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Spicy Butternut soup to easy off the cold – Revised

Posted on June 7, 2010 by in vegetarian

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Spicy butternut soup

I get so many requests for my Spicy Butternut Soup recipe that I carry copies of it in my handbagSpicy butternut soup and online, it is one of my best performing pages, so I guess I have a winner here. Why would I want to post an old recipe again, I hear you ask. Well first of all, my previous pictures were somewhat outdated and  this time round I added the smallest of changes, and I think it made the soup even better….
I grew up in a quaint little village called, Ceres(the goddess of growing plants), and fruit and vegetables were always in abundance. I don’t remember fruit or vegetables ever arriving at our house in plastic, polystyrene or boxes measured in lbs, kg’s or whatever measurement you can think of. Apples and pears came in wooden crates, peaches,plums and apricots came in baskets and pumpkins and sweet potatoes in truck loads. Friends and families would share truckloads and if someone found a bargain of some sorts, it would be shared by everyone. These days, when I walk into the food market and I see these huge bags of butternut, it is almost as if instinct kicks in…. I have two choices, I can share the butternuts with my friends and family or I can make a big o’lpot of Spicy Butternut Soup and invite them all over to share in this joy!! That is exactly what I did…..

Spicy butternut soup

Spicy Butternut Soup

5 medium sized butternuts (When they are huge, I only use 1-2)
1 medium onion
1 heaped Tsp curry powder
2cm piece ginger – grated on your microplaner
1 peeled and grated green apple
500ml chicken or vegetable stock
1 liter of milk
250 ml cream
125ml orange juice
zest of the orange
salt and pepper
grated nutmeg
zest of the orange
zest and juice of i lemon

Saute the onion, garlic, ginger and apple in big soup pot with some oil. Add curry powder.
When translucent, add butternut and stock.
Close lid and cook until butternut is soft.Puree the soup with a stick blender or in afood processor.
Add milk and orange juice. If you have a lot of pumpkin puree, use all the milk, otherwise add until you have a smooth runny, soup.
Pour back into pot and add all seasoning, such as salt, pepper,orange zest and nutmeg.
Stir in 200ml of the cream, keep the rest for decoration.
Please taste your soup and add, maybe a little lemon juice to tart it up, let your own taste buds lead you.

If you are making this soup for a fancy dinner party, try this version. It looks very impressive and you will definitely be the talk-of-the-table!

Spicy butternut soup

Lastly I want to share with you the slight alteration I made to the recipe..(if you promise not to tell hubby, he hates change) I followed the recipe as per normal, but I served it with smoked paprika oil, leeks and some of the pumpkin seeds that I fried in the smoked paprika oil. Not only does it taste divine, I think it looks rather pretty too. What do you think? To make thesmoked paprika oil, simply take a tsp of smoked paprika and mix it with 1 tbsp of olive oil. Drizzle over the soup before serving.

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17 Responses to “Spicy Butternut soup to easy off the cold – Revised”

  1. Koek! 7 June 2010 at 11:29 am #

    Hey Nina!
    When I say I'm not keen on butternut soup, I do realise I'm in the severe minority. Your pictures are absolutely stunning.

  2. polkadotcupcake 7 June 2010 at 12:41 pm #

    What a beaut! I think everyone has their own 'best' butternut soup recipe, I know I do. So much so, that I can't eat the woolies one, it feels wrong.
    This looks DIVINE though! Would you be offended if I stole it and asked my caterer to serve it as the starter at my wedding? The smoked paprika oil just sounds DELICOUS!!

  3. Marisa 7 June 2010 at 1:37 pm #

    You've gone & done it again Nina – this looks absolutely exquisite! Butternut soup will never be boring again.

    I simply love your serving suggestions and the squash shells you used as bowls are inspired.

  4. Forage 7 June 2010 at 5:03 pm #

    love the idea of paprika oil. Def one of my favourite flavours! Am also making soup tonight with Jerusalem Artichokes & Celeriac XX

  5. Pam 7 June 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    Another beautiful recipes with amazing photos.

  6. Barb 7 June 2010 at 9:18 pm #

    Beautiful photos and a tasty recipe. I love butternut soup and have tried probably half a dozen recipes. Still looking for one to call my standard though so I'll give yours a try. Sounds like it's pretty popular.

  7. Peter M 7 June 2010 at 10:02 pm #

    What a stunner of a presentation in the squash cups. You truly make meals memorable.

  8. Rhyleysgranny 7 June 2010 at 10:28 pm #

    Ooooooh this soup sounds just wonderful. Your pics have blown me away. What a gorgeous touch using the shell as a bowl. Perfect

  9. Rhyleysgranny 7 June 2010 at 10:29 pm #

    I forgot to add how lovely your paprika oil looks floating on the top x

  10. bellini valli 8 June 2010 at 12:40 am #

    I like the blend of citrus with the sweet butternut squash Nina.

    • Louise Duarte 30 May 2018 at 6:09 pm #

      The citrus taste is too much for me. U made the soup now but i dont know what to do now as it is not very tasty

      • nerinatimm 31 May 2018 at 6:39 am #

        Hello Louise

        Thank you for visiting my site as trying out my recipes. Our taste buds differ, I kind of like the citrus notes, but I understand you don’t. You can either add a little more curry spice and cream, or I suggest you make another batch of the soup, combine the two batches and hopefully it will be better for you.

  11. Proud Italian Cook 8 June 2010 at 5:13 am #

    You are an artist Nina, your food and photos are always exquisite!

  12. pierre 8 June 2010 at 7:28 am #

    hi nina
    the photo is mouthwatering !! something I have to try
    thanks Pierre de Paris

  13. Rose&Thorn 8 June 2010 at 11:18 am #

    This will make a perfect winter warmer – love the gem squash bowls.

  14. browniegirl 10 June 2010 at 8:22 pm #

    Stunning stunning!!! You make butternut soup look very sexy hehe…I love butternut soup and have a very similar recipe…get better dear Nins xxx


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