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  • Writer's pictureKimberley Kells

Pumpkin Soup

Everyone seems to love Pumpkin Soup, and its easy to understand why. Not only is it quick and easy to cook, it's cheap to make, low in calories and a big pot can feed a crowd! During Winter its on constant rotation in my house, if you've never made it yourself before, give it a go!

Choice of sides are plentiful when it comes to soup. Some people are all about croutons, a sandwich for dipping or just a crusty bread roll, but what I really love is a side of crispy bacon with my soup! #bacon4eva. Again the choice is up to you when it comes to the addition of cream. I think this soup is lovely on its own, but if you like, you can drizzle with some pouring cream, sour cream or creme fraiche. I've done it here mostly to look pretty in the pictures, but usually I would only add cream if I happened to have some in the fridge.

“Blended vegetable soups all follow the same basic steps: saute onion and garlic, add a chopped vegetable of choice, top with stock, simmer and blend. So once you have mastered this, you can use the same recipe and substitute whatever you have on hand. This works really well with mushrooms, broccoli, potato and leek, cauliflower or any combination you can come up with.”

Pumpkin Soup an original recipe by Kimberley Kells

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves: 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children

1 Onion, chopped

2 Cloves of Garlic, chopped

900g of Pumpkin, peeled and chopped into chunks

1 Litre of Chicken Stock

Step 1- In a large pot, saute the onion and garlic over medium heat until soft.

Step 2- Add in the pumpkin and top with stock until everything is covered.

Step 3- Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to medium and allow for a strong simmer with the lid on, until the pumpkin is soft (about 10-15 minutes). Turn the heat off.

Step 4- Using a stick blender, blend the soup in the pot until smooth. If you don't have a stick blender, you can transfer to a bench top blender but be very careful of the hot liquid.

Step 5- Serve with sides of your choice and a drizzle of cream if you wish.

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