• Jo Murray

Homestyle Pumpkin Soup

Updated: Mar 23, 2021

Pumpkin soup is definitely a favourite at our place whether it's eaten for a snack or lunch and even dinner. I always make a large batch, especially when I find Jap or Kent pumpkin at a low price, and freeze portions so it is ready to go for week days at work or for when anyone feels like a soup hit.

While my version doesn't have common ingredients such as potatoes or cream it is still somewhat thick and actually does taste a little creamy. Great for the waistline - a big bowl of this vegetable jam packed soup without added extras. To be honest, I don't think it needs any cream - once blitzed it has a velvety texture and is quite balanced. There is only a slight hint of the nutmeg which makes quite a change to the flavour but isn't bold nor intrusive.

This recipe, which I cannot fully take credit for, is another hand down from my mam and was something that I grew up eating. It does however allow the individual to jazz their serving up as they wish by adding a swirl of yoghurt or cream or as my children do, without fail, add a handful of grated tasty cheese!

Homestyle Pumpkin Soup

Serves: 16

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4kgs Kent or Jap pumpkin, peeled, seeds removed and diced

2 onions, diced

16 cups water

2 tablespoons chicken stock powder

1 teaspoon crushed garlic

2 teaspoons crushed ginger

pinch ground nutmeg

In a very large saucepan place pumpkin, onions, water, stock powder, garlic and ginger and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes or until pumpkin is very tender. Allow to cool slighty.

Blend with a stick blender or food processor until smooth. If using a food processor you will have to do this in batches. Add nutmeg to taste.

Return to medium heat and warm through - do not boil. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve by itself or with your favourite condiment ie a swirl of yoghurt or low fat cream, some fresh chives or even some grated tasty cheese, etc. (Remember to add SmartPoints for any additions).


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