There is nothing better than a bowl of warm soup and fresh bread on a day that you need a pick me up, or watching movies on a cold (or warm day). Going through My Culinary Adventure, my next phase is soups. Trying my hand at potato & leek soup and now butternut soup.
I use soup to save time by making it in larger quantities and freezing it in individual servings, ready for a light meal or as a packed lunch. What I also like is the fact that I know exactly what is added to my meal and there is no extra preservatives or salt added.
I used the ratio of 1kg of butternut to 1litre of water and added paprika instead of cyanne pepper. I also used the black pepper instead of white pepper.
|Prep time||30 minutes|
|Cook time||1 hour|
|Total time||1 hour, 30 minutes|
|Meal type||Soup, Starter|
|Occasion||Casual Party, Christmas, Formal Party|
- 1 Medium Onion (Chopped)
- Olive Oil
- 1kg Butternut (Peeled and cubed)
- 1l Boiling water
- Salt and Pepper
- Whipping cream
|Heat your pot on medium heat, add the olive oil. When the oil is hot enough add the onions and sweat them. Don't brown it. Optional: add garlic to add extra flavour|
|Once the onions are transparent, add the butternut and brown them slightly|
|Add the boiling water and boil the butternut until soft. At this point, season your soup with salt, pepper and paprika to taste|
|When the butternut is soft, remove it from the water and puree in in a blender. The butternut will be very hot so be careful when using the blending. Add some of the left over water to thin out the soup.|
|Once this is done add it back to the pot and let it simmer. If it needs more seasoning do so now, and if more water needs to be added, do this as well. Not too much or it will be too watery|
|At this point you can either serve your soup or let the soup cool down for freezing|
|Remove from heat and just before serving, if the soup is warm enough, spoon in a few table spoons of whipping cream to the pot and stir through. Spoon into individual bowls|
|Season with black pepper and garnish with some chives or coriander|
This recipe calls for a blender, don't worry if you don't have a blender, a hand blender works just as well. Or use a fork to mash the vegetables