Pumpkin Soup

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This is my twist on a popular pumpkin soup recipe, it's great at this time of year when the days are getting colder and everyone's scooping out all that fantastic pumpkin goop to carve their jack-o-lanterns!

Pumpkin soup is warming, creamy, nutritious and really really tasty! Once made it keeps great in the fridge for up to 5 days. It also freezes really well and if frozen in blocks takes up less space than a skinned and chopped pumpkin.

I added a small amount of cumin to give it warmth and add to the flavour of the pumpkin. This recipe's also fantastic with butternut squash and good with any other squash.

Pumpkins are in season from September onwards.
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Step 1: Ingredients

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Gather your ingredients.

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions
  • 1kg pumpkin or squash flesh (mine was of a medium size, it weighed 1600g before chopping up and 900g after. Small pumpkins tend to be the tastiest)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric (optional)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes
  • 150ml double cream
  • 500ml boiling water
  • dash of pepper

Step 2: The onion

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Finely chop the onions.

Heat the olive oil on a low heat in a large pan.

Add the onions and fry on a low heat until they're soft, not brown.

Step 3: Prepare the pumpkin

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Halloween was too far off when I made this for me to bother with scooping out the insides to keep the skin for lanterns.

Lop off the top and bottom to make it more stable then divided it down the middle. Scoop out the seeds and save them. They're great roasted.

Mine was a nice fresh and young pumpkin from my garden and so the skin was still very thin. A peeler did the job at removing the skin. If yours is slightly older or bigger you make need to shave it off with a sharp knife.

Cut the two halves of the peeled pumpkin into evenly sized cubes.

Step 4: Add the pumpkin

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Add the pumpkin to the pan. Fry with the onion for about 10 minutes until the flesh becomes darker and begins to soften.
jjmh024 months ago

So yummy thank you, even my 9 year old wanted more!

mcvelbar1 year ago
I made it today, it was excellent!thank you :)
I just leave the skin on.
Wonderful recipe, but I have one question: Is there any specific type of pumpkin to be used? Would one want to use a Sugar Baby, or just a Jack-O-Lantern? And yes, there is a pumpkin type called Jack-O-Lantern.
lol im using this for school nice recipe
TarScrap4 years ago
For those of us in the States having trouble with the metric system: 1kg of pumpkin flesh will be around 2.2 pounds, 150 ml is just a touch under 2/3 of a cup, the closest cousin we have to double cream is heavy whipping, and 500ml is just over 2 cups.
Jayefuu (author)  TarScrap4 years ago
Thanks :) I need to go through all my ibles and add imperial measurements soon. On my list of things to do for once I've graduated.
We just need to catch up to the rest of the world and learn the metric system!
banoradude5 years ago
You could also add a boiled softened potato for more body, and to give it more warmth of flavour add a Good curry powder in place of Cumin and Tumeric. There's more spicy flavour, also you could use chicken stock instaed of ware.
...or you could just repost these changes as a its own new recipe since they would destroy what the author has done here. rename it Curry Soup.
laxap5 years ago
Love pumpkin soups! And your intro picture with toasts looks good and appealing (unlike, unfortunately, too many food instructables around).
Jayefuu (author)  laxap5 years ago
Thanks! Glad you think so. I was worried it looked a bit drab. I like the picture of the pumpkin with the top and bottom off best. Nice and colourful.
laxap Jayefuu5 years ago
The intro picture caught my eyes because it has a good scene composition and no cluttered background.
ChrysN5 years ago
This looks yummy, I really like cumin, it gives a nice flavour!
hmm neat idea
Jayefuu (author)  knexsuperbuilderfreak5 years ago
Thanks! It was delicious.
yeh i think ill be trying this
That does sound really good. I've only made pumpkin pie - once I get one of those lovely stick blenders I'll be trying this. :D