Ginger-Spiced Squash & Apple Soup

30200640_UnknownWe had a small squash in our veg box last week and this afternoon I was cold to the bone after venturing outside for a short walk – I think it was 5C – so I decided to use the squash in some soup. The squash had been sitting chopped up in the fridge for a couple of days and needed to be used. My husband does it for me and leaves it in the fridge so it’s available when I want to use it.

I didn’t exactly know what I was going to put in with it, but automatically reached for some carrots and saw the baking apples on the shelf. We still have a few left from the tree, but they are starting to go a bit soft and the freezer is already overflowing with stewed apple and crumbles, I thought I’d try one in the soup.

While I was chopping, I mused over what herbs or spices would go with it and decided on ginger, turmeric and cinnamon. I was feeling cold, tired and achy, a friend had been coughing over me while recovering from a nasty flu-like virus and I felt the need to protect myself: these three spices are not only warming but also anti-inflammatory. The squash, carrots and celery are rich in anti-oxidants, while the humble onion has long been used in Ayervedic medicine to relieve coughs, fevers and flu as well as to reduce pain and inflammation in joints. I was leaving nothing to chance! I had a big bowl of it for dinner that night, I thought the combination worked really well and I would certainly make it again.

Here’s the full recipe – you might need to adjust the spices, I just guessed and I loved it. I could feel the ginger warming my insides and the one apple was enough to give it a fruity flavour, almost sweet and sour.

Made enough for 3-4 servings

Ingredients

(Organic where possible, vegan and gluten-free)

1 Tsp Coconut Oil

1 Small Butternut Squash, peeled and chopped

1 Small Onion, chopped

2 Carrots, scrubbed and chopped (peel left on)

1 Thin Stick Celery, from the inner part of the bunch, not too strongly flavoured, with leaves, chopped

1 Medium Baking Apple, peeled and chopped

Approx. 750 mls Vegetable Stock (I used a Kallo stock cube) – enough to cover the vegetables

Ground Ginger, Turmeric and Cinnamon

Black Pepper

Sprig of Watercress or Spinach or Rocket to serve (optional)

Method

Melt the oil and sweat the vegetables with half a tsp of ground ginger, a couple of shakes each of turmeric and cinnamon and some black pepper for a few minutes with the lid on, stirring occasionally.

Add the apple, mix well.

Add stock and slowly bring to a simmer.

30200544_UnknownCook on the lowest heat for about 25-30 minutes, until everything is cooked but not mushy.

Blend to the thickness you like – I like to leave a little texture.

Serve with a twist of black pepper, a sprig of watercress and some warm seeded bread.

(When I had a second bowl the next day, I added a small handful of mixed watercress/spinach/rocket when I served it and I really liked it).

Please note: there is no added salt in the recipe because the stock cube had salt in it.

We had it with Savoury Vegan Glutenfree ‘Cheese’ & Herb Scones

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Copyright: Chris McGowan

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