Rooibos-scented courgette and butternut squash soup

A hearty soup for chilly winter evenings

Butternut soup with rooibosPREP: 15 minutes – COOK: 1 hour 30 minutes

Makes one large pot for a table of hungry family and friends – Serves 8 to 10

1. Bring the water to the boil. Infuse the rooibos for 15 minutes in a large teapot or jug, using a muslin or cheesecloth bag.

2. Peel and dice the vegetables. Place in a large pot and pour in enough strained rooibos infusion to cover the vegetables to three-quarters. Bring to the boil, lower the heat and simmer for about 1 hour 30 minutes, or until well softened.

3. Set aside the cooking liquid. Place the vegetables in a blender and process for a few minutes, adding a little liquid if necessary to thin. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle in a little olive oil. Serve immediately.