Super easy pumpkin soup

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I know I say this about a lot of my recipes but I really do love this one. It is stupendously easy, even after a crazy busy day at work I can bring myself to make this when I get home. It is very low calorie, pretty much fat free if you don't use oil for the roasting or for garnishing and surprisingly creamy for a dairy free soup. Sometimes I will vary this recipe by roasting the pumpkin with a couple of tablespoons of ras al hanout or cumin powder and chilli flakes, or I might add in some whole garlic and rosemary for something completely different a current favourite is to add a little creamed coconut and thai green or red curry paste when I blend it. There really is no end to what you can do with this awesome, simple recipe. The version in these pictures is topped with a dollop of mascarpone cheese and some smoked chilli and garlic oil.

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Step 1: Ingredients - Makes enough for 2-3 people

1 butternut squash, acorn squash or similar sized amount of pumpkin (approx 1kg unpeeled)
Oil spray (optional)
1 or 2 chicken or vegetable stock cubes (to taste)
c.500ml just boiled water
salt and pepper to taste

Step 2:

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  • Preheat the oven to 200C fan. Cut the pumpkin/squash in half and scoop out the seeds with a spoon.

  • Spray the pumpkin flesh with a little oil if using, season with salt and pepper and any other seasonings you are using. Place the pumpkin cut side down in a roasting pan then put in the oven for around 45 minutes or until cooked. I usually check after 30 minutes. You will know the pumpkin is ready when you can easily insert a knife and the skin is coming away from the flesh.
Excellent recipe. When roasting pumpkins, I sometimes put them flesh side up. It gives it a little bit of caramelization which makes or a more interesting taste.
eatproperly (author)  farflungfloyd2 years ago
Thanks farflungfloyd! Glad you like the recipe. The main reason I roast them cut side down is that I find the flesh comes away from the skin much more easily as it has almost steamed. Also, on occasion, with the cut side up, I have ended up with so much caramelisation that the soup can taste a little bitter. With the cut side down I find I can just leave the pumpkin or squash to roast and not worry about it too much while it's cooking. It's going to taste great however you roast it though.