Spicy Butternut and Coconut Soup

Spicy Butternut and Coconut Soup

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There’s just something about a butternut squash that lends itself to soup…am I right? I usually am (ask the hubby) This was one of them recipes which I spent years perfecting I made up as I went along but it ended up being so scrumptious that I had to wrack my brains to remember what I did so I can make it again, also The Bestie sampled said soup and demanded the recipe at spoon-point (spoon point is a soup’y version of knife point, less threatening but still instills a level of fear that’s uncomfortable).

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Recipe

This recipe made enough for 8 people (or 6 hungry grown men, or me for a couple of days)

  • 1 Butternut (prepared as below)
  • 2 Onions finely sliced (whichever colour, I used red because they are pretty and I am that shallow)
  • 2 Red Sweet Peppers deseeded and finely sliced
  • 1 Red Chilli deseeded and chopped into teeny tiny pieces
  • a fat thumb sized piece of Ginger chopped up like the chilli
  • half a tsp Turmeric
  • 2 tsp Very Lazy lemongrass paste
  • 1 can Coconut Milk (I used low fat)
  • Fry Light or a dash of Oil
  • 1 litre Stock (I used chicken as I find veg too sweet)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Prepare the butternut like this:

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This is a cheeky screen shot from my other butternut recipe…if you click on it you will be transported to another way to make soup with a butternut squash!

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Method

  • In a heavy based saucepan gently soften the onions
  • Add the peppers, ginger, chilli, turmeric and lemongrass.
  • Pop on the lid and cook it all on low for a few minutes, stir regularly to make sure that nothing is burning.
  • Once you have a delicious smelling soft mash in your pan, add the butternut flesh and stock and simmer for about ten minutes.
  • Now just BLITZ IT BABY!

I use a stick blender, it just means there’s no messy, awkward decanting to do. Once you’re well blended and silky smooth, add your coconut milk. This will transform the flavour of your soup, making it devilishly rich and sumptuous….oooh a little bit of Nigella just popped out there!

Serve with bread if you like, but if I’m honest it’s pretty filling on it’s own.

Let me know if you try the recipe and enjoy it 🙂

 

 

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