Butternut, Blue Cheese and Basil Soup

This butternut, blue cheese and basil soup is a delicious variation of a classic butternut soup. The rich and fragrant flavour of the basil and blue cheese complement the sweetness of the butternut and create a great end result.

Ingredients

1 or 2 large butternut, skinned, de-pipped and diced
2 tbsp brown sugar + more to taste
2 onions diced
4 cloves of garlic diced
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut milk
One large knob of butter
Water
Salt and white pepper to taste
Gorgonzola or blue cheese
Fresh basil leaves

In a saucepan, melt the butter over a medium/low heat. Add the onions and garlic and lower the heat to allow them to sweat and become nice and glossy.
Add the chopped butternut, brown sugar and cinnamon and add water to just cover. Boil until the butternut is soft then remove from the stove. Add the fresh basil leaves and blend the soup until smooth.
Place back into a saucepan and return to heat. Stir in the coconut milk and season with salt and white pepper and sugar if necessary. Pop in a chunk of blue cheese and allow it to melt in.
Finish with another knob of butter and stir in.

To plate, fill your bowl with the soup, sprinkle with blue cheese and drizzle with basil pesto oil, add a sprinkle of flake salt and a grind of black pepper.

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Alex Poltera

There was probably no way on Earth that Midlands Chef Alex Poltera was not going to end up in a kitchen. Growing up in a household of accomplished and award-winning chefs was bound to have some effect on his upbringing. From a young age, Alex would spend family holidays catching fresh seafood along the Wild Coast.

Author: Alex Poltera

There was probably no way on Earth that Midlands Chef Alex Poltera was not going to end up in a kitchen. Growing up in a household of accomplished and award-winning chefs was bound to have some effect on his upbringing. From a young age, Alex would spend family holidays catching fresh seafood along the Wild Coast.

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