One thing I have been loving lately is soup, I eat lots of it during the winter months all homemade which if you have the time its well worth making your own. It tastes better contains no sugar (well mine don't) and has less salt which can only be a good thing. I like my soup thick and full of flavour and I find squashes are great for getting a soup thick and I love the flavour of them when mixed with chilli or spices so this is how the following soup came about. Making this soup takes under an hour and there is enough to feed 6 or use it for meals the following days which is what we do, I make a big batch then we eat it until its gone or you could freeze it if you like.
This soup is filled with healthy veggies which keeps it low fat, chilli and lemons which are great for this time of year to ward off colds. If your looking for a new soup recipe look no further because this one is delicious!
Butternut Squash, Chilli and Lemon Soup
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 red onions, diced
3 garlic cloves, crushed
3 celery sticks, diced
2 large carrots, diced
1/2 small swede, diced
1 large butternut squash, cubed
1 small sweet potato, cubed
1 fresh chilli or 1 tsp chilli flakes (I used flakes)
salt and pepper
In a large cooking pot add olive oil and place over a low heat, add in onion and garlic (and fresh chilli if you are using it), let it sweat for 3-4 minutes.
Add in celery, carrots and swede and coat in the onion mix and leave to cook over a low heat for 4-5 minutes.
Add in butternut squash, sweet potato and a full kettle of boiling water plus the chilli flakes, salt and pepper then turn up the heat and bring back to the boil.
Once boiling leave to simmer for 40-45 minutes or until squash is nice and soft, cool for at least 20 minutes then with a hand blender whizz it up until smooth. If your hand blender is plastic you may have to wait until the soup is completely cool, you don't want the plastic to melt!
When the soup is ready to serve squeeze half a lemon into it and give the soup a quick stir.
Serve with crusty bread or alone.
Mmmmm I have to make this again just writing this recipe makes me want to eat it, adding the lemon at the end makes the taste stronger and the soup tastes so fresh its gorgeous!
Whats your favourite soup flavours?