Gorgonzola and Squash Soup

Use either butternut squash or pumpkin to make an autumnal soup.
  • 25g butter
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed or finely chopped
  • 500g butternut squash or pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and chopped into chunks
  • 900ml hot vegetable stock
  • 50g Gorgonzola dolce
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 50g Gorgonzola piccante, to garnish
  • Fresh thyme leaves, to garnish

Melt the butter in a large saucepan, and fry the onion until softened. Add the thyme leaves and garlic, and cook for another minute. Add the butternut squash and vegetable stock, and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, turn the heat to low and cook gently for about 20 minutes with the lid on, until the vegetables are tender.

Once the squash is cooked through, remove the soup to a blender or food processor and blend the soup for 15-20 seconds, until completely smooth. Return it to the saucepan and add the Gorgonzola dolce. Stir thoroughly and reheat until piping hot. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Ladle the soup into warmed bowls, then top each portion with crumbled Gorgonzola piccante. Sprinkle with thyme and serve.

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