It's the time of year for warm, hearty home-made soup.
Give this simple recipe a go, enriched with plenty of vitamins to ensure your immune system is kept strong, with added benefits for radiant skin and healthy hair.
1 Butternut Squash cut into cubes
1 Onion finely chopped
1 chilli de-seeded and finely chopped
3 garlic cloves finely chopped
1/2 red pepper finely chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
800ml hot veg stock
3 tbsp creme fraiche
Sprinkle of Paprika
Peel and cut the butternut squash into cubes, remove the seeds and centre. ( These can also be bought prepped already)
Bring some hot water to a boil in a pot, add the butternut squash and boil for 15 mins or until soft.
While the butternut squash is boiling heat a pan to a medium heat, add the oil and butter, fry onion, garlic, pepper and chilli till softened, approx 5 mins. If these start to burn add a splash of water to the pan and lower the heat.
When the butternut squash is soft, drain and add onion, chilli and garlic from the pan to the pot with a sprinkle of Paprika.
Add 800ml of stock and 3 tbsp creme fraiche. Blitz mixture together until smooth.
Season to taste
Serve with some creme more creme Fraiche on top.
This goes well with a mixed salad and Tuna melt on Soda bread.