Well it’s almost the weekend, and I feel like the weather is almost on the cusp of changing. Today felt rather Spring-like, and I kinda wasn’t keen. Weird as it may sound, I love Winter. Cold, blustery days. Being all cosy and warm inside, wrapped up in fluffy pyjamas. It is still preeeetty cold outside though, so comfort food is definitely on the agenda. I’m trying to steer away from my usual suspects (yes pasta, I’m talking about you) and to make things a little lighter in the new year. This butternut squash soup is perfect. It’s unctuous, creamy and rich with a hint of spice. And it’s so good for you! As a bonus, it can also very easily be made vegan. What more can you ask for?!
The brittle is so delicious. And don’t worry, there’s plenty left over to have as a sneaky midnight snack! I absolutely love things that are sweet and salty at the same time, and the smoky heat from the paprika is so good with that combo. The textural contrast is spot on with the crunch from the brittle against the silky smoothness from the soup. Once you start thinking of soup as basically a hot smoothie, it’s so simple! You don’t need to fuss with onions or potatoes to thicken it. Your best friend is a really powerful high speed blender. I know a lot of people like Vitamix, but there are some WAY cheaper options on Amazon if you take a look. The important thing is the number of watts the machine is powered by. The higher the better. You don’t need a brand name, one of the commercial ones will be just as good, if not better.
Butternut squash are such a great vegetable to buy next time you’re out shopping . They are so versatile. You can use them in everything from soup to smoothies to vegan mac and cheese sauces. Roast little cubes and pop them in your salad. Spread it onto crostini with a little ricotta salata. Go wild! Just thinking about it, roasting some slices in balsamic vinegar would be so good paired with some peppery arugula and dried cranberries. Maybe a little goats cheese. The rambles of of a food addict! Anyway, enough from me. Make the butternut squash soup. Indulge, without the guilt. And give some of the other ideas a try. Let me know how it works out for you!