Butternut squash velouté with toasted pumpkin seeds. Pic: Great British Chefs

This starter celebrates the exquisite versatility of squash, making the most of butternut, pumpkin seed and pumpkin oil and is easy to make.

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Ingredients

100g of butter

2 onions, sliced

2 garlic cloves

1000g of butternut squash

2l vegetable stock

200g of double cream

200g of pumpkin seeds, toasted

50g of pumpkin seed oil

50g of extra virgin olive oil

50g of water

50g of sugar

200g of butternut squash

100ml of rice wine vinegar

1 tbsp of pumpkin seeds, toasted

1 handful of micro herbs

Pumpkin seed oil

Salt

Method

To make the velouté, place a heavy-based pan and add the butter. Once foaming, add the onion and sweat until soft but not coloured, then add the garlic and cook out for an additional 3-4 minutes. 

Peel and roughly dice the squash. Add to the pan and stir to coat in the onion, garlic and butter for 5 minutes. Add the stock and cook until the squash is soft and tender. Add the cream, bring to a simmer and remove from the heat.

Place in a blender and blitz until very smooth. Season to taste and pass through a fine strainer before setting aside to cool. For the pumpkin seed paste combine all of the ingredients together in a blender and blitz until smooth. Season to taste and set aside. 

For the pickled butternut squash, bring the vinegar, water and sugar to the boil in a pan, then reduce the heat but keep hot. Use a peeler to take thin strips off the butternut squash and place into the hot pickling liquor. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

Reheat the velouté and use a stick blender to froth slightly. Pour into warm serving bowls, wrap a strip of pickled squash around your finger to form a ring and place into the soup. Finish with a swipe of the pumpkin seed paste, a drizzle of the oil, the toasted seeds and the micro herbs. Serve immediately.

Visit GreatBritishChefs.com for more velouté recipes.

* The Independent