I’ve got into a really bad habit of buying my lunch everyday which is bad for both my waistline and my purse!
To combat this last Sunday I made a batch of my favourite healthy, cheap soup. This recipe is not only fat free but budget friendly too. It makes around 8 portions and costs a mere £2ish!
I give you Roasted Butternut Squash and Red Pepper soup. Eat your heart out New Covent Garden Soup Company! I think it is originally adapted from a weight watchers recipe but I have added my own tweaks.
One Butternut squash
2 red peppers (you can use yellow but red makes in more orange)
2 stock cubes or stock pots or 2 spoons bouillon powder
1 tsp chilli flakes
2 tsps smoked paprika
1 onion (obviously I felt he wasn’t photogenic enough)
Turn your oven on to about 200 degrees
Whack your squash into a baking tray and put it into the over whole. It will need about 40 mins or so to roast and will look like this when it is cooked through.
Poke him with a sharp knife and if it sinks in easily it’s cooked.
You can make this with unroasted squash but frankly if you have ever peeled and chopped a raw squash you will realised what a total mare that is…. Roasting makes the whole process much easier.
Once the squash is cooked leave it to cool for a bit unless you are a masochist like me and like juggling a burning hot kilo of veg.
Chop your onion and peppers into chunks. Boil the kettle. Get a BIG pan on the hob.
Throw in your veg along with around 2 litres of stock. As well as some salt and your spices
Bring to the boil and simmer until the peppers and onion are tender.
Now wrestle your squash out of his skin and deseed it. Chop the squash flesh roughly.
Chuck that into the pan and leave on a low heat for about 20 mins until its all merged together.
Allow to cool slightly then blend up with a stick blender until it is smooth.
A portion of this contains around 100kcals if you wanted to make it less virtuous you could serve with sour cream or Creme Fraiche but I love it’s spicy kick. This version is quite hot so you may want to adjust the seasonings to your taste.
Let me know if you make it and like it!