More often than not, pumpkins are used for decorating purposes by Haloweeners. However, pumpkin isn’t just another pretty face, it is truly beautiful inside and out, as it is a highly nutritious ingredient that totally deserves to be in your soup, or any other dish 😉
Pumpkin is a healthy fella! Its bright and vibrant colour is a dead giveaway – it’s packed with antioxidants, namely beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin! Pumpkin can also call itself an anti-cancer type of squash, as well as one that helps stabilize blood sugar. To top that off, it is high in phosphorous, the 2nd most prevalent mineral in our bodies (second to calcium) which is also crucial for bone health. It also contains vitamins A and E, which are great for glowing skin, as well as vitamin C which helps maintain skin’s elasticity, as well as prevent against infections. Now that’s a healthy soup with no tricks, just delicious treats! 😉
Alright, alright, alright, here’s the recipe for the warming, nourishing and deeeeeelicious soup 😉
Creamy & Dreamy Pumpkin Soup
- 1 small pumpkin (with a 7 inch diameter, approximately)
- 2 small yellow onions
- 1 shallot
- 1 leek
- 2 potatoes
- 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
- 4 garlic cloves
- Handful of cherry tomatoes (about 6-7)
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 3 tbsp. coconut oil or olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp. paprika
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 2 inch knob of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- Handful of fresh dill
- Salt & pepper, to taste
Note: if fresh pumpkin isn’t available, canned pumpkin would make an excellent stand-in 😉
- Cut pumpkin in half, and scoop out the insides (save the seeds for roasting if you’d like 😉 )
- Using a peeler, peel off the skin and cut into 2-3 inch cubes.
- In a very large pot, add the olive oil, onions, leek, shallot, garlic cloves and ginger. Cook until onions are translucent.
- Next, add veggie broth, potatoes, pumpkin chunks, cherry tomatoes and spices and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and cook until pieces of pumpkin are tender.
- Add contents of your large pot to a food processor or high-speed blender, along with the fresh dill, and blend until nice and creamy.
- Top with some fresh dill or roasted pumpkin seeds and enjoy this soup’s creaminess, sans crème.
Dreams are made of this soup! 🙂