Squash laksa soup

Laksa Soup

Serves 4

  • 1 butternut squash

  • 1 dried red chilli

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • olive oil

  • 2-3 fresh red chillies, deseeded

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 1 thumb-sized piece fresh ginger, peeled

  • 1 large bunch fresh coriander, leaves picked, stalks reserved

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 2 limes, zested and halved

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 800 ml unsweetened light coconut milk

  • 300 ml organic chicken stock

  • 200 g rice noodles

  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and sliced, optional

  • cress, to serve, optional

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Halve the squash, deseed, then cut into 8 slices or chunks (skin on) and put into a roasting tray. Bash up the dried chilli and a pinch of salt in a pestle and mortar. Sprinkle over the squash, drizzle with olive oil and bake for 40 minutes.



Finely chop or whiz the chillies, garlic, ginger and coriander stalks in a food processor. Add the sesame oil, lime juice, zest and fish sauce and whiz to a thin paste.



Heat a large pan or wok. Pour in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and quickly stir in the paste. Cook for about a minute before adding the coconut milk and chicken stock.



Turn the heat down and simmer for about 15 minutes. Taste – you may need to add fish sauce, lime juice or a bit of salt and pepper.



Add the noodles to the soup, simmer for a few minutes, then divide between 4 bowls. Break over 2 pieces of squash. If you like, top with sliced red chilli and cress.



Tip: For a quick fix, use a good laksa paste instead of making your own.

Nutritional Information

Squash laksa soup

With chilli, ginger and coconut

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Method

Spice things up with this delicious Malay dish.

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Halve the squash, deseed, then cut into 8 slices or chunks (skin on) and put into a roasting tray. Bash up the dried chilli and a pinch of salt in a pestle and mortar. Sprinkle over the squash, drizzle with olive oil and bake for 40 minutes.

Finely chop or whiz the chillies, garlic, ginger and coriander stalks in a food processor. Add the sesame oil, lime juice, zest and fish sauce and whiz to a thin paste.

Heat a large pan or wok. Pour in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and quickly stir in the paste. Cook for about a minute before adding the coconut milk and chicken stock.

Turn the heat down and simmer for about 15 minutes. Taste – you may need to add fish sauce, lime juice or a bit of salt and pepper.

Add the noodles to the soup, simmer for a few minutes, then divide between 4 bowls. Break over 2 pieces of squash. If you like, top with sliced red chilli and cress.

Tip: For a quick fix, use a good laksa paste instead of making your own.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:
  • Calories 714 36%
  • Carbs 61.4g 27%
  • Sugar 17.8g 20%
  • Fat 44.0g 63%
  • Saturates 22.5g 112%
  • Protein 15.9g 35%
Of an adult's reference intake

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