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I tried making pumpkin soup from scratch and actually surprised myself


Halloween is over and you’ve got a bunch of pumpkins lying around – what are you supposed to do? Make pumpkin soup of course!

pumpkin-carving

This was our (very scary) carved pumpkin and although you could turn your Jack O’ Lantern into soup, we did have a smaller pumpkin on hand which is much better suited for cooking.

We must mention that we have pretty much zero cooking experience and have never made soup from scratch before, so this should be VERY interesting. Anyway, onto the important deets.

The ingredients we used

  • 1kg of pumpkin
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 700ml vegetable stock
  • 142ml pot double cream
  • Seasoning (salt, pepper, onion powder)

LET’S DO THIS.

Step 1: Heat 4 tbsp olive oil in a large saucepan and add 1kg peeled, deseeded and chopped pumpkin. Cook until the pumpkin softens and turns golden, stirring occasionally.

pumpkinWell this was easy enough. It may not look anything like pumpkin soup at the moment, but we’re on the right track and haven’t messed anything up yet. YAY.

Step 2: Add 700ml of vegetable stock, bring to the boil, then simmer until the squash is very soft.

pumpkin-stock

So far, so good. This is a great time to add your seasoning, such as salt, pepper and onion powder. We’re feeling VERY optimistic.

Step 3: Pour in 142ml of double cream, bring back to the boil, then puree with a hand blender.

soup-2

Noooo, we were doing so well and now we’ve messed it up. We accidentally added WAY too much cream and couldn’t find a blender so we had to puree it by hand, resulting in some rather lumpy soup. *cries*

Step 4: We managed to fix our mistakes by adding some more pumpkin and stock to balance out the cream, and found ourselves a proper blender in order to create that velvety texture.

soup

PHEW. Just call us Chef MP! because this soup tastes AMAZING. We wish it was autumn forever so we could spend every evening snuggled up sipping on this stuff.

We almost gave up halfway through because the struggle was real, but it’s so worth it in the end. We’re already looking for more soup recipes to get our hands on!

Have you ever tried to make soup before? Have a go and let us know how you get on in the comments below.

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Written by Nina John-Clement

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