I’m in a very autumnal frame of mind at the minute. I’m home alone this week so I’m not so keen on the howling wind and getting dark early part but I do love walking through the leaves and huddling up inside in the warm. I find that although I’m happy to eat sandwiches for lunch throughout the summer come autumn I feel the need for soup. The warmth you can gain from a bowl of soup and lovely buttery bread is better than the central heating sometimes! I’ve usually been a Heinz fan but this autumn I’m really enjoying making my own soups. The latest one is this Spicy Butternut Squash Soup. It’s not actually what I would call spicy, the chilli comes as a lovely wash of heat over your tongue and complements the mellowness of the butternut wonderfully. Plus I like the colour!
1 butternut squash (about 1kg)
2 onions, diced
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 chilli, finely chopped (mine was quite hot, if yours are milder then add 2)
1 1/2 pints hot vegetable stock
4 tbsp creme fraiche
– Heat the oven to gas mark 6.
– Peel and chop the butternut squash into chunks. (I slice mine in half above the seeds then quarter it vertically, scoop out the seeds in that half and then chop into slices no bigget than 2 cm thick. Then I use a vegetable peeler to take off the skin.)
– Place in a roasting tin and toss in a little olive oil.
– Roast in the oven for 30 minutes.
– In the meantime prep your onions, garlic and chilli then put it all in a large pan with a knob of butter and a splash of oil.
– Keep on a very low heat for about 20 minutes until the onions are completely soft.
– Take the squash out of the oven and tip into the pan.
– Add the stock and creme fraiche and stir a little to start mixing it.
– Then take a hand blender and blend the soup until smooth.
– Reheat it when you’re ready to serve.