The gales are blowing so it has to be time for the ultimate comfort food, a tasty bowl of soup. This one is delicious and satisfies those hunger pangs. I roasted some unpeeled cloves of garlic with the squash and spread the lovely softened garlic onto my bread to eat alongside which made it even more delicious.
1 butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks
1 onion, diced
2cm root ginger, peeled and grated
½ tsp cumin seed
300 ml vegetable stock
Place the cubes of butternut squash on a baking tray and sprinkle with olive oil. Bake in a preheated oven at 200°c (gas mark 6, 400°f) for 15 – 20 minutes until softened and beginning to colour.
In the meantime, soften the onion by cooking over a gentle heat in a large saucepan with a splash of olive oil. Add the grated ginger and the cumin seeds and cook for a further minute. Add the roasted butternut squash and the vegetable stock. Cook over a gentle heat for about 15 minutes until the squash is completely tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Blend the soup with a hand blender or in a blender or processor until completely smooth. Reheat very gently if you need to and serve in warmed bowls with plenty of bread. You can of course add a little cream to the top.