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Tuesday 18 October 2016

Butternut squash soup with ricotta dumplings

This recipe suggestion is by Sarah Randell, at Sainsbury's magazine. It is a chunky butternut soup with ricotta dumplings, and makes a filling meal and a particularly fine autumn / winter lunch ... the amount of carbohydrate per serving is 21.6g so some, living the LCHF lifestyle, may find this too much ... but as always dear reader, the choice is yours.

Serves Four
1 medium butternut squash
3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra
4 shallots, chopped
2 sticks of celery chopped
25 g butter, plus extra
750 ml vegetable stock
a few whole sage leaves

For the ricotta dumplings:
250 g ricotta
1 large egg yolk
3 tbsp grated pecorino
3 tbsp plain flour
1 tbsp finely chopped sage

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6. Peel and de-seed the squash; cut three-quarters into chunks and season. Roast for 35-40 minutes in a tin with half the oil. Dice the remaining squash.
2. Soften the shallots and celery in the butter and remaining oil. Purée the roast squash in a blender with half the stock; add to the shallots and celery with all the stock and diced squash; simmer for 15 minutes.
3. Combine the dumpling ingredients. In a frying pan, fry spoonfuls of the mixture in butter and oil over a low-medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side. Fry the whole sage leaves in butter.
4. Serve the soup topped with the dumplings and frizzled sage leaves.

Get ahead: make to the end of step 2 up to 2 days ahead; you can freeze the soup at this point, too.

Each serving provides
21.6g carbohydrate 3.4g fibre 10.4g protein 26.0g fat

Recipe idea from here

The colour of downy sage leaves and their flavour varies but, in essence, sage is a very strongly aromatic and slightly bitter herb that can withstand long cooking times without losing its flavour.

The strong flavour of sage means that a little goes a long way, especially if you're using dried leaves, so use sparingly. Sage goes well with pork, beef, duck and chicken recipes, and fatty meats in particular. In Italy it is commonly chopped, mixed with melted butter and served stirred into pasta or gnocchi. Fry sage leaves with liver or kidneys, or try dipping them into a light batter and deep-frying - they can be used to garnish dishes or eaten as a snack.

Words and picture about sage taken from here

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All the best Jan


Jo said...

That looks delicious, perfect for these autumn days now the weather is much cooler.

Martha said...

A yummy soup. Perfect for this time of year!

Summer said...

The soup looks awesome, Jan! Happy Tuesday ♥

Mike@Bit About Britain said...

That looks tasty, Jan. Sage can also grow into a very large shrub if left to its own devices - at least, it did when I lived in a sunnier part of the UK!

JFM said...

This is so autumn...yummmmmmm!!!

Mo said...

That looks very tempting

The Happy Whisk said...

I love, love, LOOOOOVVVVE butternut.

Debbie said...

You share the best recipes Jan, this is one of my favorite soups!!

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

This looks sooooo good, Jan! The dumplings sound delicious! x Karen

Lisa said...

This looks so inviting. I bet it feels very nourishing to eat.
Lisa x

Revrunner said...

Gotta couple of Amish squashes on my kitchen table waiting to be cut up, roasted and pureed for November pies. :-)

Magic Love Crow said...

Great recipe!!! Thank you!!!

DeniseinVA said...

Yum, must try :)

Bob Bushell said...

Not bad, I'll have to try some.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

One of my favourite soups Jan!