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Time for a detox soup in January’s kitchen

Posted: 3rd January 2020

Roasted butternut squash and carrot soup

Hope you’ve had a great time over the festivities and haven’t overindulged too much!! We’ve got no will power so we’ve almost finished our mountain of chocolate and mince pies!

Time to cut back a bit and what better way than with a hearty soup – it’s no hardship is it really? We love soup and I try and use up some of our stored veg by making a batch or 2 to pop in the freezer.

We’ve an odd squash left which really needs using now along with some carrots so perfect for a post Christmas detox soup full of vitamins and beta carotene which is full of antioxidants. Roasting really brings out the flavours of squash so start this soup off in the oven if you’ve time (if not then just pop it all in the saucepan.)

Roasted butternut squash and carrot soup

Serves 4 Takes about an hour

1 butternut squash

2 or 3 carrots

1 roasted red pepper (skinned)

2 cloves garlic (skin on)

½ teaspoon chilli flakes (optional)

Good glug of oil

500ml chicken or veg stock (or you could use ham stock from your Christmas ham)

Good teaspoon runny honey

½ -1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • Peel the squash and scrape out the seeds. Chop into large chunks and put into a shallow roasting tray.
  • Peel and chop the carrot into similar size chunks. Add to the roasting tray along with the unpeeled garlic cloves.
  • Roast the squash and carrot - soup
  • Drizzle over the oil and scatter over the chilli flakes if using. Pop in the oven 180fan/200C for about 35 minutes, turning a couple of times in that time. Roast until the veg are softened and tinging brown at the edges.
  • Squeeze the garlic out of its skin and pile everything into a large saucepan. Add the stock, cumin and honey and bring to a gentle simmer for about 30 minutes till everything is soft and tender
  • Add the honey and cumin to the veg - soup
  • Wizz with a stick blender or pop in a liquidiser, adding more stock or some milk to thin it to your liking.
  • Roasted butternut squash & carrot soup

Enjoy straight away or freeze and feel the goodness seeping through you!