A soup to welcome Autumn

I love this time of year, the tastes change and I find myself craving more stubstantial earthier tasting food,  soups and stews, mushrooms and apples. The way the seasons pass is  wonderful, we had our first fire of the season, and to mark it I wanted something earthy and warming.

Here’s my  simple soup recipe with crookneck squash, red lentils and warming spices.

Sweat off a finely chopped onion and a couple of chopped garlic cloves in olive oil, in a large saucepan, add a teaspoon of fennel seeds, a dried chilli ( I used a smokey chipotle to add an extra smokey element). Let the spices toast slightly to release their  flavour, and add a cup full of red lentils and a chopped medium squash. Cover with vegetable stock or boiling water and leave to simmer for 40 mins before blitzing with a hand blender.

Serve with a good dollop of plain yoghurt, some chopped chives, croutons and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Then wait for the glow of autumn warmth.

I’m planning on posting a series of good heartwarming autumnal recipes, so watch this space.

8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Cookery For Two on November 19, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Any thoughts on where to get red lentils? Trader Joes? Whole Foods? Have you ever tried with regular lentils? I would be afraid those may change the beautiful color : (

    Reply

    • Hi, i’m not sure in the US, but they are very easily available in the UK, I would have thought a health food shop, they are used extensively in Indian dahls etc. Do you mean green lentils? I’m sure they’d be fine just as you say a different colour.
      Cheers
      Marcus

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  2. This soup looks delicious. You could even do different spices if you wanted to – or, you know, if your gf were a picky eater…

    Reply

    • Thanks,, yes you could change out and use different spices, thai style with lemon grass and ginger, or Indian with Garam masala, cumin and turmeric.
      What spices were you thinking of ?
      Cheers
      Marcus

      Reply

  3. Yum! I’m all about making large batches of soups right now and freezing some for winter. Looks like I’ll have to try this out!

    Reply

  4. Oh wow, I NEED to make this, it just looks too good.

    Reply

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