Wednesday, 9 January 2008

butternut squash soup for cheapskates

cooking stuff is all good fun but when you are trying to please a bunch of people at the same time, you need things that are low carb, sugarfree, low in fat, have loads of ur 5 a day in, dairy free, vegetarian and cheap. oh, and nice.

there's a load of butternut squash recipes out there, but i thought i'd add one that's easy, and a quick lazy adaption of gordon ramseys recipe.

Feeds about 10, depending on how hungry 10 are!

Ingredients (tesco value ftw!)
1 Butternut squash (about £1)
3 Onions (about fiddypee)
1 Apple (20p)
5 Veggie Stock cubes (10p)
Big spoonful of curry powder (10p)
Cinnamon (10p)
Olive oil (30p?)
Milk/Soya Milk (10p)
a few handfuls of sweetcorn (30p)

total cost: £2.70 or 27p a head.

what you need: a big old non stick saucepan or 2, 2 hobs, a blender and a good chopping knife

first, peel your butternut squash, get the seeds out and chop it up into small chunks. pop them on the hob to boil for about 10 minutes.

whilst they are boiling, chop up the onions and apple, (leave the skin on the apple) put them in a stick proof pan and cover them with the curry powder, cinnamon, and some olive oil. Let them fry together for about 5 minutes. then take it off and give it a little while to cool down.

next you need your blender, drain the squash and keep the water you've boiled it in in a saucepan, you'll need it later. blend up the squash, adding milk/soya milk to make it blend easy. if you aren't too fussed about fat, add some now! bzzzzzzzzzz

pop ur value veggie stock cubes in the old squash water and boil up some veggie stock, when the squash is fully blended, pop in in the stock and mix till it looks... like soup

then blend ur spicey appley onion mix up good, and put that in as well.


chuck in a couple of handfuls of sweetcorn as well if you want chunks of stuff in your soup at this point, if you have posh bread, prepare it.

bangin. off you go.

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