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  • Seasonal local food recipe No.127: Spiced squash (or pumpkin) soup

    Posted on December 22nd, 2011 charlotte No comments

    This warming, spicy soup is a great antidote to rich, Christmas food. It’s an adaptation of a couple of classic recipes, using the squash or pumpkin as well as chillies, carrots, onions, garlic and parsley from this week’s Christmas vegetable boxes.

    Serves: 4

    Preparation: 20 mins
    Cooking time: 35 mins

    Ingredients
    750g squash or pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and diced
    2 tbsp olive oil
    2 tsp ground cumin
    1 tbsp ground coriander 
    1 fresh red or green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
    2 onions, peeled and chopped
    2 carrots peeled and chopped
    1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
    1.25 litres vegetable or chicken stock
    Lemon juice
    Flat-leaf parsley or chopped chives

    Method
    Preheat the oven to 180°c/gas 4.

    Peel the squash or pumpkin, remove the stringy bits and seeds and discard them. Chop it into cubes and put in a roasting tray mixed with 1 tbsp of the olive oil, the garlic and the spices. Cook in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until soft and brown at the edges.

    Place a pan on a medium heat with the remaining olive oil. Add the carrot, onion, celery and chilli and sweat until softened but not coloured. Then mix in the roasted squash or pumpkin and the stock.

    Bring to the boil, then simmer for about 10 minutes until all the vegetables are soft and cooked through.

    Blitz with a hand blender or in a food processor until smooth. Taste and season with salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice, then sprinkle with some chopped parsley or chives.

    Serve with a swirl of creme fraiche and a scattering of toasted pumpkin seeds or crispy bacon pieces.

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