What is it about winter that brings on the innate urge to sit down to a giant bowl of homemade soup! Whatever it is, this rather cold and miserable weather [also the amazing butternut pumpkin I found at the local green grocer!] had me in the kitchen preparing a simple, fast and mind-numbingly easy version of this winter classic... PUMPKIN SOUP
To make soup:
2kg Pumpkin [whatever your favourite is or on special that week]
2 cups of water*
2 vegetable or chicken stock cubes*
Peel pumpkin and de-seed your pumpkin.
Cut into small pieces [doesn't have to be any particular size or shape]
Cut up the carrots into similar sizes to the pumpkin [this does not matter all that much]
Place all the diced pumpkin and carrots into a stock pot and pour in the water and add the stock cubes.
Cover with lid and place on stove top and a medium heat.
Allow to simmer away, remembering to stir occasionally so that pumpkin does not stick to the bottom of the stock pot.
Let the pumpkin simmer away for about an hour. You will know that it is ready to take of the heat when the pumpkin has practically disintegrated to a mush.
Take the stock pot off the heat and blend until smooth**
Serve however desired! [The bigger the bowl the better!]
* The water and stock cubes could easily be substituted for 2 cups of liquid stock, or if you have fresh home-made stock around [which is deceivingly easy to make!]. Just use whatever stock you have and prefer to use.
** The easiest way I have found to blend the pumpkin until smooth is using my Bamix [hand held blender]. I love it as you can simply blend it in the stock pot and not have to worry about trying to pour it into another bowl, or create even more dishes, as we know who will be cleaning it all up in the end! But again, I know that everyone has their favourite. So if you don’t have a hand held blender, you can always decant the pumpkin into your food processor or blender. Just be careful when doing this, as you may need to let the pumpkin cool down first as many use glass bowl it WILL crack your bowl or jug.