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Apple & Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 minutes Cook: 40 minutes

Skill level

More effort

Servings

Serves 8

A Spanish influenced soup. Sweet, sour, spicy & smokey soup, with salty panchetta and apple sticks. Mmmmm!

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Ingredients

  • 250g Finely Diced Panchetta
  • 2 Celery Sticks, Chopped
  • 1 Medium Carrot, Peeled & Chopped
  • 1 Medium Onion, Chopped
  • 2 1/2 tsp Ras el-Hanout
  • 1/2 Green Chili, Deseeded & Finely Diced
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 Medium Potatoes, Peeled & Diced
  • 2 Large Butternut Squash, Peeled, Cored & Diced
  • 250ml Cider
  • 450ml Chicken/Veg Stock
  • 100ml Soured Cream
  • 2 1/2 Medium Granny Smith Apples, Peeled & Chopped
  • 1/2 Granny Smith Apple, Sliced Thin Like Matchsticks
  • Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200oC. Drizzle about 2 tbsp olive oil over the diced butternut squash and mix well to fully coat. Roast in a deep tray for 15-20 mins until tender.

  2. Heat 2 Tbsp Olive oil in a large saucepan on a medium-high heat, and cook diced panchetta until crisp. Set aside on paper towl to cool and drain off the grease.

  3. Turn the heat down to medium and in the same saucepan using any leftover oil and bacon juices, cook celery, carrots & onions until soft. About 10-12 minutes.

  4. Add Ras el-Hanout, paprika & chili and cook for a further minute, keep stirring.

  5. Remove the Squash from the oven and drain off any excess oil.

  6. Turn the heat to high and add the butternut squash, potatoes & apples to the pan along with the cider. Allow the alcohol to cook off (About 8-10 minutes)

  7. Add the stock and cook for a further 10-15 minutes until the apple & vegetables are nice and tender. Add a good pinch a salt & pepper.

  8. Blend the soup with a hand blender, or in a food processor until smooth and add soured cream.. Stir well and taste to check seasoning.

  9. Serve with diced panchetta scattered on top and a few matchsticks of fresh apple.

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