The BEST EVER Pumpkin Soup

As Mercester asked for more recipes, here’s a simple and yummy one.

I know I am known to have tickets on myself but this really is the best ever pumpkin soup. And it is not just me who says so.

Look it is on the packet.

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OK, it says Best Pumpkin Soup, but what’s the difference between best and best ever? I do so like hyperbole.

Best of all, this recipe is quick and easy. Very few steps.

Ingredients and Utensils

  • 1.5 kilo chopped pumpkin. (I admit this is the hardest part – chopping pumpkin and cutting off the peel. Love how the packet says “peeled pumpkin”. Have you ever peeled a pumpkin? To be honest, I don’t weigh my pumpkin, just pick a big bit and chop it. I don’t use butternut as the flavour and colour is too wussy. Love the Jap one.)
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  • 1 roughly chopped onion. (The packet says finely chopped, but why bother when you’re going to blend?!)
  • 1 litre of Campbell’s Real Vegetable Stock. This is the key ingredient. It gives the soup depth of flavour. You cannot just use water or stock cubes. OK!
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  • 1/2 cup cream.
  • some nutmeg – however much or little you like. Actually recipe calls for 1/4 teaspoon but I just sprinkle or grate.
  • some pepper to taste.
  • a saucepan and a stick blender.
  • Method
    1. Put pumpkin, onion and stock in saucepan. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer, cover saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes.
    2. Use stick blender to purée in the saucepan. I cover with a tea towel so I don’t get pumpkin everywhere.
    3. Add cream, nutmeg and pepper. Generally doesn’t need it but if it does heat it again over low heat.

    Simple, quick and yummy.

    The observant among you may notice the packet calls for sour cream to serve. Well, I bunk that step. Enough fat in the soup with cream. I don’t not add the sour cream for health, I just prefer it my way.

    Some say soup is not a dinner, but I say tough, it does me and if you’re still hungry make yourself a sandwich kids, or cook dinner next time for all of us.

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    11 thoughts on “The BEST EVER Pumpkin Soup

    1. Thank you for entertaining me on the train platform each morning. I’m enjoying your daily posts.
      But alas, the stock packet lies. For I made THE best pumpkin soup the other day. I even threw caution to the wind and didn’t use a tea towel!
      My version involves chicken stock, cumin, coriander, leek and potato. I was dubious about the herbs (about a tsp of each) but it was delicious. Leeks over onion because I have a thing for them at the moment. More subtle flavour.

      • Yes to the leek. I use it sometimes but currently have a surfeit of onions. And ths time I added a potato. But, while yours may be decidedly yummy, it can’t take the title of best ever. Really the title is taken, and what can beat my simple and quick steps?

    2. Yum, will have to make this one in the fall! haha, I love your thought process about people who say soup isn’t dinner! Soup is one of my favorite meals 🙂

    3. I’m sorry but I also think I own the title of “Best Pumpkin Soup Ever.” The secret of mine is microwaving, not stove-top cooking (it just does something to the consistency)…and it includes curry, potato, carrot and a can of crushed tomatoes. However it’s done though…definitely a meal!

      • Colleague at work uses the microwave for her pumpkin soup. I actually initiated a taste test with 2 other ladies at work to decide who can use the title. (Pretty sure it is mine anyway because I laid dibs first, but I’m happy to share it with someone in Melbourne. Only room for one recipe to use the title in Sydney.) We have the microwave version to go. Currently I’m in the lead.

    4. Threw in a head of cauliflower, used half a litre of real stock but chicken (BF used litre of real vegetable for a chicken risotto?) and a half a litre pretend stock (powder). Generous a-salting and peppering with nutmeg… mmmmmmm

      • Sounds yum!a whole head of cauliflower?

        I’m not a fan of risotto. Just over-rated soggy rice! I like more stuff in my rice. Mr Sans makes to best fried rice – more a paella.

    5. Pingback: Is soup dinner? | lucinda sans

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