CookThis fragrant golden soup is a perfect recipe for spring; butternut squash soup with lemon and tahini. Light and delicious.
This butternut squash soup with lemon and tahini is brightly flavoured and has a velvety soft texture. It is ideal for those cold days of spring. Here in London the weather really cannot make its mind up – blue skies and sun one moment, then suddenly clouds, wind, snow or hail. It is also really not very warm at all, I am sitting at my desk typing layered in both a fleece and a sweater as well as fingerless gloves.
Usually by this time of year we would have taken the electric blanket off the bed, packed away some woolly sweaters and be eating lighter food. My butternut squash would be roasted and served with a tahini and lemon dressing, rather than packing all the flavours into a bowl of soup!
I love butternut squash and add one to my basket with every shop. Butternuts are really quite good for you; fat free, high in fibre, low GI, low in calories and are packed with beta catotene, vitamin C and the minerals selenium, zinc, manganese, magnesium and potassium. As well as being good for you butternut squash are versatile; they can be baked, roasted, boiled, spiralized, puréed or fried, gently toasted the seeds are delicious. I often keep a tub of roasted squash in the fridge of freezer to use in salads, stir fries, even smoothies and fritattas.
For this soup I baked the butternut squash to concentrate and sweeten the flavour, the tahini adds a depth and a velvet smoothness and the lemon lifts the soup and reminds me that it is supposed to be summer! If you like spices I think that some cumin, allspice or chilli would work well, but the three simple flavours used all combine to make a rounded whole, packed with layers of taste that really need no extra flavouring.
This butternut squash soup with fresh, bright lemon and rich tahini is fragrant, light and delicious.
- 1 butternut squash medium size
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 750 ml vegetable stock
- 1 tsp tahini
- 1 lemon zest and juice
Cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Bake at GM4/180°C/350°F for about 30 mins until soft. There's no need for a tray. Just put the squash cut side up on the oven shelf.
While the squash bakes, peel and roughly chop the onion and garlic. Fry the onion in the oil in a deep pan for a few minutes, and then add the garlic. Cook until the onion is translucent and starting to turn golden brown.
Remove the squash from the oven and discard the skin. Add to the pan along with the stock, tahini and lemon.
Simmer for 5 mins, and blend in a food processor or with a stick blender.
Serve piping hot, garnished with some chives, a sprinkle of chili flakes and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Hints & Tips
- When using butternut squash, bake or roast it first to draw out water and concentrate the flavours. You can bake the halves without the need for a roasting tin.
- This soup freezes well, so make extra and save for winter days when you come home cold and in a hurry for something warming.
- If you like spices, cumin, allspice and chilli work well with the flavours in this butternut squash soup.
- Try using pumpkin instead of butternut squash – the small Hokkaido variety would work well.
If you love velvet smooth soups you may like my spiced pumpkin, carrot and sweet potato soup
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