My mother makes the most divine butternut soup, so delicious that she has ruined me on butternut soup forever. I can only enjoy hers. On a rainy Cape Town day, there is nothing better than my mom’s butternut soup and a thick chunk of government wholewheat bread. Since that’s not so easily accessible to us in the USA, I asked my mom for her recipe so we can all dream of rainy Cape days:

CAPE BUTTERNUT SOUP

Halve or double all ingredients depending on your requirements.  Be quite flexible actually.

Take 5 or 6 leeks, wash, dice and soften in olive oil (or butter) in the base of your soup pot. Garlic can be added at this stage if desired. Lots, if desired.  Add 4-6 butternut, roughly chopped, 6-8 carrots, fill ¾ with water.  Place 2 or 3 sticks of cinnamon (optional but very nice) into pot and boil on high heat for about ½ hour or until it’s really soupy.  Add herb salt, chicken or vegetable stock depending on your taste buds, health or religious concerns.  I use homemade chicken stock. If I don’t have any, I might cook the soup with canned fat free chicken broth instead of water.
Now begins the messy part.  When cooked, remove cinnamon, strain soup and put through a food processor in batches till as fine and smooth as possible.
Thin if necessary with water, or with orange juice for a completely different taste, or serve really thick the way we like it.  At serving time, I like to add a dollop of yoghurt to each bowl, or, for guests, a swirl of cream and a snippet of parsley Serve hot or cold with croutons, sour dough or rye bread.

POST SCRIPT:

I sometimes roast/bake the butternut in the oven for the greatest flavor and scoop out the flesh before boiling with the stock, but have been known to pre-cook it in the microwave before boiling, or simply buy cubed butternut from Costco.

Royalties to Elana Newman (My mom wrote that, not me)

Comments

  1. Thanks Lexie this sound amazing… .kudos to your mother..I’m going to try it out. Butternut and cinammon–very warming for a cold winter day!

  2. Thanks Lexie this sound amazing… .kudos to your mother..I’m going to try it out. Butternut and cinammon–very warming for a cold winter day!