Winter Warmers | Spiced Butternut Squash Soup*

By Laura Thornberry - 10:00

In collaboration with ALDI*, I'm bringing you a trio of recipe posts for my Winter Warmers series. For me, Winter is all about warming and comfort home-style cooking. Soups, stews, curries etc. Meals that will be super filling and be able to warm you up on a cold, frosty evening. The first instalment to my series being my gorgeous Spiced Butternut Squash Soup which you can prepare in under 40 minutes!
Spiced Butternut Squash Soup
For this soup, you will need the following ingredients;
1 Butternut Squash, peeled, deseeded and chopped
2 tbsp Olive Oil 
1 tbsp Butter
1 White Onion, chopped
3 Garlic Cloves, sliced in half
1 large Red Chilli, some chopped and some sliced
500ml Vegetable Stock
Crème Fraîche
Crusty Bread 
Spiced Butternut Squash Soup
Step 1 - Preheat your oven to 200° and leave to warm up. Cut the Butternut Squash into large cubes then place in a large roasting tin with a drizzle of Olive Oil and your sliced Garlic. Roast for 25 - 30 mins until golden and soft. 

The sweetness that comes from roasted Butternut Squash is simply delicious, along with the roast Garlic and fresh Chilli, it's a great flavour combination.

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup
Step 2 - Whilst the Butternut Squash roasts in the oven, melt the Butter and Olive Oil in a large saucepan. Add the chopped Onions, sliced Garlic and finely chopped Red Chilli. Cook on a low heat for 10 mins until the Onions are completely soft.

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup
Step 3 - Once roasted, add the Butternut Squash into the saucepan along with your hot Vegetable Stock and a few tablespoons of Crème Fraîche. Stir well and put the soup into a blender and blitz. I used my Breville Blend Active for this.

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup
Step 4 - Return to the blitzed soup to the pan, gently reheat till warm, stirring occasionally. Make sure to season with Salt and Pepper to taste. 


Spiced Butternut Squash Soup
Step 5 - I like to serve the soup with a splash of Crème Fraîche, a sprinkling of sliced Red Chilli and some warm Crusty Bread on the side, for the perfect Winter Warmer Soup!

What are your favourite soups to make during the Winter season?

* This post is in collaboration with ALDI who kindly gifted me vouchers to spend in-store.

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