Meat-Free Monday: Vegan Butternut Soup

Cold front upon cold front, and further lock-down-restrictions on top of load-shedding to add to the plight of the foodies – here’s Isabeau Malan‘s Vegan Butternut Soup solution.

 

Mise en Place:

  • Prepare the ingredients before cooking.
  • Pre-heated oven for roasting

Equipment:

  • Roasting tray
  • Juicer & zester
  • Pot
  • Spoon ladle
  • Stick blender

Ingredients:

500gr   Roasted Butternut
10ml 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
10ml 2 teaspoons Ginger
To taste   Fresh Black Pepper
To taste   Sea salt
Drizzle   Olive Oil
1 can 400ml Coconut Cream
50g   Xylitol (sugar substitute)
1   Fresh orange
Garnish   Fresh basil leaves/coriander (shredded)

Method:

  • Cut the butternut into halves and scoop out the seeds.  Place the butternut, skin-side down, on a baking tray.
  • Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle the ground ginger and cinnamon onto the butternut.  Drizzle with olive oil.
  • Pop the tray into a moderate oven to bake the butternut until soft.  (Roasting depends on the size of the butternut; but could take up to 45 minutes)
  • Scoop out the cooked butternut from the peel, adding to a pot.
  • In the pot, add the coconut cream, xylitol, cooked butternut and orange juice & zest.
  • Use a stick blender to combine and puree the mixture.  Re-heat the soup on the stove on a medium setting – do not over-boil.  Taste for seasoning and adjust according to taste.
  • Once the soup is heated through, spoon into warmed bowls and garnish with your choice of fresh herbs.
  • Should the consistency be too thick to your liking, thin it down with home-made (or good-quality store-bought) vegetable stock, alternatively you can add a swirl of coconut milk to the soup to thin it out.

SUGGESTIONS:

  • Toast pumpkin seeds and nuts as a crunchy topping for the soup.
  • For a soup “with a kick”, add (to taste) smoked paprika or chilli flakes before blending.

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