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Cream of Pumpkin Soup recipe

pumpkinThis pumpkin has been languishing on the windowsill for the last week. Not waiting to be changed into a coach for one of our min pins but to be transformed into a vicious head to ward off the Halloween daemons. Halloween has become a vast industry in Britain. Party and toy shops bulge with decorations and the means to disguise the most innocent looking toddler into a vampire, witch or the sort of half eaten zombie that would not be welcome at your average convention of ghouls.

The children in the house where I’m working have already bought the basics for October 31st. Occasionally one creeps up behind me as I work and tickles my neck with a plastic scythe, the skull mask that looms behind it is truly disturbing. Danny and I add to this multi million pound industry when we remember that it’s Halloween and rush down to the village shop to stock up on sweets for trick or treat. Danny spends the evening praying that no child will visit and he can eat the sweets.

The best thing about Halloween for us is pumpkin soup. My friend Clare gave me this recipe that she adapted from an old vegetarian cook book Entertaining with Cranks. This is the best pumpkin soup I have ever tasted, so it appeals to vegetarians and hardened carnivores alike. We use the soft parts that have been scooped out from the pumpkin head.

Recipe for Cream of Pumpkin Soup (serves 4-6)

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs/900g of pumpkin (peeled, seeds removed and chopped)
  • I large onion (roughly chopped)
  • 1 large potato (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 large carrot (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 stick of celery (chopped and thick strings discarded)
  • 1.5 pts/700 ml of vegetable stock or add two tsp of marigold powder to the same amount of water.
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 1oz/25g of butter
  • half pt of cream
  • 2 tbl spoons of chopped chives to garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation time 25 mins
Cooking time approx. 30 mins

Method:

  1. Melt the butter in a large heavy bottomed saucepan and add all the vegetables.
  2. Cook gently for 5 mins, stirring occasionally. Don’t allow the vegetables to brown.
  3. Pour in the stock and add the stock cube and stir.
  4. Simmer gently until the vegetables are just cooked (about 20 minutes) and then purée with an electric blender.
  5. Return the puréed vegetables to the saucepan and season to taste. Add another 1/2 tsp of Marigold if it needs lifting.
  6. Add the cream and re heat very gently and thin with more stock if necessary.
  7. Sprinkle with the chopped chives and serve.

Tricks and tips:

  • If you plan to freeze this soup do not add the cream until you defrost and serve the soup
  • The soup can also be made with butternut squash instead of pumpkin

Update October 2009: We have a brand new pumpkin soup recipe here.


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43 Comments

  1. anand

    hi,,

    tried the pumpkin soup wow!! My family hates pumpkin ..when i made the soup and gave it they licked it till the last in the wok.. we all loved it… it was the best recipe soup i ever done…thanks for a great recipe.

  2. Fiona Nevile

    Hi Fran,

    Thanks so much for the feedback – much appreciated!

  3. Used this recipe for my first ever try at pumpkin soup, and it was wonderful – the whole family loved it. Very easy to make too!

  4. Fiona Nevile

    Hi Helen,

    This is a good recipe for pumpkin soup. Thanks so much for the feedback.

  5. helen lynch

    your soup turned out wonderful. my friends who were here last night for hallowe’en qave it a big thumbs up. my son was the biggest fan and he used to hate veggies when he was young.helen.

  6. Fiona Nevile

    Hi Helen

    Cream is single. Hope that it turns out well for you.

  7. helen lynch

    Am going to try your recipe. Is it single or double cream?

  8. Fiona Nevile

    Hi Carter,

    Marigold powder is a brand of vegetable stock powder. I am sorry if the recipe was misleading. This stock powder is really useful and I use it all the time. It is in a tub and I have seen it in Waitrose/Tesco/Sainsbury’s.

    A teaspoon in a mug topped up with boiling water makes a great winter drink too.

  9. Ref pumpkin recipe, where can I get Marigold powder?

  10. tractorfactorsteve

    i’ve made a lovely marmalade this year with a summer squash and a few oranges and lemons. the grated squash absorbs the sugar really well so, even if it doesn’t set too well, it has a good ‘firm’ texture. the pumpkin gives it a beautiful golden orange colour. the recipe is in Oded Shwartze’s preserves book. (his recipes ALWAYS work for me)

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