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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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24th Nov, 2011
Absolutely FANtastic!! I doubled up the recipe so hubby would have some for work the next day, worked perfectly. Flavours are subtle, but really flavoursome. Consistency is good although I found I used 100ml less stock than stated in the recipe, but that could've been due to the veg being slightly smaller than called for in the recipe, either way, just play it by ear...add less to begin with but once puréed you can add more whilst re-heating to reach preferred consistency. Served it with homemade olive, red pepper & sundried tomato bread, the whole shabang was delicious...I
18th Nov, 2011
I followed the recipe to the letter and can honestly say this is the best soup I've made and thoroughly enjoyable. The only problem is I have to keep making huge batches of it so that my daughter can take it to work for lunch every day!!! The perfect soup for the cold weather.
12th Nov, 2011
Absolutely love this recipe! Have varied the amount of chilli a few times and am never disappointed. Must say I never blend the soup though, it seems to be fashionable to do so at the moment. The chunkier the better!
10th Nov, 2011
I Love this soup it is fab! My whole family thought it was brilliant.
8th Nov, 2011
Delicious soup! Did change it slightly though. First, I sweated the onion on low heat until soft and only then did I add the garlic etc... Substituted sweet potatoes for the potatoes and omitted the carrots. Added a whole red chili, some cayenne pepper instead of chili powder and less stock, because I like my soups a bit thicker. It smelled SO great, and was nice and spicy. Definitely a keeper!
3rd Nov, 2011
I followed the recipe exactly and it was very very nice. I shall make it again!
28th Oct, 2011
Gordon Bennett! I've just polished off a huge bowl of this with a sandwich for lunch! Can heartily recommend it, spicy, lovely. I didn't have any celery but it was fine all the same!!! Will definitely be doing this one again!!
28th Oct, 2011
A wonderful spicy soup for a cold day - used other squash as well. Onion squash and crown prince are particularly good
11th Oct, 2011
I have only recently started cooking soups and this was my first! We loved it and is now a regular for our evening meals :) A great tasting soup, as someone else mentioned I used a whole chilli but this is just purely for our taste.
1st Sep, 2011
Excellent recipe. Quick, simple and tasty.


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