Pumpkin / Butternut Squash Soup

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3 cups / 450 g pumpkin or butternut squash, diced

1 onion, sliced

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1/2 – 1 fresh chili, de-seeded and chopped finely

1 bayleaf

2 cups / 490 ml tomato juice

3/4 cup / 200 ml stock

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

salt and pepper

a little milk

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1.    Melt the butter in a large saucepan and sauté the onion until it is golden.  Add the garlic, chili, bayleaf and pumpkin or squash.  Stir well.

2.    Pour in the tomato juice and stock next.  Bring to the boil.  Allow to simmer, stirring from time to time, for 20 minutes or until the pumpkin/squash has softened.

3.    When ready, allow the soup to cool a little and remove the bayleaf.  Transfer the soup to a blender, adding a little milk if desired for a thinner mixture.  Return to pan, season and heat through before serving, with the parsley sprinkled on top.


Serves 4

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Author: Tamzin

Food activist and childhood nutrition advocate Tamzin Cochrane helps the busiest of people to cook up something healthy and delicious, even after a long day. She also helps companies and schools educate around—and create a culture and environment that truly supports healthy eating. Decades in the foodservice and hospitality industry have given Tamzin a well-rounded perspective on mealtime. She is passionate about bringing back the lost art of families and friends cooking together, and she loves seeing people enjoy the amazing tastes and textures of their communal effort. Inspiring children to cook and expand there horizons on food is very important. She shares this message through virtual coaching and video courses, by speaking at corporations, schools, and events, and through her recently-released video courses. Tamzin is found most often at The Pinny and Trowel Cooking School, which she opened in early 2020, it is located in Austin TX. Tamzin was born in England, grew up in Scotland, and now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband (who incidentally, is Scottish but grew up in England) and their children.

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