What better way to mark the beginning of October than a delicious homemade pumpkin soup? Mmm, this is one thing I could never resist. This pumpkin soup is so delicious, that even if you aren’t very fond of pumpkins (as I am) you’re almost certainly going to enjoy that one! 🙂
A few days ago I had bought a pumpkin from the local store and was looking forward to the moment when I’ll have enough time to deal with it. Yup, it’s not easy! Especially if you’re short on sharp knives… It took me awhile, but finally yesterday afternoon I put myself to the task. I used half of the pumpkin and the other half I peeled and cut into pieces, which I then put in the freezer for storage. Pumpkin freezes very well! You can also boil it and freeze as puree (very suitable if you’re feeding a baby as well).
Here’s how to make it:
- Half a pumpkin (a small one)
- 1 potato
- 2 carrots
- Quarter of an onion (or half if it’s too small)
- 1 cup vegetable stock (or 1 cube if you use store-bought)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Ginger (optional)
- Prepare the vegetables (pumpkin, potato, carrots, and onion). Wash, peel and cut them into pieces, then put them in a pot. Cover with water and place on the stove to boil.
- Once the water is boiling, add the vegetable stock. Put salt and pepper to taste and let it boil until the vegetables are soft. I put ½ tsp of salt and even less pepper. If you like ginger, make sure you put some as well. It’s magical!
- Blend everything together. TIP: If you have too much water in the pot, it might be better to pour some of it into a separate container before blending the vegetables. After that you can pour it back in until you reach the desired consistency.
This soup is a wonderful way to enter into the autumn season. The smell of pumpkin is so unique that it’s difficult to be associated with anything else.
Tip for babies and toddlers: I blended part of the soup separately before seasoning it. That way I had two small portions for my little boy as well.
Don’t throw out the pumpkin-seeds. Place them on a sheet of paper and wait until they’re dry. After that – wash and roast them 😉
What is your favorite autumn dish? Share with me in the comments below.