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Spicy butternut squash and red pepper soup

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.

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You need….

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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.

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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

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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.

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Chuck that into the pan and leave on a low heat for about 20 mins until its all merged together.

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Allow to cool slightly then blend up with a stick blender until it is smooth.

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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!