Butternut Squash Soup Recipe
Here's a recipe for butternut squash soup that is simple to make and tastes delicious. But before I share the recipe with you all, I just
wanted to say a few words about the latest trend that is sweeping the country.
Get ready for Souping!
According to a number of reports in the press recently, in 2015 'Souping' is set to replace 'Juicing' as the must-follow health craze. Can it be the case that soup is a better way to cleanse the mind, body and soul?
Well, based on a quick Googling session, it seems apparent that souping does have a couple of advantages over juicing. Notwithstanding the many health benefits that fruit juice does provide, a big drawback is the high level of sugar present in a relatively small amount of liquid, sometimes as much as a can of coke. Also, souping retains the nutritious fibre that the juicing process just happily discards. So, according to the experts on the Internet at least, soup has most of the benefits of juicing and fewer of the drawbacks. Hooray!
As is always the way, with the advent of a new fad, comes the inevitable wave of books and gadgets designed to help us follow said fad. I'm sure many of you have a juicer or two in the kitchen... well get ready to make space for a soup maker. And, I can talk from personal experience here, if you're serious about making soup this particular gadget will make your life a whole lot easier.
They are very easy to use. Simply bung your prepared vegetables into the machine, add stock and then turn it on. Then, leave the machine to do its magic and, half an hour later, you have a generous portion of hot, delicious soup waiting for you.
Morphy Richards Soup Maker
I've been using a Morphy Richards soup maker for the last six months (and before you say it, I'm not being paid to say this... unfortunately!). It's basically a large stainless-steel kettle with a removable lid that houses the powerful blender. It can make smooth or chunky soup with the touch of a button and, more often than not, produces a delicious soup that is hot and nourishing.
Sure, sometimes it throws a strop: I've never managed to make tomato soup successfully. It always just burns on the bottom of the maker which then requires a lot of scrubbing to remove - anyone know what I'm doing wrong? That aside, it's been a great purchase and I've had soup for lunch pretty much every day since I bought it.
Delicious Homemade Butternut Squash Soup
One of my favourites, and the one I'm going to share with you today, is my recipe for butternut squash soup. It took a while for me to work out a combination of ingredients that worked for me both in terms of convenience and taste but eventually I got there. I think this soup rivals anything I've tasted before either in a restaurant or in a supermarket.
For the recipe instructions, I'll assume you'll be using a soup maker. If you don't have a soup maker, just use a saucepan big enough for all the ingredients and then use a hand held blender to blitz it all together once the ingredients are properly cooked.
Whichever way you make it, I hope you enjoy the soup! Here's the recipe....
- 500g butternut squash flesh, seeds removed (I buy Tesco ready prepared butternut squash packs)
- 450g ready diced onion (again, available at Tesco)
- 2 x Knorr Chicken Stock Pots
- a squeeze of garlic puree
- a couple of generous pinches of Maldon sea salt
- freshly ground pepper
- approx. 1 1/2 pints cold water (this is the amount of water required to take the level in my Morphy Richards soup maker to the max level once all the other ingredients have been added - the amount of water needed in other soup makers will probably be different with other machines)
- optional 1 tablespoon oil (for frying onion)
- For best results, start by frying the onion in the oil. You could skip this step if you are in a hurry or want to reduce the calories.
- Once the onion has a nice brown colour, transfer to the soup maker.
- Add all the other ingredients (except the water).
- Fill soup maker with water to the required level.
- Choose the setting for a smooth soup.
- Let the machine do its stuff.
- Wait for the machine to beep.
- Pour into a soup bowl. Add more seasoning if desired.
- Serve with crusty bread and a sprinkling of good quality cheese.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 4 portions