Pumpkin soup is a comforting and delicious dish, perfect for a cozy meal. Here’s a straightforward recipe that’s sure to satisfy your cravings:
1 medium-sized pumpkin (about 2 to 3 pounds), peeled, seeded, and diced into chunks
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth for non-vegetarian option)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup heavy cream (optional, for a creamier soup)
Toasted pumpkin seeds, for garnish (optional)
Fresh parsley or chives, for garnish (optional)
Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the pot. Sauté for about 5 minutes, or until the onions become translucent and fragrant.
Add the diced pumpkin to the pot and continue to cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Sprinkle the ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg over the pumpkin and onion mixture. Stir well to coat the ingredients with the spices.
Pour in the vegetable broth (or chicken broth) and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until the pumpkin is tender and easily pierced with a fork.
Using an immersion blender or a regular blender, carefully puree the soup until smooth and creamy. If using a regular blender, blend in batches and be cautious as the hot liquid can expand and splash.
Return the pureed soup to the pot if necessary and place it back on the stove over low heat.
If you prefer a creamier soup, stir in the heavy cream at this stage. Allow the soup to heat through, but do not let it boil.
Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the seasoning according to your preference.
Serve the pumpkin soup hot. Garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds and fresh parsley or chives, if desired.
Enjoy your homemade pumpkin soup as a comforting and nutritious meal. It’s perfect for warming up on a chilly day and makes an excellent starter or main course for your fall or winter dinners.