Recently, our youngest has also left home leaving only the two of us for dinner. But I still make too much food. And I still buy too much food. In my fridge is a butternut, far too big for two people. We have had roasted butternut, risotto with butternut, butternut soup…and I still have butternut left. I’ve pushed it right to the back in the fridge. I don’t want to see it. At least for a while.


Butternut soup with orange.

  • 1 Tablespoon of organic coconut oil 
  • About 500 g of butternut, peeled and cubed
  • 1 big shallot
  • 750 ml of vegetable broth, organic
  • 350 ml freshly squeezed orange juice
  • grated rind or one orange
  • bouquet garni(parsley stems, thyme, bay leaves wrapped and tied in green part of leek)
  • salt and pepper
  1. Sauté the shallot in the coconut oil until tranclucent.
  2. Add the butternut and sauté for a few minutes more.
  3. Add the hot vegetable broth, the bouquet garni and the grated orange rind and let simmer gently for 30 minutes or until the butternut is very soft. Remove from the heat and remove the bouquet garni.
  4. Puree with a handmixer until smooth. Place back on the heat and add the orange juice. Bring the soup to a simmer and season to taste. If you have some undesired orange pulp in your soup, you can mix it again to a smooth consistency.
  5. Decorate with some orange slices or  a swirl of cream.
  6. Serve warm with a hearty wholewheat bread.

                                                                                        Serves 4 as a main meal


7 thoughts on “Butternut and orange soup

  1. Mmmm. Butternut and Orange. It sounds a wonderful combination. And good luck with this new phase of your life. It certainly is an interesting time when your kids leave home. It took me a while to adjust.


  2. I adore butternut soup too. I usually make mine with curry spice – I should give orange a try for a change! Gorgeous sunset photo too.


  3. I make this soup all the time – was trolling for new recipes and old and this is a very good one. In case people around the world do not know, South Africa can get quite cold in winter! We have snow on the mountains and the temperature at night goes down to -6 degrees in some places. What makes us so cold is that all our houses are geared for hot weather and not cold so none of our houses are insulated.


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