roast butternut squash and red pepper soup

IMG_2210When did it get so cold?! This soup is deliciously hearty; warming and fragrant, you can beat the winter blues! Without bacon, it is vegan and vegetarian friendly.

Ingredients

  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced into 4 lengthways
  • 1 large clove of garlic, or two medium cloves, left whole
  • Vegetable stock cube
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp sage
  • Bacon, if desired

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 160 degrees.
  2. Scatter the butternut squash chunks onto a baking tray. Pour over a generous amount of olive oil, then sprinkle over the cayenne pepper and paprika.
  3. Peel the garlic, and crush under the flat side of a large knife. Nestle the squashed, whole clove in the middle of the baking tray. Season, then place the tray in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until soft and browned. Turn the squash to let the other side soften and caramelise.
  4. Remove the tray from the oven, and transfer the squash into a blender.
  5. Roast the red pepper in the same tray until soft, and add to the blender along with the cooking oil from the tray.
  6. Crumble the stock cube over the pepper and squash, and add enough boiling water to cover the vegetables. Blend until smooth, then transfer to a pan. Add more boiling water if the soup is too thick. Add the sage, and warm over a low heat.
  7. In a frying pan, crisp bacon, then slice into strips. Taste the soup, and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  8. Serve the soup topped with crisp bacon, alongside crusty bread.
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