Butternut soup is a favourite South African starter. The butternut has a flavour all on its own and one can serve it as a starter before a good roast beef or lamb.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 130 mins
- Total Time: 140 mins
2 medium butternuts
2 medium onions
50g butter/margarine (4T)
7 ml medium curry powder (1 ¼ t)
40 g cake flour (4 T)
pinch of ground nutmeg
2 chicken stock cubes
750 ml boiling water (3 c)
500 ml milk (2 c)
7 ml salt (1 ½ t)
Peel, seed and dice the butternuts. Peel, core and chop the apple. Peel the onions and chop roughly. In a large saucepan, saute the chopped onions in the butter/margarine. Add the curry powder and fry the mixture lightly. Add the butternut and apple and saute the mixture for a while. Add the flour and nutmeg and stir-fry lightly.
Dissolve the chicken stock cubes in the boiling water. Add the stock, together with the milk, and salt, to the butternut mixture. Boil for approximately, with the lid on, over moderate heat until the butternut pieces are soft. Stir the mixture occasionally.
Puree or blend until smooth. The colour of the soup should be a deep yellow and the texture creamy. Serve the soup hot.
Each bowl of soup may be garnished with a teaspoon of cream and a little finely chopped parsley. For an interesting variation, replace the nutmeg with a little finely grated orange rind and add a few shreds of orange rind to the garnish.
Makes 2 litres (8 cups) of soup.