Squashy bottom soup bowls
This easy-to-make soup doesn’t even require any bowls – just eat it straight out of the shell, saving on the washing up and adding to the entertainment. It’s a great child-pleaser and has endless variations with different garnishes – some fried shiitake or chestnut mushrooms would up the earthy autumnal feel.
Ingredients:4 small squash (onion squash is ideal) 300g Cheddar, grated 100g vegetarian Parmesan-style cheese, grated 40g butter Few gratings of nutmeg 4 small thyme sprigs 800ml double cream Salt and black pepper
- Heat the oven to 190C/375F/ Gas 5. Slice the tops off the squash and scoop out the seeds and pulp, then place the squash bowls, cut-side up on a baking tray (reserve the lids).
- Divide the cheeses and butter between the squash and add a grating of nutmeg and a small sprig of thyme to each, then pour in the cream to two thirds of the way up each squash bowl. Season with generous amounts of black pepper and salt – bear in mind the saltiness of the cheeses you use.
- Put the lids on, place on a baking tray and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the size of your squash, until tender. Eat by mixing the soft squash flesh into the hot cream.