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Welcome back to our Hearty Winter meals series! If you haven’t already, I encourage you to read last week’s post by simply clicking on the link and share some of your amazing recipes for all of us to try out :-)

This week I’d like to share my absolute heart warmer and that is the creamy turmeric butternut soup. I always make enough to pack in the freezer for those cold nights when I don’t feel like cooking from scratch. It’s a true life saver. Butternut is packed with Vitamin C to naturally boost our immune system, and turmeric helps balance our blood sugar and also acts as a detox agent. What’s not to like?

The beauty of butternut is also its versatility in preparation and the many ways you can enjoy it – from oven baking, steaming, or sautéed on its own to enjoy as a side or added to salads and stir-fries. It’s my pantry staple because it lasts so long too! If you’ve ever had raw butternut go off in your vegetable rack, then I don’t even know what to say because that thing can last! But I digress. Let’s get back to the business of soup making.

It really doesn’t require a lot to make. Remember, the whole point of this blog it to make quick and easy meals so that we can spend our time on other stuff that truly matter, like actually enjoying the food? Yes.

Ingredients: butternut - halved, 1 onion – chopped (optional - for texture), teaspoon of fresh ginger - chopped, small can of coconut milk, coconut or olive oil, vegetable stock, season with 1 heapful spoon of turmeric, add salt & pepper to taste. For garnish - fresh parsley, toasted sunflower or pumpkin seeds.
Method: boil butternut till soft, then toss in a blender for a purée consistency. In a saucepan, sauté onion & ginger in coconut or olive oil till brown, add vegetable stock – I use Ina Paarman’s (25g sachet makes 1 cup) and bring to boil. Add butternut, coconut milk and season. To serve, add fresh parsley and/or toasted seeds for additional texture.

This soup goes down really well on its own, and with some artisanal bread to dip. Share your thoughts in our comments section and let us know how your soup turned out? Also, what other soups are you making in this cold weather?