Avonmore Cream of Butternut Soup

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Created by Mandy Mortimer, entry to the Avonmore Food Blogger Competition

Ingredients

  • 800g – 1kg Butternut Squash (+- 1 pound)
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, finely chopped
  • 1l Chicken or Vegetable Stock (4 cups)
  • 1 cup Avonmore Cooking Cream
  • 1/2 Orange Zest & Juice
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Pre heat oven to 220°C (200°C Fan Assisted)
  2. Cut the butternut lengthways to halve it
  3. Scoop out the seeds and discard
  4. Brush the cut side of the butternut with olive oil and sprinkle with a bit of salt
  5. Arrange the butternut cut side down on a baking tray
  6. Tip: I line the tray with tinfoil so make for easier clean up!
  7. Roast butternut for 30 – 40 mins, until a sharp knife or a fork can pass through the flesh
  8. Leave to cool on a wire rack, about 10mins
  9. Once cool enough to handle, use a spoon to scoop the roasted flesh out of the skin
  10. Discard the skin
  11. Tip: If you gave your butternut a wash beforehand, you can actually just roughly chop the butternut, skin and all, and use all of it in the soup, the skin should be soft enough and will blend easily
  12. In a large pot over medium heat, melt 2 Tbsp of butter in a dash of olive oil
  13. Add the chopped onions and sauté until onions are soft and translucent, stirring frequently, about 10mins
  14. Add the chopped garlic and sauté for another minute
  15. Raise the temperature to high and add the stock, spices, orange juice, zest and roasted butternut and bring to a boil
  16. Once it’s reached a boil, lower the heat to medium low and simmer for 30mins
  17. Blend the soup in a food processor or using a stick blender until soup is smooth
  18. Tip: If your food processor doesn’t have a large enough capacity, then blend the soup in 2 or 3 batches; pour the blended soup into a bowl and set aside until all of the soup is blended, then return all of it to the pot
  19. Still over a medium low heat, add the cream to the blended soup and simmer for a further 10 – 15 mins, until it’s at your preferred thickness
  20. Taste your soup and season with salt and pepper to taste
  21. Tip: I always add the salt last because it depends on how salty your stock is. If salty enough, you might not need to add any salt at all
  22. Serve with a drizzle of cream and freshly cracked black pepper, and of course, a lovely hunk of buttered bread
    
4.33 avg. rating (82% score) – 3 votes

http://cookwithavonmore.ie/recipe/cream-of-butternut-soup/

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