I don’t usually do recipes on here because I am such an awful cook. But, sometime over the past 7 days I must have received a bash on the head because suddenly I have managed two great meals.
I know they were great because The Husband who never ever gives a compliment unless totally and utterly necessary told me on Sunday that my beef stew was the tastiest thing I’d ever cooked.
With a spring in my step and a bit of renewed vigour (amazing what a compliment can do) I decided to make Spicy Butternut Squash Soup on Monday. Another hit.
Last night he told me my soup was nice. Coming from a man who normally musters an ‘alright’ at his most enthusiastic I did laps round the house naked in an apron … or I would have done had the children been in bed and the neighbours not able to see in through our kitchen window.
So whilst I am still riding high on this cooking malarkey, I’m sure it won’t last, I want to share my recipe for Spicy Butternut Squash Soup.
2 tbsp olive oil
sprig of rosemary
2 bay leaves
3 garlic cloves crushed
1/2 medium chilli
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed (I roasted mine but you don’t have to)
2 carrots chopped
1 large potato, peeled and cubed
2 celery sticks
1 medium onion, chopped
pinch cumin seed
1/2 tsp chilli powder
2 pints chicken stock
What I did …
I heated the oil in a large saucepan and added the garlic, chilli, paprika, bay, rosemary and cumin seeds.
After 30 seconds I added the remaining ingredients apart from the stock.
Next I sauted the vegetables for 2 minutes until they were fully coated in the spices.
Then I added the stock, turned down the heat and let the soup to simmer for 45 minutes. Once the time was up I turned the heat off and allowed the soup to cool before blending with a hand whisk.
I reheated it later and we ate is with a big crusty chunks of bread!
I’d just like to add that I have failed with my photography … just before English Mum points it out in the comments. I didn’t remember to take the final lovely bowl with crusty bread shot. Shoot me.
If any of you have any soup recipes feel free to leave me a link in the comments. I think I’ll be making lots of soup this Autumn and Winter.