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Roasted Butternut Squash and Red Lentil Soup with Cinnamon

Course Appetizer, Soup
Servings 6


  • 1,3 kg butternut squash, seeded and cubed, but not peeled
  • 1 and ½ cups (270 grams) red lentils
  • 8 cups (2 liters) light vegetable broth
  • ½ teaspoon plus 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 small dried red chiles, stemmed and finely cut
  • salt to taste
  • 2 large white onions, finely chopped
  • olive oil
  • a handful chopped coriander, for serving
  • 8 tablespoons pine nuts


  • Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC. Line a baking dish with parchment paper and lightly coat it with olive oil. Add the cubed butternut squash, sprinkle with a little salt, and roast for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the squash is tender and golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool at room temperature.
  • In the meantime, heat a large pot over medium-heat, add a few glugs of olive oil, the chopped onion, dried chiles and ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Cook, stirring often, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the onion has softened.
  • Add the lentils and stock to the pan. Bring to a boil and, once boiling, reduce the heat to a low-medium and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the lentils are cooked. Once the lentils are cooked, add the roasted butternut to the pot, and season with salt.
  • With an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth.
  • Toast the pine nuts in a large dry skillet over medium-high heat. It should take about 3 to 4 minutes to get them slightly brown. At the last minute of toasting, stir in 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, mixing well until the pine nuts are well coated.
  • To serve, transfer the soup to deep plates and add the chopped coriander and one tablespoon per person of the toasted pine nuts.
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