Cooking Masterclass 4; Pumpkin Soup

Halloween is coming up, there’s tons of pumpkins out there in the shops. Annabel Karmel would tell you to roast them. I say soup all the way. Until I had kids I didn’t even know how to make soup. Now I realise its easy if you cut a few corners and use low salt vegetable stock cubes.

  • Peel a 1 kg pumpkin (this is about £1.50 worth in the shops). Peeling pumpkins is hard work, best try to get someone else to do that whilst you;
  • Chop an onion
  • Crush a garlic clove
  • Put 1.5 ounces of butter into your saucepan and melt gently use this to fry the onion and garlic until soft.
  • Once the pumpkin is peeled, remove all the seeds and chop it into tiny pieces
  • Put the pieces of pumpkin into the saucepan and toss them with the butter, garlic and onion until soft for about 5 minutes
  • Add to this 1 and a half pints of vegetable stock. I use Kallo low salt organic stock cubes as I’m lazy.
  • Add half a teaspoon of ground Ginger. You can also add some lemon juice and some bay leaves if you are feeling extravagant (I don’t often and it doesn’t seem to make a great deal of difference)
  • Boil this mixture then turn down and simmer for about 25 minutes until the pumpkin is tender
  • Then puree/ blend the mixture
  • Add half a pint of milk to the mixture
  • Reheat, add salt and pepper as you like.
  • Serve with a whirl or dollop of Natural Yogurt and some fresh crusty bread
  • This will make enough for four people. It can be divided in two and frozen at the point prior to putting the milk in.


5 Responses

  1. allgrownup 24th October 2009 / 6:30 pm

    to make pumpkin peeling easier, do as Kat from Slugs on the Refrigerator does & roast 1st with skins, seeds & all, then allow to cool. All mushy so not so much hard work to puree!

  2. Mark 24th October 2009 / 10:41 pm

    When did we start buying pumpkins at Halloween? When I was small we used to use swedes ( we called them turnips up north).<br><br>About you comments on kids pictures – I love the way kids have no inhibitions in the way they draw. An exhibition would be fantastic, though I&#39;d insist on proper drawing – a lot of the so called craft activity that kids do at nursery / school is dull and aimed at

  3. Dan 26th October 2009 / 9:48 am

    Thanks for that, I needed a recipe for pumpkin soup. we have an excess at our house (pumpkins, not soup).

  4. Chic Mama 26th October 2009 / 11:33 am

    Love home made soups. I will try this one, sounds great. I always find that if I chop huge vegetables like pumpkin, butternut squash into smaller more manageable sizes and then peel it&#39;s a lot easier. :0)

  5. miss leslieanne 27th October 2009 / 11:20 am

    I had decided against doing the pumpkin thing for halloween as i never have a clue what to do with th insides- might rethink now, this sounds yummy 🙂

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