Right. So. In my effort to effectively use all the pumpkin purée left over from our Pumpkin-Off, all 14 cups of it, we are starting to get sick of pumpkin (though the amount of fibre that has been added to our diet is extraordinary).
The solution? SOUP. Most pumpkin soup recipes call for a single can (a little less than 2 cups) of the stuff, but I’m just gonna giv’er and dump in the rest of what I got. BLAM. It came out to about 2 1/2 cups.
I don’t really feel like blending this soup, because the pumpkin is pre-puréed, so I’m just going to cut everything else up really small. It’s a really quick recipe, too, no need to simmer for a long time, so you can make it, say, just before lunch, and then eat it right away.
First I got my spices ready: minced garlic, a little bit of cumin, some curry, and a bit of chipotle.
And the incidentals: lemon juice (don’t mock my plastic lemon, it’s the best I can do in Newfoundland), chicken broth, and coconut milk.
Then my vegetables: three carrots, an onion, and a red pepper.
The carrots I scrubbed and grated with the skins still on. That’s good vitamins for ya.
The red pepper and onion I diced up.
In a large saucepan, then, heat up a bit of olive oil on medium-high and toss in your onions. Cook those until they’re softened.
Then add in your cup o’spices, and stir that around for a minute or so.
Chuck in your grated carrot and diced pepper and stir that around as well, spritz it with lemon juice, then add in your coconut milk and stir until fully incorporated.
Add in the pumpkin finally (it was already cooked, so I didn’t want to overcook it), and pour in the chicken broth until you’ve reached a consistency that you like. Let that simmer for about 20 minutes and that’s it, you’re all done.
Season with salt and pepper, and a little more lemon if you like. At the eleventh hour I added a teaspoon ground cloves to boost the pumpkin.
This one came out a bit spicy, because I guess my curry was hotter than I had previously thought. I would recommend serving with a bit of yogurt or sour cream.