Sometimes all I really want is soup. Today, all I really wanted was soup. So I made some. However, I couldn’t be bothered to brave the cold and visit the shops so I had to work with what I had (not a lot!) But I love that kind of cooking – a Sunday afternoon challenge to see what I can pull together and soup in particular is perfect for veg on the turn!
- 1 small butternut squash
- 1 large or 2 medium potatoes
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 1 garlic clove crushed
- 3 small tomatoes
- 1 1/2 – vegetable stock (using a stock cube)
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tbsp crushed coriander seeds / coriander powder
- 1 chilli diced (or chilli powder)
- Start by sweating the onions and garlic down over a medium heat in a frying pan until soft (around 5-10 minutes)
- Add the spices and chilli and give it a good stir, cooking for a further 1-2 mins before adding the diced butternut squash, potatoes and tomatoes and let it all cook for around 5 mins, stirring frequently so that it doesn’t catch.
- Pour in the stock (judge how much you need – it should just cover the veg.
- Stick on the lid and simmer gently for around 20 mins or until the veg is soft.
- Let it cool slightly before whizzing with a food processor or hand blender until smooth.
- Season with salt and cracked black pepper and if you want, a swirl of crème fraiche.
And that’s it – so quick and easy! I love soup and usually make chunky soups but this one is definitely a smooth soup so make sure you really whizz it up until smooth. Although I occasionally treat myself to a covent garden soup, I can’t understand why people buy the tinned stuff. For the most part it tastes nasty and soup is just so easy and cheap to make yourself!
I’m entering this recipe into the vegetarian soup and salad blog challenge ‘no croutons required‘ which is run by fabulous bloggers Tinned Tomatoes and Lisa’s Kitchen. These blog link ups are such a great place to look for inspiration and find new blogs to read too! This month its being hosted by Lisa’s Kitchen so do pop over and take a look. This month its all about winter warmers so if I do say so myself, my spicy butternut quash soup ticks all the boxes!