Moroccan Butternut Squash Soup & cooking with astrology

This month for Cooking with Astrology, we are celebrating our Scorpio friends with a wonderful Moroccan meal….. that is inspired by Ryan Gosling!

Tonight’s meal starts with this creamy, Moroccan Butternut Squash Soup that is sprinkled with goat cheese…..

moroccan butternut squash soup

Believe it or not, this soup is lactose free!  Did you know that any cheese aged for more than 45 days, is considered lactose free?  This goat cheese was even labeled “Lactose Free”.  I cannot remember the name of the brand right now, but I will add it after I find out. 🙂

This soup is flavored with a Moroccan spice mixture that is easy to create, and tomato paste.  I could not find Harissa, so I opted to use my favorite Chili Garlic Paste from the Asian section of the grocery store.  It sounded close enough!

So why did I choose Ryan Gosling over all of the other Scorpios?  Hey Girl…..

Hey Girl Holiday Gift

I absolutely love these crazy photos on pinterest!  He owns a Moroccan restaurant in Los Angeles named Tagine, so that sealed the deal!  I just love it when everything falls into place.

cooking with astrology scorpio

The most difficult part about this meal, was finding anything Moroccan!  The spices, ingredients, even place mats were no where to be found.  So I kept things pretty simple, and I will include all of the substitutions that I made.  That incredibly delicious entree is Chicken Tagine with Olives & Lemons.  For dessert we have a Moroccan Orange Cake…..

moroccan orange cake

and then an Avocado & Date Smoothie for breakfast…..

avocado and date smoothie

My best friend Michelle is a Scorpio, so I ran most of these recipe ideas by her for her approval. 🙂

Okay, let’s get down to businesses.  Scorpio runs from October 23rd thru November 21st.  The symbol of the Scorpio is a scorpion.  Their ruling planet it Pluto.  Is Pluto still a planet?    Their element is Water, and the body part that is ruled, is the reproductive organs.    So it’s all about getting Scorpio in the mood!

hey girls sleeping beautys castle

Scorpio is the solar opposite of Taurus (me), so half of our personalities are very similar…..that’s why we get along so well!  The other half, is completely opposite!  Scorpios do best when paired with a Virgo, Capricorn, Pisces, or Cancer.  They should avoid relationships with Aries and Gemini.

How about a fun graphic to explain the personality traits of Scorpios…..


Seriously, isn’t Pinterest awesome?  This is an excellent meal by the way, and I cannot wait to share all of the recipes over the next week.

I hope everyone enjoys it!

Moroccan Butternut Squash Soup

Serves 4
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 1 hour
Total time 1 hour, 15 minutes
Meal type Soup
Creamy Moroccan Butternut Squash Soup with goat cheese. Perfect way to start a winter meal.


  • 1 Large yellow onion (chopped)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Pounds butternut squash (peeled, seeded, chopped into 1 1/2-inch chunks)
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon La Kama Spice Mixture (*see below)
  • 4 Cups hot water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (or full fat coconut milk (can))
  • 1/4 Pound goat cheese (crumbled)
  • 1 teaspoon harissa paste (*see below)
  • sea salt & fresh ground pepper (to taste)


moroccan butternut squash soup onions
In a large Dutch oven, toss together onion, kosher salt, and olive oil. Cover and steam over medium-low heat until the onion is soft, about 10 minutes.
moroccan butternut squash soup squash
Add the squash, cover with a sheet of parchment paper and a lid, and steam for 20 minutes.
moroccan butternut squash soup simmer
Add the tomato paste, spices, and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat ad simmer until the squash is tender, about 20 minutes.
moroccan butternut squash soup puree
Remove from heat and puree with an immersion blender until smooth. Or puree in a blender in small batches.
moroccan butternut squash soup cream
Add the cream, three-quarters of the crumbled cheese, and the harissa*. Puree until velvety smooth.
moroccan butternut squash soup
Season with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with remaining cheese.


*La Kama Spice Mixture -
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cubeb pepper (I used chili powder)
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Mix spices together, and store in a sealed jar in a cool, dark place.

*Harissa - I could not find this in Iowa, so I substituted Chili Garlic Paste (from the Asian food section).

This recipe will be partying at these link parties!


  1. says

    This soup sounds fantastic! I’m totally in love with Moroccan food but never make it at home because ingredients are hard to track down. But this soup is too good to resist 🙂 Putting it on my meal plan next week–and PS that orange cake is GORGEOUS! PPS: Ryan Gosling owns a Moroccan restaurant? Is there anything this man can’t do?
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  2. says

    Nommmm!! This sounds so delicious. I love butternut squash soup and make it the same way – in my dutch oven and then I blend it. Chèvre is my one of my fave cheeses and sounds like a wonderful addition so I am totally trying that next time!! Pinning and sharing this now! xo
    {PS: I also have that same bundt pan but I have a bundt pan problem. lol}

  3. says

    I made an African butternut squash soup once and it was delish, so I’ll be pinning this one, too!
    I have to be honest, I read the whole post, but I’m still stuck on the fact about cheeses aged for more than 45 days being lactose free! Plus I just like goat cheese but dare not bring it into my house (hubby isn’t a fan!).
    Thanks for sharing this and for being a part of the Daily Blog Boost! 🙂
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  4. says

    I love Moroccan cuisine. The soup sounds delicious.
    I haven’t cooked with harissa, I know my brother loves it and buys it from his local Whole Foods (now available where I live but I am sure they ship). I was just at a specialized olive oil store and was looking at Harissa Olive Oil. Now I am thinking I should give it a try.

    Cooking with astrology? How fun! I am off to see if there is a libra post:)


  5. says

    Lisa, that soup looks amazing and what a great post! Being such an astrology buff myself, I just LOVE your cooking with astrology posts so much! The Ryan Gosling photos were definitely the icing on the cake. 😉 Pinning and buffering!

  6. says

    Lisa, I’m really enjoying your Cooking Astrology!! The Ryan Gosling pictures are pretty good too! This soup is gorgeous! Man that color! I would love to try this on my family! Thanks for sharing at Saturday Night Fever!


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