Kitchen Witch Wednesday Cooking Up Butternut Squash and Chickpea Soup

English: Butternut Squash Soup

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This is typically an Autumn dish, but the weather is still on the chilly side most evenings and besides, we are trying out different soups to serve in the coffee shop once we’re moved and opened.

Top on our list of favourite soups is a Spicy Butternut Squash and Chickpea Soup. We made it with bacon and ham for added flavour, but it is just as delicious without the meat and makes a tasty vegan dish.

You will need:

  • 1 Butternut Squash, peeled and cubed
  • 2 Teaspoons Cumin
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Red Chilli, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 tin Chopped Tomatoes
  • 850 milliliter Vegetable stock (1.5 pints)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Peel and chop squash and onion.
Crush garlic cloves
De-seed and finely chop chilli

Fry the onion for 3-4 minutes at a high temp until golden. Add a little of the stock if needed to stop it sticking.

Add the chilli, garlic and spices, stir and cook for 15 seconds.

Add the butternut squash and stir to coat in the spicy mix. Add 3 tablespoons of stock, cover and leave to cook for 5 minutes over a medium heat.

Add tomatoes, remaining stock and half the chickpeas, season well, stir, bring to the boil, then cover and cook over a medium heat for approx 20 minutes or until the squash is tender.

Let it cool a little, blend, and then add the remaining chickpeas. Bring back up to heat and serve.

Number of Servings: 6

Non-vegan spicy butternut squash soup

Chop 3 – 4 sliced smoked, dry cure back bacon.

Cook this on a low heat with a small amount of olive oil until crispy.
Add the onions and cook down slowly until browned.
Continue to follow the recipe as directed above, adding 1 cup chopped, cooked ham with the final ingredients.


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