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Roast squash, chilli and coriander soup

Yields6 Servings

This roast vegetable soup that is full of South American pizzazz would be nowhere without its finishing flourish of soured cream. As punchy as it is simple, there is no careful stirring or frying, instead the caramelisation takes place in the oven and the flavours concentrate in the process.

Ingredients checklist for soup
 1.5–1.6kg butternut squash, skin and seeds discarded, and cut into chunks
 2 large onions, peeled, halved and sliced
 4 vine tomatoes, halved
 1 medium–hot red chilli (5–7cm long)
 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
 sea salt
 900 ml chicken or vegetable stock
Ingredients checklist to serve
 2 tbsp soured cream
 coarsely chopped coriander
 pickled piri-piri or jalapeño peppers (optional)

Preheat the oven to 200˚C fan/220˚C/gas mark 6. Arrange the squash, onions and
tomatoes in a couple of large roasting pans so that they fit in a crowded single layer, adding the chilli to one. Drizzle a couple of tablespoons of oil over each roasting pan and season with salt. Roast for 55 minutes, stirring halfway through.


Remove from the oven, and if any of the onion strands are particularly dark, discard these.


Scrape out the inside of the chilli, discarding the seeds if possible, and liquidise the vegetables with the stock in batches in a blender. Pass through a sieve into a saucepan.


Gently reheat and serve with a spoon of soured cream, some chopped coriander and pickled chilli if wished.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 6