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Butternut and Orange Soup

 
Butternut and Orange Soup


 

Spiced Butternut and Orange Soup

Prep Time ~ 15min Cooking Time ~ 40min
Approx Cost ~ £? Difficulty ~ Easy
Freeze ~ Yes Serves ~ 4-6

 

Tip ~ The soup can also be frozen at stage 7, then defrosted and follow stage 8 to serve.

Ingredients

2 medium carrots, approx. 275g / 10oz, roughly chopped

700g / 1 ½ lb butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded and chopped

2 large leeks, approx. 225g / 8oz roughly chopped

1 large onion, chopped

1.5 litres / 2 pints 10floz hot vegetable stock

2 bay leaves

1 tablespoon mild curry paste

Grated zest and juice of 1 large orange

6 tablespoons half fat crème fraiche and a handful of basil leaves to garnish

 

Method

1.    Preheat the oven to 170C / 150C Fan oven / Gas mark 3.

2.    Put the carrots, butternut squash, leek, onion, stock, bay leaves, curry paste, orange zest and juice in a large flameproof casserole

3.    Season and stir together, then put on a low to medium heat and bring the soup to a gentle simmer.

4.    Cover the casserole, and simmer for 35 - 45 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

5.    Discard the bay leaves.

6.    Using a hand held blender, blend the soup until smooth.

7.    At this point you can cool the soup quickly and pour into a plastic container, cover a chill for up to 3 days.

8.    To serve reheat gently, serve in bowls garnished with a spoonful of crème fraiche swirled on top and garnished with basil leaves.