13 October 2014

Creamy Butternut Squash and Tomato Soup

 

I love Autumnal flavours, but I don't love Autumn at all. 

Yes it can be very romantic. Strolling through a park on a crisp Autumn day,  all wrapped up warm while crunching through leaves. Everything is golden and we still have the fun of Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night to come.

But it's all just a distraction really. A distraction from the dark nights encroaching more and more into the daytime. A distraction from the damp weather, the dropping temperatures and people sniffing and coughing all around us.

I suppose we romanticize it just to get through it all. Through the damp, cold and dark days of Autumn and Winter. Spring seems so far away.

Oh jings I hope I haven't depressed you? I've depressed myself!



Maybe I should just concentrate on what the new season brings. There's butternut squash, beetroot, aubergine and fresh crunchy apples. There's cabbage and kale and interesting wild mushrooms. There's courgettes, leeks and wonderfully sweet parsnips.

Then there's mugs of creamy hot chocolate and big bowls of soup. And there's hearty stews and casseroles and pies. Yes, let's concentrate on that!

Let's start with soup. A deeply rich butternut squash and tomato soup.

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Creamy Butternut Squash and Tomato Soup
A rich and full flavoured Autumnal soup of roast butternut squash, onion and tomatoes.
Ingredients
  • 1 butternut squash, sliced, de-seeded and cubed
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • a glug of olive oil
  • 400 tin tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • a good grinding of salt and pepper
  • 1 pint/½ litre/2 ½ cups vegetable stock
Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 220c/200c fan/425f/gas mark 7.2. Toss the butternut squash, onion and garlic in the olive and spread across a roasting pan Roast for 20-25 minutes until soft and charred at the edges.3. Add the roast veg, tomatoes, tomato puree, spices, seasoning and stock to a blender and whizz until smooth. If you don't have a powerful blender like mine, you could heat in a pan and whizz with a hand blender or heat and mash. You won't get the same smooth finish, but it will still taste great.4. Serve and enjoy!
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Yield: Serves 4


photo: Food to Glow
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I'm entering my soup into four challenges.

No Croutons Required, Credit Crunch Munch hosted by A New Addition, dreamed up by Helen’s  and Camilla, Simple and Season and Extra Veg hosted by A Mummy Too and dreamed up by  Helen over at Fuss Free Flavours and Michelle from Utterly Scrummy.


32 comments:

  1. I had to smile reading your post: I quite like autumn but you are so right about the coughing and sneezing - yuck! But I have been enjoying more walks and kicking the crispy leaves {always makes me feel like a kid. Which I haven't been in a very long time}, and I LOVE autumn vegetables, like butternut squash. I tend to buy a few at a time when I see particularly good ones {and other winter squashes} and store them in my detached {and therefore cold} garage for things just like this - hearty flavoursome soup. The warming ginger and cumin are always welcome in my soup. Gorgeous! And thank you so much for giving a wee *food to glow* mention and image - chuffed!

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  2. I am going to try and cheer up about the whole season too Kellie. We have another 5 months before the weather picks up again, so I must make the most of it. So handy having somewhere to store veg. Storage is at a premium here. I could do with a kitchen about four times the size of the one I have currently.

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  3. This is a lovely combination and so beautiful to look at.

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  4. A lovely soup to welcome the best things about autumn Jac! I love autumn......but not the dark nights and mornings I must admit!

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  5. I think it is worse for you being so far North Jac as it gets dark so much faster and for longer. I hate it when the clocks change.

    But I do love autumn food, and all those lovely flavours.

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    1. It does seem to last forever Helen, but the seasonal flavours are good.

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  6. Mmmmmmm! I love butternut squash and I have been adding coconut milk in to mine recently to make it even creamier.

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    1. Oh that would be a wonderful addition Dannii.

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  7. MMm what a lovely recipe, perfect to help cope with these Autumnal doledrums! I know what you mean. Every day it's just getting darker and darker (and windier and rainier!). Sometimes I wish it would just snow here like a proper winter, but no, it's gales for us until spring! Thanks for linking my squash recipe in your lovely post!

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    1. I know, I think it may be time to unpack my boots Elizabeth. It's definitely soup time.

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  8. Butternut Squash soup is one of my favourites and your's looks so lovely and vibrant:-) Thanks for linking up to #CreditCrunchMunch and my cake:-)

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    1. Thanks Camilla. I'll look forward to the roundup :)

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  9. I absolutely love the fall but I might like your dishes more ;-) The fall is - as you say - full of squashes and I do love the whole walking through the leaves and that change in the air. Better than the bone-shilling cold of winter here! :-D

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    1. I actually prefer the Winter as there are more likely to be some bright crisp days. It's the damp of Autumn I hate.

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  10. Like you I love autumn flavours but not the weather. I am already praying for march to come round again.

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  11. I completely totally agree. Fall is miserable. I just can't wait for Spring to come around again :)
    Thanks for sharing such a lovely recipe. The picture is stunning.
    Kimberly

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  12. Oh dear, poor Jac. Sorry to hear this isn't a great time of year for you. I love autumn, not as much as spring, but it's my next favourite. I don't enjoy the wet though, so am crossing fingers for a dry one this year. Your soup looks super duper fantastic - great flavours and great photos.

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    1. A dry Autumn would certainly be better all round. Glad you like the soup.

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  13. I love tomato soup as soon as the weather turns cold, I think it takes me back to my childhood memories of Heinz tomato soup! Adding butternut squash is a novel idea though - I'm definitely going to have to give it a go :D

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    1. Heinz tomato soup is still my favourite if I am feeling under the weather. Enjoy the soup if you make it Faye :)

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  14. I love soup season! This soup looks pretty and delicious - YUM!

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  15. so gorgeous. I love squash and have been cooking it a lot this year. I am planning to do a soup too - must try your one, might add a bit of spice too. the texture looks fab

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  16. I too am an Autumn food fan but not the weather. I am a sun lover through and through but I do enjoy a wonderful soup and this one has cheered me up!

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  17. FUnny - Autumn is actually my favourite season after summer - probably because I grew up in a temperate climate where Spring and Autumn were seasons that happened to other people! But you are right - it is just a distraction from the dark days to come... Still, butternut soup is a great reason to love Autumn :)

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  18. Gorgeous pic - I miss the smells of Autumn, the woodsmoke, a crisp walk in the countryside collecting mushrooms and sloes for gin. I will still eat comfort foods like this when it's 30 C outside :)

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  19. This really is a charming mixture and so beautiful to consider.

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  20. Looks yummy and the blue plate is gorgeous! :)

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x