The flavor of this soup comes from the combination of the sweetness of the squash and the sharpness of the garlic so feel free to add even more garlic than I do if you like the punchiness.
2 tbsp mild olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
5 garlic cloves, crushed
1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed and diced
1 cup yellow lentils, washed
1 1/2 litre vegetable broth
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
A handful of fresh coriander, finely chopped
Virgin olive oil for drizzling
Place olive oil and onion in a large soup pan and cook on a medium heat.
Let the onion sweat well until they just start to brown, then add the garlic and a minute later the cubed butternut squash. Keep cooking and stirring for 5-7 minutes.
Add the broth and lentils, mix well, season and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and let simmer for another half an hour.
Mix well, taste and adjust seasoning. Serve with some fresh coriander leaves and a drizzle of virgin olive oil.