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Pumpkin and Chorizo Soup

19 Oct

This is a brilliant autumn soup for when it starts to get darker and cold each night! The chorizo adds something new and exciting to the gentle flavour of pumpkin giving you a warming soup suitable for everyone in the family!

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Ingredients:
1500g Chopped pumpkin, roughly 1 pumpkin
4tbsp Olive oil
1 Large onion
2 Garlic cloves
250g Chorizo
1ltr Chicken stock

Estimated time: 60 minutes

Directions:

Peel and chop your pumpkin into rough cubes. Weigh the cubes into a bowl with 2tbsp of the olive oil, salt and pepper, mix these together so all of it is well covered. Lightly oil two baking trays and roast your pumpkin pieces at 180c for 10-15 minutes until they have just started to colour and are soft. Leave these to one side to cool.

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While the pumpkin is cooking peel and dice your onion and garlic cloves before putting them into a large pan and gently cooking them down in the left over olive oil. This will take roughly 10 minutes on a medium heat.

Chop the chorizo into bite size chunks and then half the pieces and add them to the onion and garlic. Cook these all together for about 10minutes until the oils have been released from the chorizo giving everything an awesome red colour!

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Now stir in your pumpkin pieces and cook for a few minutes before pouring in your chicken stock. Once all the stock is added bring the soup up to the boil and then simmer for a further 10 minutes. This will make sure that all of the pumpkin is completely cooked and soft.

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Take two thirds of the soup and blend it to a smooth thick soup before stirring it back into the soup. This means that your soup will be nice and thick with chunks of pumpkin and chorizo throughout it. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste!

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Serve this soup with croutons on top to add a bit of crunch to this beautiful soup 🙂 and there you have it, a nice hot thick soup just what you need for a cold evening, especially good in front of a nice hot fire! Hope you all love this soup as much as I do!

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Roasted Butternut Squash

10 Apr

So Saturday was summer! I hope you all made the most of it, it was a lovely day, only needed a jumper 🙂 I chose this meal, it’s brilliant for lunch it’s not heavy on the stomach and its nice and summery!

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Ingredients:
1 Butternut squash
1 Small onion
225g Chorizo sausage
Salt and pepper

Estimated time: 50-60 minutes (depends on cooking time!)

Directions:

This is pretty much a 3 step recipe 🙂 Firstly chop the top and bottom ends off of the butternut squash. Using a peeler peel the whole squash, you don’t have to peel the squash as the skin can be eaten but this is easier and saves you having to cut off any dodgy bits 🙂

Once peeled you simply need to chop the squash in half and then half again so that you’re left with 4 portions. With the 2 portions from the bottom be sure to scrape out the pips and stringy pulp, this isn’t hard and can be done with just a spoon, the other two just need the very middle scraped or cut out so you are left with a sort of ‘gully’. Place these on a lightly greased baking tray and leave to one side.

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Now take your chorizo and chop into large chunks. Once chopped cut each chunk into 4, ideally you want to end up with bite size chunks. Sprinkle your chunks of chorizo into each of the 4 squashes try to make it even and the higher its piled the better 🙂

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Finally you want to dice your onion, again about bite size chunks. You don’t want them to be too small otherwise they will just burn in the oven. Once these are chopped sprinkle them on top of the chorizo.

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Sprinkle the 4 squashes with some salt and pepper to season and then drizzle each with a small amount of olive oil, this will help prevent it burning.

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Put these in the oven at 180c for 30-40 minutes. Check them at 30 mins just to make sure nothing is really burning and to see how cooked the butternut is. You can do this with a sharp knife or a skewer, when the squash is cooked it should be really easy to pierce 🙂 as soon as they’re cooked they are ready to eat!!

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And there you have it a lovely light summer lunch as hopefully summer is finally on its way! This is a very easy lunch that everyone will love and you can change what you fill it with, you can use cheese and herbs or different meats!!

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