Gluten Free Potato and Pumpkin/Squash Soup

This is a real winter warmer and perfect for using those seasonal veggies such as pumpkin.

As it mainly just uses vegetables, it should be safe for those avoiding gluten, milk, eggs, nuts and soya, but do check the labels of any ingredients you use.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Serves: 2 adults

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 leek, cut in to halves length-ways and then sliced

2 garlic cloves crushed or the equivalent prepared GF jarred crushed garlic

500g white potatoes, peeled and chopped in to roughly 2cm chunks

500g pumpkin/butternut squash, peeled and chopped in to roughly 2cm chunks (exclude seeds)

3 GF Vegetable stock cubes

Finely chopped chives, to serve

Optional: Salt and pepper, GF bread roll to serve

Method:

  1. Heat the oil in a fairly large saucepan over a medium heat, then add the chopped leek and garlic, allowing it to cook whilst stirring for two minutes.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and cover the pan with a lid, still checking it occasionally, ensuring nothing is burning, and stirring.
  3. Once the leek is soft, usually after around 5 minutes, remove from the heat.
  4. Using the vegetable stock cubes, make up 3 separate cups of vegetable stock and add it to the pan, also adding in the chopped potato and pumpkin/squash.
  5. Bring to the boil.
  6. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 25 minutes, or until the vegetables are nice and soft.
  7. Allow the mixture to cool for 5 minutes before pureeing it in a blender/food processor until nice and smooth.
  8. Add seasoning if required, such as salt and pepper.
  9. Once poured in to serving bowls, sprinkle with chives and serve with gluten free bread (optional).

To give it a real kick, try adding a little chilli powder.

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