Spicy Butternut Squash Soup


2 tablespoons sunflower or olive oil
1 large onion
2 cloves garlic
Half a teaspoon ground cumin
Half a teaspoon ground cinnamon
Half a teaspoon ground ginger
Quarter teaspoon ground cloves
Ground black pepper
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1kg butternut squash
750 ml vegetable stock
1 tin chickpeas
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (or similar)
1 tbs lemon juice
Salt and pepper


Peel and chop the onion & garlic.
Peel the butternut squash and cut into chunks.
Heat the oil in a large pan and add the onion and garlic
Cook gently for 2-3 minutes until beginning to soften, then add the spices, sugar and butternut squash
Cook for 5 minutes, stirring until fragrant.
Pour in the stock and bring to the boil.
Simmer gently until the squash is tender.
Add the chickpeas, Tabasco and lemon juice.
Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
Puree the mixture in a food processor or with a handheld blender until smooth. Serve piping hot, with a sprinkling of cayenne if liked.