Saturday 25 September 2010


I just realised that I never did post the recipe for this soup here. This is one of my recipes in the Masterchef Cookbook, and one that I make fairly often. The delicate sweetness of butternut squash is enhanced by the slightly spicy kick at the end, and the fresh chopped coriander adds a touch of bright flavour, and brings the soup together (see what I did there? I totally referenced JT and GW) I remember when I made it in the MC kitchen, I used a food processor to blend the soup. It ended up being chunky, so I panicked and sieved it, which made it too thin... one of the reasons I went out that year :-( I've never had the problem ever since though!!

The squash for this recipe was grown in BC, so its fairly local. The fresh coriander comes from our new herb garden, and I am loving using all the herbs. I use a little bit of coconut milk to add richness to the soup, but you can skip it if you want a more intense squash flavour. Served with a hunk of French bread, this is a perfect light autumn meal.



1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
1 medium onion, chopped
1 stick of tender celery, chopped (optional)
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 inch piece of ginger, chopped
1/2 tbsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp hot chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala
Around 500 ml hot vegetable stock
Around 250 ml coconut milk
Salt and Pepper to taste
A splash of olive oil
A big handful chopped fresh coriander or chives

In a large pan, heat the olive oil, and toss in the onion and celery. Cook for around 2 minutes until the onion is soft, then stir in the ginger and garlic. Cook another minute, then add the cubed squash and the spices. Stir and fry for around 3 minutes or so, until the squash starts to fray around the edges. Pour in the hot stock and the coconut milk, bring to a boil and simmer until the squash is very soft.

Transfer to a blender and blend till smooth. Season with the salt and pepper. Swirl in some fresh chopped coriander and some coconut milk to serve.

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  1. A great autumn dish .... Gonna have to put this on the menu this year ....

  2. I love all the flavours in the soup. And the colour just sings Autumn.


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