Star anise-scented butternut soup
- 250g butternut, peeled, seeded and cubed
- 300ml vegetable stock
- 150ml fresh cream
- 10ml (2tsp) honey
- 1 star anise
- Basil/herb of your choice, to drizzle
- 5ml (1tsp) pumpkin seeds
Place all of the ingredients, except the pumpkin seeds, in a saucepan over medium heat and simmer until the butternut is very soft, about 25 minutes.
Place the soup in a food processor and blend until smooth. Pass through a fine sieve, return to the saucepan, adjust the seasoning and reheat.
To serve, pour the warm soup into 2 bowls, drizzle with herb oil and garnish with pumpkin seeds, if desired.