Acorn Squash & Chinese Five-Spice Soup

This is one of my all-time favorite soups, especially in the fall. The acorn squash, pear, and Chinese 5-spice are just MAGICAL flavors together.

Acorn Squash & Chinese Five-Spice Soup

Veggies | Fruit | Protein | Fat
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 3
Recipe From: Katie’s Conscious Kitchen



  • 1 acorn squash 1.5 to 2 lb squash
  • 1/2 of a yellow onion, diced 5 oz
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced 3 oz
  • 1/2 lb shiitake mushrooms, sliced 8 oz


  • 2 cans adzuki beans, drained 18 oz


  • 1.5 Tbsp olive oil for the soup
  • 1.5 Tbsp sesame oil for the mushrooms


  • 2 ripe pears 9 oz

Condiments & Spices

  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger minced or grated
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1/4 tsp good quality sea salt
  • 2 tsp fresh lime juice
  • soy sauce or tamari for gf


  • Preheat the oven to 400ยฐ. Cut the acorn squash in half, scoop out the seeds with a spoon, and roast face down on a piece of parchment paper, lightly sprayed with oil, salt, and pepper if desired. Roast for 30-40 minutes, until soft.
  • Sautรฉ the onions and peppers in the 1.5 Tbsp olive oil for about 10 minutes, or until the onions begin to brown.
  • Add the ginger and garlic and sautรฉ for 1 more minute over medium heat.
  • Stirring often, add the salt, five-spice, and pear, and cook for another minute before adding the vegetable stock. Cover and bring to a boil.
  • Lower the heat to medium low and simmer for about 10-15 more minutes, or until the pears are tender.
  • If you are going to purรฉe some of the soup, purรฉe half of it now, either using an immersion blender or by transferring half of it to a blender.
  • Add the adzuki beans to the soup. Cover and simmer over low heat until the beans are heated, about 5 minutes. Thin with extra broth if the soup is too thick.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the mushrooms. In a cast iron skillet or other kind of skillet, heat the 1.5 tablespoons of sesame oil over medium heat. Brown the mushrooms for about 5 minutes.
  • Add a splash of soy sauce and lime and stir until combined.
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  1. Anonymous

    PERFECT timing!! I have some adzuki beans in my pantry and have had no idea what to do with them. This looks delicious! Thanks Katie – love all the how to pictures.

  2. Ann T

    Hi Katie! What is Chinese 5 spice?

    Sent from Mrs T


    • If you look in any spice section of any grocery store you should be able to find it. It’s a particular spice blend.

  3. Patricia

    So this makes 3 servings total, right? How much does 1 serving approximately weigh?

    • 1 serving approximately weighs 1 lb, 2 oz. Sorry, I forgot to add that into the recipe. I’ll edit that right now. Thanks!

  4. Lisa

    Wonderful recipe. Thanks so much for posting this !

  5. Delicious recipe.Thanks for sharing!!

  6. YUMMMM! Such intriguing flavors. The pear with the five spice with the sesame/soy shiitake. SOOO good Katie! This takes a while to make, but it felt very nurturing to do all the prep on this dreary Friday! I did about 1/2 puree using the immersion blender in the pot – just like your pictures.

  7. Sarah

    This is my favorite recipe so far! Took me a while to make but so worth it! Buying veggies presliced will make a big difference. Used navy beans because I could not find adzuki anywhere. Are they hard to find or partial to health food stores? Other than the mushrooms is there any reason not to do this on a slow cooker?

    • I know, it’s hard to find adzuiki beans for some reason. I think we finally found them at whole foods. Sometimes they are in natural food sections. I don’t think there’s any reason not to do this one in a slow cooker, let me know how it goes!

  8. Megan Szar

    Made this today – delicioussss combo of flavors, especially the hint of pear against everything else. I blended half and like that because it made it a think soup with just a bit of chunkines. I used black beans, garbanzo, and pinto, and it still turned out well.

  9. I thought this was delicious!!! I like texture so I did not blend 1/2.

  10. shannon

    OH WOW! Does this look good! Thank you, Katie! You’re always so precise with your recipes and I appreciate it! I’m getting back on the BLE train and I’m planning out my meals for this next week. Can’t wait to try this one out!

  11. Anonymous

    Do you think I could use other spices than Chinese 5 spice?

    • The Chinese 5 spice is what makes this soup so freaking yummy, in my opinion. You could swap it with something else, but it would be a pretty different soup. Maybe garam masala or curry powder?

  12. Jenny

    I had never used Chinese 5 Spice. I agree with you, Katie, this spice makes this dish! So unique and deeeeelish!!

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