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This gorgeous butternut squash soup makes the perfect autumn or winter supper dish and it also works as a tasty dinner party starter.
Serves: 6-8
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 1 hr 30 mins
Total time: 1 hr 40 mins
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Cheap as chips

 

Ingredients

 

    • 2 butternut squashes, each about 1kg (2¼lb)

 

    • 30g (1oz) butter

 

    • 1tbsp light olive oil

 

    • 2 onions, peeled and chopped

 

    • 1-2tbsp chopped fresh thyme

 

    • 2 vegetable stock cubes

 

    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

    • Croutons and sprigs of thyme, to serve

 

 

Method

 

 

    1. Set the oven to 190°C or gas mark 5.

 

    1. Cut the butternut squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Place the halves, cut-side down, on the buttered baking parchment. Roast the squash in the centre of the oven for about an hour, or until they are tender. Remove the squash from the oven and leave them until they are cool enough to handle.

 

    1. Heat the butter and oil in a large pan, add onion and cook over a medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5-8 mins, or until onion has softened but not coloured. Scoop butternut squash flesh out of skins, add flesh to pan and discard skins. Cook for 1-2 mins, then add the thyme and stock cubes to the pan. Pour in 1 litre (1¾ pints) boiling water, and stir until stock cubes have dissolved. Bring soup to the boil; simmer for 20 mins, until vegetables are tender. Remove pan from heat; leave soup to cool slightly.

 

    1. Purée the soup in a blender or food processor until it’s smooth, and season it to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

 

    1. Reheat the soup before serving. It will be quite thick, so dilute to the desired thickness by adding some boiling water.

 

    1. Serve the soup with croutons and sprigs of thyme, and grind over some black pepper.

 

 

Nutritional information per portion

 

 

fat 5.0g calories 132(kcal)

 

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.