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Spicy butternut squash soup

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Serves 8

A spicy and warming soup, great for when its cold outside!

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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • sprig of rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1/2 medium chilli
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cubed
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • pinch cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • pinch smoked paprika
  • 2 pints veg/chicken stock


    1. Heat oil in a large saucepan and add garlic, chilli, paprika, bay, rosemary and cumin seeds and heat for 30seconds (do not colour, you only want to release the flavours).
    2. Add all the remaining ingredients apart from the stock.
    3. Saute the vegetables for 2 minutes until they are fully coated in the spices.
    4. Add the stock, turn down the heat and allow the soup to simmer for about 45 mins.
    5. Allow the soup to cool and then blend with a hand whisk, until free of lumps. If the soup is too thick add a little more stock until you have the desired consistancy.
    6. Reheat when ready to serve and eat with a big hunk of crusty bread, delicious!

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10th May, 2012
Easy to make and completely delicious. An excellent recipe.
3rd May, 2012
Great recipe!! I had half a swede to use up so substituted this for the potato and as I hadn't got any carrots, used two parsnips instead. Verdict? Just as delicious as ever. : )
26th Apr, 2012
Believe it or not this the my first ever soup and it was delicious! A great recipe!! Used Basil instead of Bay Leaves.
17th Apr, 2012
Lovely heart warming soup. Had 2 small squash, instead of 1 medium,& only chilli powder & flakes, no fresh chilli, but worked well, great kick to it. Made over 2 litres of soup, i also worked out the calories per 100 grams/mls ,obviously could vary slightly depending on size of veg. (& my calculations could be off as the values for squash seem to vary, peeled or unpeeled not always specified !)So at most 53calories, 7grms of carbs, .8grms protein, 1.3grms of fat per 100 grams,i think. Thanks for great recipe x
12th Feb, 2012
Delicious hearty soup! i also used a whole chilli and swapped celery for a red pepper for a bit of colour. Bit random but a sprinkling of cheese when served is nice too!
12th Feb, 2012
Delicious hearty soup! I also used a whole chilli and swapped celery for a red pepper for a bit of colour.
12th Feb, 2012
This soup is brilliant! Not only suitable for guests as a starter when having a dinner party, but also very useful as a really healthy any-day lunch! I'm following a weight loss programme, tweaked the recipe slightly by using just one tablespoon of olive oil instead of two, weighed the ingredients (1kg prepared weight of butternut squash, 100g carrots, 235g potato) and worked out the points to be only 12 for the whole vat of soup! :-) So I'm a happy bunny... freezes well too, so out it comes for lunch if I want to save up my points for the evening! By the way, used just a little chilli powder for guests (just in case), but went heavy on the heat with two small hot red chillis instead for my husband and me!
11th Feb, 2012
Gorgeous soup but not a great fan of Rosemary so would leave this out next time
31st Jan, 2012
Delicious. Used a couple of handfuls of red lentils instead of a potato.
11th Dec, 2011
Delicious soup! Unfortunately I decided I knew best and that spicy never means spicy in recipes so I added a whole chilli. My mouth is on fire but it is still yummy! Will definitely make again with a little less spice. :-)


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