Photoshoot Soup! (Butternut & Red Pepper actually)

Prep Time:15 mins, Cook Time: 25 mins, Total Time: 40 mins

March 17, 2014

Eat Your Veg | Butternut Squash & Red Pepper Soup

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to have a wee session with a professional ย photographer to finally get some action shots of the Eat Your Veg team (that’s myself, Frannie & Jacques by the way!). The lovely @EmmHobbsย who so happens to be the daughter of my neighbour came along for a Saturday afternoon and snapped away at us, Jacques as ever loved every minute, joyfully playing up to the camera (you can so tell can’t you!) chopping away at the veggies. Frannie had to be blackmailed into any form of co-operation before eventually fleeing from the overdose of veggies on view. And I was just awkward, ever the uncomfortable with a camera in the room!. But that said I’m really pleased with how they came out, plenty of good material to use for future publicity. Whenever that is I actually find the time to do any!

During the shoot we chopped away at a whole heap of veggies and not wanting to waste a bean the onion, garlic, butternut squash, red pepper and carrots went into a soup I made that night. The greenery was Sunday dinner the next day. The soup was further flavoured with sweet smoked paprika, stock and greek yoghurt (I would have normally used creme fraiche but I didn’t have any in, and besides the yoghurt worked fantastically). Most of my soups are devoid of any spice to suit the kids but this time I fancied testing them with a little added flavour, a gamble that paid off as they loved it. Result!. Served up with lashings of cheese on toast they thought it was a real treat of a Saturday night dinner. My kids are so easily pleased sometimes!

Here’s a few of the fun piccies from the day, some of which you’ve probably noticed dotted around Eat Your Veg and my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest pages.

Photoshoot Collage

I’m entering my post to a few bloggie challenges:

1) To Extra Veg, co-hosted by Fuss Free Flavours and this month by Utterly Scrummy, as this is a great vehicle, as most soups are, for chucking in a whole barrage of extra veggies.

2) To No Croutons Required co-hosted by Jac over at Tinned Tomatoes and this month by Lisa’s Kitchen

3) To A Mummy Toos Recipe of the Week event

4) To the No Waste Food Challenge hosted by Elizabeth’s Kitchen, and this month guest hosted by Chris from Cooking Around the World

Butternut Soup Challenge Logos

The Good Stuff:

Onion, Garlic, Carrots, Butternut Squash, Red Pepper

Great For:

Toddlers, Pre-Schoolers, Big Kids, Grown Ups, Lunches, Dinners, Vegetarians


For a little more heat use hot smoked paprika instead, or for zero spice or heat omit the paprika altogether

Special Equipment:

A large saucepan, a hand held stick blender, food processor or liquidiser

Photoshoot Soup! (Butternut & Red Pepper actually)

Ingredients Prep Time:15 mins, Cook Time: 25 mins, Total Time: 40 mins

1 tablespoon rapeseed or olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely sliced
1 large carrot, well scrubbed or peeled, sliced
1 butternut squash, peeled and deseeded, but into 2-3 cm chunks
1 red pepper, seeds and stalk removed, cut into 2-3 cm chunks
1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
1 litre vegetable or chicken stock
black pepper
2 heaped tablespoons Greek yoghurt or creme fraiche

1) Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the onion and saute for 5 minutes before adding the garlic for a further minute
2) Add the carrot, butternut and red pepper, saute for a further 5 minutes. Stir through the paprika for a minute.
3) Poor over the stock and a generous pinch of black pepper
4) Bring to a simmer and leave to bubble away for 25 minutes or until all the veggies are fully tender.
5) Remove from the heat and whiz until smooth with a stick blender or in a liquidiser or food processor.
6) Stir through the yoghurt or creme fraiche and serve piping hot.

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18 thoughts on “Photoshoot Soup! (Butternut & Red Pepper actually)

  1. Jacqueline

    I love the soup, but those photos are just gorgeous!!!! I love them. I could do with some good kitchen shots too. I never have any good photos to pass out. I’m not particularly photogenic though.

  2. Janie

    What gorgeous photo’s! Obviously the kids look scrummy, but so do you Louisa. They’re brilliant and capture the essence of Eat Your Veg perfectly.
    Janie x
    PS the soup looks good too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Emily @amummytoo

    Beautiful and super tempting. Love photos too – natural, bright and smiley ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for linking up with #recipeoftheweek. I’ve pinned and tweeted this post and hope to see you linking up again soon! ๐Ÿ˜€ x


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