Butternut Soup

A hearty butternut soup that’s perfect as a starter or as a meal on it’s own with some freshly baked bread.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ½ kg butternut squash
  • 2 large brown onions, finely chopped
  • 3 small garlic cloves, finely chopped or 1 elephant garlic clove
  • 500 ml  chicken stock
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 250ml water
  • 3 small strong green chilies or 1  large  jalapeno, no pips, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp melted butter
  • 250ml fresh pouring cream

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Peel and pip the butternuts, and cut it into about 5cm square chunks.
  2. Peel and chop the onions quite finely.
  3. Chop the garlic very finely, or push through a garlic press.
  4. Halve the Jalapeno pepper or green chillies and scrape out all the pips. Chop the green flesh very finely.
  5. Put the onions, garlic and chillies into the melted butter in a saucepan on a moderate heat and cook until the onions are soft and transparent. Add the lemon juice and chicken stock and stir until well mixed.
  6. Add the water and the cubes of butternut, and simmer until the soup is thick and all the ingredients are well blended together, about 1 hour.
  7. Liquidise and serve hot with a swirl or two of fresh cream into the centre of each bowl of soup.