This is one of the best soups I know. It is quite a common soup, believe it or not and usually comes with the description of ‘butter nut, nut butter’ which is brilliant, but not mine, so I can’t use that!
The two things that make it amazing are the texture – a total velvety feel and the combination of peanut butter with pumpkin. They go amazingly well together. Peanuts and pumpkin offer an Asian feel, so I have included chilli and ginger in the soup base and serve it with yogurt and coriander. Heat, coolness, spice and flavour, this soup has it all.
I will make it far more noticeable closer the time, but this is actually the first in a forthcoming series I will be creating heading into Christmas – how to make an entirely Vegan Christmas Dinner.
If the 23 year old Juddy could hear me say that, there would be trouble! Haha
- 1kg butternut pumpkin, cubed into 1 inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 brown onion, diced
- 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped
- 1 thumb-sized piece ginger, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 litre vegetable stock
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter
- small bunch coriander, chopped
- salt and pepper
- coconut yogurt and lime wedges, to serve
- Heat the olive in a large pan or casserole dish
- Fry the onions on a medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring regularly
- Add the garlic, chilli, ginger and coriander stalks and fry for a further 2 minutes
- Add the pumpkin pieces and stir. Fry for about 5 minutes
- Add the stock, bring to a boil and then lower the heat to a simmer, partially cover and leave for 20 minutes, stirring every few minutes
- Transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor and blen/mix for a minute or two until the pumpkin has become velvet like
- Return to the pan and add the peanut butter and REALLY give it a good stir
- Season with salt and pepper and add the coriander
- Serve with coconut yogurt and wedges of lime
Paul Weller “Paul Weller“
This album is being reissued on vinyl in a few weeks (in time for Christmas) and I highly recommend it. It is where Paul Weller 3.0 started and where my fascination with the modfather began.
Listen – but do yourself a favour and buy it on vinyl!!