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Recipe of the week - Pumpkin/Butternut squash soup (Argentina)

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Serves: 4
Takes: 30 minutes

Pumpkins, potatoes, corn/maize and beans are key components of the cuisine in Argentina and other South American countries. This thick soup has a lovely golden-orange color. It is a good winter warmer and tastes delicious.

3 cups / 450 g pumpkin or butternut squash, diced
1 onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½-1 fresh chili, de-seeded and chopped finely
1 bayleaf
2 cups / 490 ml tomato juice
¾ cup / 200 ml stock
a little milk
1 tablespoon margarine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
salt and pepper

1 First, melt the margarine in a large saucepan and sauté the onion until it is golden. Now put in the garlic, chili, bayleaf and pumpkin or squash. Stir well.
2 Pour in the tomato juice and stock next; bring to the boil. Allow to simmer, stirring from time to time, for 20 minutes or until the pumpkin has softened.
3 When ready, allow the soup to cool a little and remove the bayleaf. Then transfer the soup to a blender, adding a little milk if desired for a thinner mixture. Return to the pan, season and heat through before serving, with the parsley sprinkled on top.

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