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Autumnal Soup Recipe

Feeling the cold? Then try our new Autumnal soup recipe - bound to blow the cobwebs away and keep you toasty warm this season!

a bowl of soup with a spoon
Posted 16 November 2016
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Prep: 1 hour 10 Minutes (including cooking) Cook: 1 hour


  • 1 butternut squash (about 1.5kg), peeled, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsps olive oil
  • 2 onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 celery stick, roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 handful flat leaf parsley
  • 1 litre chicken stock
  • 2 tbsps single cream
  • Croutons, to serve



  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas Mark 6. Toss the butternut squash with 2 tbsps of the oil, season, then scatter onto a foil-lined baking tray. Roast for 25-30 minutes, until soft and just turning golden at the edges.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tbsp of oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat and sauté the onion, celery and carrot for about 10-12 minutes, until softened but not coloured. Add the cumin and sauté for a minute more, then tip in the roasted squash, all but a few parsley leaves, the stock and 500ml water. Simmer gently for 20 minutes, then cool a little.
  3. Blitz the soup in a blender (in batches if necessary) with the single cream, checking the seasoning as you go. Add a little more water if necessary – you want it to be the consistency of double cream. Return to the pan, reheat gently and ladle into bowls, garnishing with parsley leaves and croutons.
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