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Simple Pumpkin Soup

Scuba
February 18th, 2009, 11:17 PM
This is a very simple pumpkin soup recipe and in my opinion also a healthy one. There is quite a lot of pictures so please don't reply until I have posted everything.

Thanks and hope that everyone will go and try it.

1)Pick a ripe pumpkin or buy one and store in a cool, dry and dark place until ripe.

Scuba
February 18th, 2009, 11:18 PM
Prep the pumpkin.

1) Chop in half, scoop out the seed (can roast it if you want).
2) Peel it, I find it is less messy to peel it at this stage.

Scuba
February 18th, 2009, 11:20 PM
Chop the pumpkin up into equal size chunks.

1) Chop it up.
2) Drizzle a little vegetable oil of choice, pinch of salt and pepper. Coat and mix well.
3) Put into an over (no real need to preheat - 400F for about 30-40 minutes)

Scuba
February 18th, 2009, 11:22 PM
Whilst pumpkin is roasting, prep other things.

1) Onion and garlic, size of onion used and amount of garlic is dependent on size of pumpkin used.
2) Chop onion, use a sharp knife to avoid tears. Or chill the onion in the fridge before hand.
3) Chop the garlic, nothing fancy needed.

Scuba
February 18th, 2009, 11:26 PM
Normally I use homemade stock but I don't have any a the moment so I used store bought. Go for low sodium stuff if possible. I used chicken but beef broth would work just as nicely. If you want a totally vegetarian dish, just use vegetable stock.

1) Have the onion and garlic ready.
2) Preheat a pan with some vegetable oil.
3) Saute the onion for a bit.

Scuba
February 18th, 2009, 11:31 PM
Don't let the onion burn, just sweat it a little then add the garlic to it.

1) Add the garlic once the onion gets some colour to it.
2) Salt, pepper and herbs (use fresh or dry) I used some dried supermarket Italian herb in a bottle.
3) Add the stock once everything is smelling good. (READ ABOVE POST ^)

Scuba
February 18th, 2009, 11:34 PM
1) Add the stock to the pot and let it heat up.
2) I am just warming up some soup (tomato based chicken soup) I made the day before whilst I am waiting.
3) Also check on the pumpkin to see that it is not burning.

Scuba
February 18th, 2009, 11:54 PM
VERY IMPORTANT, don't go over board with the stock. You want to taste the Pumpkin not the stock. I used just over a cup (~300 ml of stock).

1) Once the pumpkin are nicely roasted. Place into the stock, use a fork (good way to also test if the pumpkin is done).
2) Cover the pumpkin with water, you want the pumpkin totally immersed in liquid. Since it will reduce a little when you shimmer it.
3) Put the lid on and let it shimmer for a while, until the pumpkin is really tender and almost falling apart (maybe 10-15 minutes).
4) Put into blender and blend it until smooth.

PS. An immersion blender would be best but I don't have the money to get one so I just use a regular blender.
PPS. Amount of stock used would also be dependent on the size of pumpkin used. I had a small pumpkin this time, hence a medium sized onion and a little over a cup of stock.

Scuba
February 19th, 2009, 12:00 AM
Remember to let it cool a bit before blending and cover the blender with a folded piece of paper towel to let steam escape.

1) Blend in batches if your blender or food processor is not large enough. I had to blend two separate times. (This Braun blender is older than I am!)
2) Return to the pot to bring back up to the desired temperature, I like my soups pipping hot! Also season to taste now before serving.
3) Serve it up and enjoy, here I am eating it with a nice piece of bread. Often times people will finish the soup with heavy cream or half and half. I don't since the soup is smooth enough as it is the way I make it. Plus it is healthier this way.

hazelrunpack
February 19th, 2009, 10:07 PM
Yum! http://bestsmileys.com/bouncing/6.gif

Only I don't have a blender. :o Think it would be just as good if I used a hand mixer to puree it?

TeriM
February 19th, 2009, 10:23 PM
I'm not a fan of pumpkin soup but wanted to say what an excellent tutorial you did Scuba :thumbs up.

Scuba
February 19th, 2009, 11:05 PM
Yum! http://bestsmileys.com/bouncing/6.gif

Only I don't have a blender. :o Think it would be just as good if I used a hand mixer to puree it?

Hand mixer is fine, the final texture of the soup will not be as smooth. Might even be a little lumpy. Won't affect the taste though and some people like their soup a little lumpy. If I make potato soup for company I have to leave it lumpy for one of my friends.

If I was going to use a hand mixer, I would do things a little differently however.

1) Let the pumpkin shimmer a little longer.
2) Use a ricer (device to make mash potatoes) or a masher to break up the pumpkin first.
3) Once it is all broken down, let it shimmer a little again (maybe 5 minutes) before mixing.
4) Take it off the heat and make sure the sides of the pot is high enough so that you don't get bits of soup everywhere.

hazelrunpack
February 19th, 2009, 11:19 PM
Thanks, Scuba. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water. :o Now I just have to remember to put the ingredients on the shopping list next week. :D

onster
February 20th, 2009, 12:05 AM
What a great pictorial Scuba :thumbs up

I think ill try this sometime this week :D

Question: How do you know a pumpkin is ripe? (We dont use pumpkin in my house :o ).

Scuba
February 20th, 2009, 02:40 AM
What a great pictorial Scuba :thumbs up

I think ill try this sometime this week :D

Question: How do you know a pumpkin is ripe? (We dont use pumpkin in my house :o ).

Onster, if you look at the first post you will notice that the green pumpkin has bits of yellow and orange on its skin, that is ripe. The green pumpkin is Japanese squash, one of the reason why I like using them is that when they go ripe they change colour.

You can use any type of squash or pumpkin for this recipe. Slightly different flavour and texture with each one, but any is fine. I just like using the Japanese variety. Just buy it and store it in a cool room or cellar for a few weeks.

onster
February 20th, 2009, 06:00 PM
Thanks scuba! Ill def try it out :thumbs up