What to do with 3kg of butternut? Last week I bought a bag of butternuts at our local store for a real bargain price of R35,99. In total 7 small butternuts just right when halved for a portion filled with your favourite filling.
I decided to use half of the bag for my delicious roasted butternut soup. If you double up on the recipe you can freeze and have a quick meal when binge watching leaves little time for cooking! The other half I shall use for a vegetarian meal. See our tasty butternut tartlets on this blog as well. Here is the very easy recipe for a spicy butternut soup.
Serves 4, Prepare time: 15 min, Cook time: 35 min
- 1 medium butternut squash
- 1 1/2 tbsp of avocado oil (or vegetable oil)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1–2 tbsp of red curry paste
- 1 tsp curry powder medium strength
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper
- 1-litre vegetable stock
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp honey, agave…etc.)
- Coconut milk, fresh coriander leaves & sesame seeds to garnish (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C and line a baking pan with parchment paper.
- Cut the squash in half and place face down on the baking pan. Bake for 25-35 minutes until the squash is tender.
- Add the avocado oil to a pot on medium-high heat.
- Once heated, add the onions and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and add the garlic.
- Using a spoon, remove seeds from the squash, and then scoop out the squash into the pot. Discard the squash shells.
- Mix everything together well then add the curry paste, curry powder and pepper.
- Add the vegetable stock, coconut milk, soy sauce and honey and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low, then cover and let simmer for 15 minutes.
- Transfer the soup to a blender (or use an emulsion blender) to puree the soup.
- Garnish with coconut milk, chopped fresh coriander leaves and sesame seeds.
This soup freezes well! Freeze any leftovers to have on hand for a quick meal. Red curry pastes can vary in spiciness depending on the brand you use. Start with 1 tbsp and add more to your desired taste.
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