I was delighted to be asked by Waitrose to create an Autumn Warmer recipe to celebrate the season. This autumn Waitrose are celebrating Britain’s warmest dishes, and they would love to see what you’re cooking! Whether it’s homemade comforting soup, a delicious apple crumble or a traditional Sunday Roast they would be delighted for you to share your makes and bakes with them.
Simply post photos or tell them about your favourite autumnal food and drink on social media using @Waitrose and #AutumnWarmers for a chance to win a range of prizes, including a baking bundle, a Sage by Heston Blumenthal multicooker and a ultimate roast dinner for you and your friends!
The leaves on the trees are currently turning lovely colours and there is a crisp chill in the air. I decided to be inspired by the lovely colours of autumn leaves and make a soup a vegetables that mimic those colours.
I created this Beetroot and Autumn Vegetable Soup which is vibrant and delicious, packed with vegetables to ward off any sniffles. Our baby boy and I enjoyed this soup for lunch, and my older 3 daughters enjoyed some as an after school snack. It went down very well indeed, a scrumptious serving of Autumn produce.
Beetroot and Autumn Vegetable Soup
1 Tblsp oil
1 large onion, diced
2 sticks celery, diced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 tsp ground mixed spice
300g butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1 inch dice
300g sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1 inch dice
200g pack cooked beetroot in natural juice, roughly chopped
700ml vegetable stock
juice of 2 lemons
Put a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the oil, onion and celery. Cook until softened. Add the garlic and cook for a couple more minutes. Sprinkle in the mixed spice, add the squash, sweet potato and vegetable stock. Bring to the boil, cover, and cook for about 15 minutes until the vegetables are very tender. Add cooked beetroot and juice. Cook for 5 - 10 minutes util the beetroot is tender. Add the lemon juice and stir to mix. Leave the soup to cool for at least 10 minutes before blending with a hand held stick blender or blending in batches in a jug blender.
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