Fresh Pumpkin Soup with Warm Spices
Around harvest time is the best time to make homemade pumpkin soup, a deliciously sweet and flavorful soup with carefully selected spices to warm the senses. This aromatic pumpkin soup is so gorgeous and you can use the flesh left over from your carved Halloween pumpkins to make it. What better time to enjoy a lovely homemade pumpkin soup recipe made with fresh pumpkin?
There is more to pumpkins than just Halloween though, and plant relatives of the pumpkin date back to around 5400 BC. Our ancestors not only enjoyed the nutritional benefits this vegetable offers but they also had medicinal uses for it. Some would eat the seeds fresh or dried, for example, to boost kidney function. Others would mash the seeds along with watermelon seeds to make a paste which could be applied to wounds. The oil extracted from the seeds was used on wounds or burns. These early peoples would cultivate herbs and plants and use pretty much every part of them.
These days it is again necessary to find out more about ensuring your family gets adequate nutrition, and a lot of us face a struggle to make ends meet, which is why using something like a pumpkin means you can carve it for a fun Halloween, roast the seeds as a nutritious snack, and also transform the flesh into pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie or another pumpkin dish. You can use one humble pumpkin for 3 different things. In the following recipe, the pumpkin is paired with shallots, potatoes and carrots, along with aromatic flavors such as cinnamon, cumin, cloves, and coriander. The result is a meaty and delicious soup which is loved served with a dollop of cream and some cilantro on top.
- 5 cups vegetable stock
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 chopped potatoes
- 2 sliced celery stalks
- 1 tablespoon ground coriander
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- 4 chopped shallots
- 2 chopped carrots
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 lbs chopped pumpkin
- Cilantro, for garnish
- Sour cream, to serve
- Sauté the shallots and celery for 5 minutes.
- Add the carrots and potatoes and sauté for 5 more minutes.
- Add the spices and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add the pumpkin and vegetable stock and bring to a boil.
- Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
- Pour contents of saucepan into a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
- Return the soup to the saucepan and adjust your seasonings to taste.
- Serve hot garnished with a dollop of sour cream and some cilantro, if liked.
This rich, creamy and fresh-tasting soup is perfect for the fall or winter months, when you are craving something hearty and warming. Fresh pumpkin is best here but use canned if the fresh kind is unavailable for whatever reason. The pumpkin is joined by potato, celery and carrots, along with shallots and earthy spices like cumin, coriander and cinnamon, to showcase the amazing flavor of the pumpkin. The soup is pureed to silky perfection then served with cream and/or cilantro if you want. Enjoy this for lunch or dinner, perhaps paired with some crusty bread for ensuring you get every last drop of soup and do not have to leave one single drop in the bowl.
More Than 135 Light, Healthy, Delicious and Beautiful Soups in 60 Minutes or Less
by Camilla V. Saulsbury
Boasting more than 150 delicious soup recipes, you will find yourself turning to this hardcover book time and time again, whenever you are in the mood for a classic soup, a way to use up whichever ingredients you want to use, or a brand new idea for a flavorful soup the family is going to love. Try the West African peanut soup if you want something smooth and creamy, or the green chicken chowder for something hearty and warming. Exotic Asian soups, trendy butternut bisque, vegetarian delights, Italian minestrone, and low-fat soups are just some of your options, but there are far too many to list here. Reviewers love this book because it is packed with so many wonderful soup ideas and you are not going to run out of soup options. The recipes are down to earth, delicious and the ingredients are easy to source too. Each recipe has been extensively tested and nothing has more than 10 grams of fat per serving. The soups are categorized so you can quickly find the perfect recipe, whether you are searching by prep time, ingredients, cuisine, or calories. This is a definite must-have if you are into making homemade soups because every single one is tasty, simple to make and sure to become a firm family favorite.
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