Butternut Squash Soup with Garlic Bread

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Step 1.

Preheat your oven to 180°C/356°F.

Step 2.

Halve and peel your butternut squash, scoop out the seeds and cut it into cubes. Place the cubes on a baking tray and season with a few cracks of black pepper, a pinch of salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Toss the butternut squash to season on all sides and whack the tray in the oven for 50 minutes.

Step 3.

Finely dice your carrots and onion. Pour a large drizzle of olive oil into a frying pan on medium-high heat. Add your carrots and onion and sauté for 10 minutes, until the carrots have softened and the onions are translucent. Add the chopped ginger and give it all a stir.

Step 4.

Squash time! Add the roasted butternut squash to your pan and stir to combine (leave the oven on for your garlic bread). Pour in the vegetable stock and season with a few cracks of pepper. Leave to simmer for 15 minutes. Blitz the soup in the pan with a stick blender until silky smooth, or your desired consistency.

Step 5.

Now for the garlic bread. Slice your ciabatta in half down the middle and place on a baking tray. Finely chop a large handful of parsley, leaving a third for later. In a bowl, mix together 3 tbsp of olive oil, the chopped garlic, two thirds of the parsley, a pinch of salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Give it a mix and spread over the ciabatta. Pop in the oven for 20 minutes.

Step 6.

Serve the soup with a drizzle of olive oil, a pinch of parsley, a crack of black pepper and your garlic bread. Dig in and enjoy!

Slightly charred edges on your butternut squash will add more flavour to the soup.

2 Butternut Squash
2 Carrots
1 Onion
3 Tsp Chopped Ginger
600ml Vegetable Stock
2 Tsp Chopped Garlic
Bunch of Parsley
2 Small Loaves of Ciabatta
Olive Oil