In early October my mom brought us a pumpkin and some mums to give the house a little fall flare. Thanks, Mom! I didn't have a chance to make a jack-o-lantern before Halloween and honestly felt a little silly doing so after. But, roasted pumpkin seeds are one of my favorite things about the holiday (and the chocolate, of course), and I just couldn't throw out a perfectly good pumpkin. So, come mid-November, it was time, I made my first attempt at Pumpkin Soup.
Even though logic tells me that pumpkin is a squash, I still expected the soup to taste at least a little like pumpkin pie. The recipe below really doesn't taste like what you envision pumpkin tasting like at all. But, lucky for you, this pumpkin was rather large - so the second half I will be trying my hand at a more traditional pumpkin soup, with allspice and other fall spices...
But for now, here's my pumpkin curry soup!
What's in the fridge:
1 medium sized pumpkin (I used half of this large-ish pumpkin)
1/2 purple onion, chopped
1 TBSP curry (or to taste)
1/2 TBSP cumin (or to taste)
3-4 Cups chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 Cup light cream
- Cut the pumpkin in half and take out the "guts" and seeds. Set the seeds aside for roasting later!
|Pumpkin cut in half|
|Cleaned out pumpkin|
- Bake the sucker! Again, this was a large pumpkin - and it wouldn't fit in the oven. Aka, an excuse to use the double oven! I baked at 350 for 45 minutes, putting the pumpkin directly on the grates, open side down.
|Out of the oven|
- Meanwhile, chop the onion
When you can easily pierce the meat of the pumpkin with a fork, you know it is done. Give it a few minutes to cool then take off the skin and chop into approx 1 inch cubes.
|Remove the skin|
|Left over squash!|
- Saute the onion in olive oil for about 10 minutes or until soft.
- Add in the squash and spices, mix, then let cook for about 5 minutes on low
|onion, squash and spices|
- Return back to the pot and mix in the cream
If there is one thing that soup is not, it's photogenic! Not to mention that I forgot to take the end product photos before digging in! Gotta get back into fridgespiration mode, pronto!
Look for the traditional pumpkin soup recipe after this weekend :)