Soup…glorious soup!

by Sunita on November 5, 2008

The hot soup season is definitely in. With temperatures dipping, wrapping ones hands around a bowl of warm soup is what one craves for.

I love roasting vegetables in my oven….the aromas that emanate from it, along with the sizzling is to die for. It fills the house with a sense of warmth…makes me feel very happy and contented. And, later on, serving them to the family and seeing the smiles around, takes everything to great heights.

I am going to write about two wonderful soups that we enjoyed recently. Both of them are cooked in entirely different ways, the only common thing between them is the butternut squash.

Soup 1- Roasted butternut squash, peppers and leek soup

What’s needed-

1/2 of a medium sized butternut squash, the seeds scooped and chopped
2 bell peppers( I used red and orange), the insides scooped and chopped
2 tblsp +1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 tsp (more or less) crushed red chillies
2 tblsp dried oregano
1 leek, chopped
3 and 1/2 C of stock

How to-

  1. Pre heat the oven at 250 deg C.
  2. Place the bell peppers, squash, garlic, chilli, oregano and season with salt and freshly ground pepper.Drizzle the 2 tblsp of oil over it and toss well.
  3. Place the tray on the top rack of the pre heated oven and bake til the the flesh of the squash is soft ( test with a knife) and the peppers are slightly charred.
  4. Peel the peppers and the squash.
  5. Heat the 1 tblsp of oil and cook the leek till soft.
  6. Puree the peppers and squash. Add the leeks to the food processor along with the puree and pulse again. The leeks do not need to be pureed.
  7. Transfer the mixture to a pan and mix in the stock.
  8. Place the pan over heat and check the seasoning. Simmer, stirring constantly, for a few minutes, till the soup thickens.
  9. Serve hot.

This tasted very good . I even made a batch of these savoury scones to go with the soup.

Soup 2-Split red lentils and butternut squash soup.

Split red lentils are a very major part of our diet. The container is very rarely empty. I make it ever so often. It does not to be dressed up a lot and gets full marks in the taste department.We have it with rice, rotis, parathas, and also on it’s own with plenty of vegetables thrown in. I have posted the recipe for this dal earlier which can be found here.

The only changes that I made in this particular version, is that I added only butternut squash, which was cut up in small pieces, so that it was soft enough to be broken down with the back of a ladle. I also added an inch of ginger, and 3-4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped. The coriander was also there. I also added a teaspoon of ghee in the end (add a dash of lemon in the summer).Garnished with some crushed red chillies and freshly ground pepper, and we were ready to slurp !

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Happy cook November 5, 2008 at 11:54 am

I love that first soup. I have neve rmade soup with roasted vegetables. Will have to give it a try . They way you talked about the aroma in the kitchen makes me reallt want to try them.

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2 Rachel November 5, 2008 at 1:00 pm

i love the idea of roasting veggies for a soup..love them both…

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3 Mishmash ! November 5, 2008 at 2:02 pm

loved the bowl in the last pic and ofcourse the soup too :)

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4 Divya Vikram November 5, 2008 at 2:33 pm

Soup looks lovely..Would love to have it n this rainy weather in LA.. I have never made dhall with vegetables..Sounds a nice option..

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5 Priya November 5, 2008 at 3:17 pm

love the new header Sunita! Its just gorgeous.

I don’t use masoor dal much in my cooking, but bought a pack of it cos your recipes were too tempting :P

I am in a soup mode too these days trying to turn every veggie in my crisper into a soup. Need to make a batch of your savory scones to go with them though.

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6 Aparna November 5, 2008 at 3:41 pm

Yummy looking soups, have been a silent reader of your wonderful blog. Thanks for sharing such wonderful recipes and thoughts.

Aparna Rao

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7 Erik November 5, 2008 at 3:52 pm

I totally agree with you about roasting vegetables…it is my favorite way to cook, and I do it whenever I can.
This sounds like a nice variation to my normal recipes; I will try it soon!

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8 DEESHA November 5, 2008 at 7:07 pm

wow .. loved the idea of roasting veggies .. looks delicious

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9 Ivy November 5, 2008 at 7:48 pm

Perfect comfort food and we are still having hot days in Athens, so we have to wait for some soups.

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10 Superchef November 5, 2008 at 8:49 pm

love roasted squash in soups..i have made a similar soup..with roasted butternut squash, bell peppers and tomatoes..one of my favs :)

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11 meeso November 5, 2008 at 9:31 pm

Wow, that soup is an amazing color!

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12 Ramya Vijaykumar November 5, 2008 at 11:22 pm

I did make butternut squash soup but roasted nope I shall keep in mind to roast ‘em… By the way you have an awesome space, I will keep visiting you…

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13 Jo November 6, 2008 at 5:53 am

Delicious recipes and butternut squash is one of my favourites. I do think roasting the veggies adds additional flavour to the soup.

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14 SMN November 6, 2008 at 7:04 am

Sunita thats such nice warmers for winter i loved the color and also that cute little cups.

Scones also look great!

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15 Nirmala November 6, 2008 at 9:54 am

I want a bowl right now Sunita! Here the nights are colder than usual and I crave for a bowl of soup almost everyday (the only thing by the time I reach home I do not have any enerygy to cookup some soup). Am saving my cravings for the weekend!

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16 sunita November 6, 2008 at 4:55 pm

happy cook,
Do give it a try :-)

rachel,
Thanks…we love them too :-)

shn,
Thanks sweetie :-)

divya,
Thanks…vegetables go very well with masur dal :-)

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17 sunita November 6, 2008 at 5:43 pm

priya
Thanks…amd do try masur dal…it is so quick to cook and nourishing too…doesn’t need to be over dressed :-)

aparna,
Glad you came out of anonymity …nice of you to drop by and say hello:-)

erik,
Thank you…do give it a try :-)

deesha,
Thanks :-)

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18 sunita November 6, 2008 at 5:55 pm

Ivy,
It’s been quite a while since we saw the sun :-)

superchef,
yes, roasted squash does taste great :-)

meeso,
Thank you :-)

ramya,
thanks and welcome to my world…glad you dropped by :-)

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19 sunita November 6, 2008 at 5:59 pm

jo,
You’re absolutely right…rosting does add more flavour :-)

smn,
Thanks :-)

nirmala,
Would have sent some to you if you were near :-)

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20 Mandira November 6, 2008 at 9:07 pm

gorgeous looking soup Sunita!

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21 DK November 7, 2008 at 2:05 am

That pot is worth fighting for! I am so gonna come to ur place and take away the pot! ;-)

Good one Suni. It looks gorgeous!

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22 ann November 7, 2008 at 4:35 am

That soup looks really mouth-watering. You have a great blog here, and love the way the website is designed. Did you design it yourself?

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23 MeetaK November 7, 2008 at 8:54 am

Simply the kind of soup one gets comfy with on a cold dreary day! i too love roasting my veggies and think that pumpkin especially has a wonderful aroma and flavor when roasted.

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24 Sia November 7, 2008 at 11:14 am

soup, gorgeous soup :)

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25 sunita November 7, 2008 at 11:56 am

mandira,
Thanks :-)

dk,
You’ve got a tough fight in your hands ;-)

ann,
Thanks…yes, I did design this space myself :-)

meeta,
Yes, roasting brings out all those wonderful flavours :-)

sia,
Thanks sweetie :-)

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26 Curry Leaf November 7, 2008 at 3:44 pm

Lovely and comforting n chilly nights

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27 nicisme November 8, 2008 at 10:29 am

I only discovered butternut squash last year, and I LOVE it!! Your soup has all of my favourite ingredients, perfect for this time of year, and it’s beautiful.

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28 Usha November 10, 2008 at 11:02 pm

Soup looks delicious, beautiful pictures as usual…

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