-free soup is creamy, rich but not too heavy because there is no dairy cream to thicken it, just full-fat coconut milk.


This Golden Soup is...

  • Dairy-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Paleo-friendly (if you omit the quinoa)
  • Plant-based (100% vegan)
  • Kid-friendly. If you've got really young ones you can blitz this into a creamy soup. It's incredibly nourishing for little ones. 

It gets the "GOLDEN" name from turmeric. Feel free to add more turmeric than I've recommended of course. I love golden lattes , golden smoothies and golden balls too!

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  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1-2 tbsp ground turmeric*
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 5-6 cups veggie stock
  • 1 medium size butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1/4 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 can (400mL) full fat coconut milk
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large soup pot, heat oil to medium. Add onions and saute for 5 minutes.
  2. Add carrots and celery, saute for another 5 minutes. Then add all the spices and saute for a few more minutes.
  3. Next add the veggie stock and then the butternut squash.
  4. Bring to a soft boil, add quinoa and reduce to a simmer until quinoa is fully cooked about 15 minutes.
  5. Add coconut milk just before serving. Garnish with fresh herbs of your choosing.
  6. Keep in fridge for up to a week and reheat on stove top in a pot or keep in freezer for up to 3 months.


Serves 4-6 people.
If you don't have all the spices, you can also just use 2 tbsp curry powder.
*If you haven't used turmeric in a recipe before, add 1 tbsp first and then give it a taste test before you add more.

This soup tastes just as good after being frozen for weeks. My hubby Walker isn't much of a soup lover aside from French Onion Soup so it's usually just me eating the soup and sometimes Vienna, which means I freeze a lot of soups.

Funny and random story for you -- this is the second time writing this post. I wrote a whole wonderful post with all the health benefits and then when I went to post it LIVE it totally disappeared in one poof. I'm not gonna lie, I was pretty upset. Then I took some deep breaths reminding myself to cultivate positivity and as I write this now, I'm much calmer. And... I need a bowl of this soup right now!

Since COVID19 Walker and I are working part-time in the office so that our daughter Vienna always has a full-time parent. This means instead of working 35-40 hours per week we are both doing about 16-20 hours per week but managing the same amount of work (hence my frustration above). I know that our situation is in no way unique and I'm super grateful that our business is mostly all online, including our wonderful shop but that's why some of my blog posts have been a little shorter than normal. You can listen to a recent podcast where Walker and I talked about how we are managing our stress and anxiety and some of it involves emotional eating one too many pieces of banana bread

Thank you so much for continuing to visit our website, make my recipes and support our business by shopping for our wonderful natural, clean, organic products. Walker, myself and the whole joyous team appreciate it!


Stay safe and healthy,

Joy xo

Sharon   •   April 25, 2020

I don't have any butternut squash would you recommend sweet potato instead?

Joy McCarthy   •   April 26, 2020

Belinda   •   April 25, 2020

If I am blending into a creamy soup, when do I add the coconut milk? Before or after blending? And do I blend with the quinoa?

Joy McCarthy   •   April 26, 2020

Steph   •   April 26, 2020

What can I use instead of quinoa

Joy McCarthy   •   April 27, 2020

Sandy   •   April 28, 2020

This looks so yummy and can’t wait to make it this week. As for the banana bread - that recipe is sooo good.

Joy McCarthy   •   April 28, 2020

Kathy   •   April 28, 2020

Thank you for persevering, Joy. I enjoy your posts. Kathy in northern BC

Joy McCarthy   •   April 28, 2020

Dion   •   April 29, 2020

The soup is delicious! I blended it and I loved it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Joy McCarthy   •   April 29, 2020

Shirley   •   April 29, 2020

Oh my goodness.... this was so gooood! I saw this on your IG and had to make it. It’s really perfect for spring. This soup is so nourishing. Both my 8 year old and 17 month old had 2nd helpings. Thanks and stay well. xx

Joy McCarthy   •   April 29, 2020

Bev   •   April 29, 2020

I am very sad that I apparently don't like the taste of turmeric at all, and it is definitely prominent in this soup. I love everything else about it, but I would suggest to NOT do two tablespoons of the turmeric, stick with one, and if that is adaptable for you, then you can increase it. Turmeric just tastes like bad chalk to me, but I know other people love it and it is good for you. Other than that, the soup itself is very healthy and tasty. Try it the way it is written and make your own judgements, but if you choose to leave it out, the soup itself is very good.

Joy McCarthy   •   April 30, 2020
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Franciela   •   April 29, 2020

Just made it tonight! PERFECTION!!!

Joy McCarthy   •   April 30, 2020

Sandy   •   April 30, 2020

Looks amazing! I’m allergic to coconut any subs?

Joy McCarthy   •   April 30, 2020

Aline   •   May 1, 2020

Hey Joy! Thank you so much for the recipe. Would love to make it today, but I don’t have canned coconut milk. Can I use my regular refrigerated Almond Breeze almond milk/ coconut milk blend? Also, how can I make this recipe a little creamier? Thanks!!!!

Joy McCarthy   •   May 2, 2020

Lauren Jean Davie   •   May 4, 2020

This is is amazing and scrumptious! Light and nutritious yet filling. Tried it for the first time tonight and it will definitely be a new rotating recipe in this house! Thank you, JOY!

Joy McCarthy   •   May 5, 2020

Karen   •   May 6, 2020

Your soup was amazing . The flavours were rich and mixed well together adding the canned coconut had it so creamy .

Joy McCarthy   •   May 7, 2020

Melissa Teixeira   •   May 14, 2020

Made the soup tonight. Loved it Joy! Thanks :)). My daughters and Dad want me to try blending it next time. Because there will definitely be a next time!

Joy McCarthy   •   May 15, 2020

Allison C.   •   May 21, 2020

This soup looks very nice.

Joy McCarthy   •   May 22, 2020

Allison C.   •   May 28, 2020

Made the soup on Monday and have had it for lunch 3x this it!

Joy McCarthy   •   May 29, 2020

Emme Z.   •   July 31, 2020

Made this tonight, so delicious!!!

Joy McCarthy   •   August 1, 2020

Nancy LeBlanc   •   September 11, 2020

Thank you Joy! I have bought two copies, of this Book, and both times gave it to someone who really needed it. Now I follow it online.

Joy McCarthy   •   September 12, 2020

LeeAnne G.   •   October 1, 2020

I’ve made this many times. I portion it and freeze it. When feeling like my system needs an extra boost of healthy goodness in a bowl, this soup fits the bill. I always use fresh ginger and turmeric and it packs a spicy punch. A staple in my house. 😀😋

Joy McCarthy   •   October 2, 2020

Sharon   •   October 13, 2020

My family enjoyed this soup. I added some grass-fed beef to make it a little heartier, it tasted very good.

Joy McCarthy   •   October 14, 2020

Masuda M.   •   October 20, 2020

What can I substitute for the coconut milk because it always upsets my stomach.

Joy McCarthy   •   October 21, 2020

Jessica   •   October 21, 2020

Made this soup tonight and it was so delicious!!

Joy McCarthy   •   October 22, 2020

Tracie   •   October 27, 2020

This is my SECOND time making this soup this week! It went that quick my kids requested it again. Thank you thank you thank you fir another delicious healthy meal that my kids actually enjoy

Joy McCarthy   •   October 28, 2020

Kim   •   November 2, 2020

I was wondering about using fresh tumeric instead of the powder? Would that work and how much would I use?! Looking forward to trying this recipe!! Thank you!!

Joy McCarthy   •   November 4, 2020

Laura C.   •   November 9, 2020

This was GREAT! I'll definitely be making this again and again. Thank you

Joy McCarthy   •   November 9, 2020

Emilia   •   November 10, 2020

Joy, this soup was absolutely delicious 😋 , a favorite right now. Problem is I can consume to much in one sitting. Would you happen to have the nutritional value of the soup. I’m following WW and was wanting to figure out the point value, Many thanks, Emilia

Joy McCarthy   •   November 10, 2020

Natasha   •   November 22, 2020

Love this recipe can’t wait to make. You think you can do in instant pot?

Joy McCarthy   •   November 23, 2020

Diana   •   December 13, 2020

Made this tonight with a few alterations ... added pumpkin purée, subbed lentils for quinoa, and added some spinach. Extremely tasty!

Joy McCarthy   •   December 14, 2020

Rukshana Belliappa   •   December 27, 2020

I’ve been making this soupy these last few weeks and am loving it. It’s so nourishing and healthy it leaves me feeling full and satisfied. :)

Joy McCarthy   •   December 27, 2020

Filomena Oliveira   •   January 8, 2021

Made the soup today and my family loved the soup it was good.

Joy McCarthy   •   January 9, 2021

Denise Leighton   •   January 9, 2021

Hi Joy, I have all your cookbooks but am looking for a way to pin your recipes to my Pinterest page. Is it possible? I don't see links on your recipes...

Joy McCarthy   •   January 14, 2021

Olivia V.   •   January 10, 2021

Would adding a drizzle of lime or lemon juice be good? Or maybe adding some lemon grass? Or would that make the soup too weird? Thanks

Joy McCarthy   •   January 10, 2021

M. Phillips   •   January 26, 2021

I prepped all my chopping to get ready to make tomorrow. Then I realized that my squash was much bigger than the average squash. How many ounces of cubed butternut squash would you recommend for this recipe? Hope this finds you well.

Joy McCarthy   •   January 28, 2021

Rosalie W.   •   February 6, 2021

OMG! Soooo good! My family has asked me to make it again. I used sweet potato

Joy McCarthy   •   February 7, 2021

DD   •   February 22, 2021

I absolutely love this soup! So incredibly tasty and nourishing! I make it almost every other week! Would love another sou coconut milk based soup to add to the repertoire

Joy McCarthy   •   February 23, 2021

Penny   •   March 3, 2021

Hiya, Literally just made this from your recipe....but I decided to be adventurous and added a teaspoon of chilli flakes and rice noodles instead of quinoa.... Goodness me! It’s amazing! Thanks. Penny

Joy McCarthy   •   March 3, 2021

Mary   •   April 27, 2021

I have to say I love this soup. I have made it several times and every time not only does it taste amazing but smells amazing!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, it’s definitely on rotation in my house.

Joy McCarthy   •   April 28, 2021

Stephanie T.   •   May 27, 2021

Hi Joy! I made this soup a couple of weekends ago and OMG! I LOVED it so much! My husband enjoyed it, too. I felt so good making it. After I had it, I was full and happy for a long long time! I added more turmeric instead of the cumin. Now, I know why it is the most popular recipe of all time! It will certainly be one I will be making again and again! Thank you for this beautiful creation!

Joy McCarthy   •   May 28, 2021

Catherine   •   June 29, 2021

Hi Joy, I’m making this recipe tonight, but I hardly cook at all unless it’s a weekly soup recipe. I would love to make this in my Instant Pot next time. Any suggestions on cook time for that or other IP tips?

Joy McCarthy   •   June 30, 2021

Felicia Thayer   •   September 19, 2021

This soup is good, however, I had to use an enormous amount of salt and pepper. With my low sodium veggie broth, it was pretty bland. Also wondering why just 1/4 cup of quinoa? I barely knew it was there. Thanks for the basic starter for this soup, but I will definitely amp it up next time.

Joy McCarthy   •   September 20, 2021

Felicia Thayer   •   September 20, 2021

I used full fat.

Joy McCarthy   •   September 20, 2021

Lesley Lou   •   October 20, 2021

Have you made it sweet potatoes instead of squash yourself? If so how was it?

Joy McCarthy   •   October 21, 2021

Maryann   •   March 5, 2022

Do you think this recipe would work in a slow cooker?

Joy McCarthy   •   March 7, 2022

Megan   •   September 24, 2022

Do you happen to have nutritional facts for this recipe

Joy McCarthy   •   September 25, 2022

Carrie   •   November 14, 2022

Hi! I made it and LOVE IT! Looking for the nutritional info on it for macro I overlooking it?

Joy McCarthy   •   November 15, 2022

Yari   •   March 22, 2023

How many calories per serving ?

Joy McCarthy   •   March 24, 2023

Rosie   •   April 13, 2023

Hi there! Could I sub fresh turmeric and if so, how much would you recommend? Thanks!

Joy McCarthy   •   April 18, 2023

Elizabeth   •   September 26, 2023

I am not a good cook, but I followed this recipe to a T, and it came out perfect!! It is so creamy and delicious!

Joy McCarthy   •   October 4, 2023

Norah   •   January 21, 2024

How to print soup recipes. I always do this so what has been changed that after pressing the print option, no print option shows?…

Joy McCarthy   •   January 22, 2024

Orah   •   January 22, 2024

Got recipe now, thanks! Looking forward to making the soup,

Joy McCarthy   •   January 31, 2024

andrea   •   February 22, 2024

if I add collard greens and leaks to this soup do you think it will still taste good?

Joy McCarthy   •   February 23, 2024

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