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April Meal: Pumpkin Soup

Wait... What day is it again? MAY?! When did May happen?!
April started out and stayed for the most part very warm and mild; definitly not soup weather...
We did manage to snag one cool day which inspired me to get around to the April Meal.
And hear me well, I beg*. After making this soup, I'm sorry I put it off for as long as I did!

April Meal: Pumpkin Soup

April Meal: Pumpkin Soup

This recipe is -fabulously- easy. Not very many ingredients (although Chestnuts can be hard to find; I wasn't able to come across any fresh ones, but did find some canned.)
Soups are also a great way of using up some of your older, sadder looking veggies.

In fact the only hard part was the chopping...

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April Meal: Pumpkin Soup

And the peeling...

April Meal: Pumpkin Soup

Everything after that happens in the magic pot!
Throw everything into the pot except for the nutmeg. Don't forget those fresh herbs!

April Meal: Pumpkin Soup

All herbs came from my garden; parsley, sage, thyme and oregano.
Bring up to a simmer and just let those things cook away until everything is tender.

Now you need to blend everything together; which can be done with lots of awkward trips to the cuisinart ... OR! You can grab one of these babies:

April Meal: Pumpkin Soup

I love this handheld blender with all my heart.

April Meal: Pumpkin Soup

Blend baby blend!
Now, I have to admit that I was very disappointed at this stage and how thin the soup was; I like my pumpkin soups to be much thicker then it was, so I decided to throw the rest of the chestnuts from the can which thickened it up nicely.

After this all that's left is to stir in the nutmeg and slice up some bread to serve with your soup.

April Meal: Pumpkin Soup

And then ladle it into a pretty bowl and decorate with your favourites! Mine happens to be a dollop of Greek yogurt and some Parmesan cheese!

April Meal: Pumpkin Soup
(Apologies for the poor photo; it gets dark so early here now!)


Golden Pumpkin Soup with Chestnuts

8 cups rich chicken stock
approx 750g deep yellow pumpkin, peeled and cubed
3 brown onions, peeled and chopped
2 celery stalks (with leaves), sliced
2 tablespoons mixed fresh herbs (such as thyme, sage, oregano, parsley)
3/4 cup chestnuts, peeled and diced
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
light cream, yoghurt, chopped chives and/or parmesan cheese for garnish!

Combine stock, pumpkin, onions, celery, herbs and chestnuts in a large saucepan. Cover and simmer until all vegetables are tender. Blend liquid and vegetables together until silky smooth.

Add salt, pepper and nutmeg. Reheat for a couple of minutes.

Ladle into serving bowls and garnish however you like your pumpkin soups best!

* I've been reading far too much Dark Tower...


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 5th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
Wow, I never thought about pumpkins and chestnuts together, but now that you mention it, sounds like a winner! I've made a couple of different versions of pumpkin soup, but I think I will put this one into the recipe file for next Fall. Thanks for sharing!

BTW, there are predictions that we might have snow at the end of the week and in Madison it's supposed to be late Spring ...
May. 6th, 2010 05:44 am (UTC)
I can not begin to describe how tasty this soup was! Pumpkins and chestnuts are certainly a winning combination!

Good god, I certainly remember the occasional snow in April, but in MAY?! That's... that's crazy!
May. 7th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
Yup. No snow yet, but it's still possible in the forecast and we've spent most of today with rainy weather, about 10 degrees above freezing. People at work were talking about covering their plants for the frost warning tonight.

Wisconsin is kind of special when it comes to weather. I've spent entire summers comfortably wearing sweaters and we really only had two weeks (non-consecutive) of HOT weather last summer. HOT weather here is day time temps in the upper 80s/lower 90s (unlike Florida, where I grew up, with MANY WEEKS of day time summer temps in the high 90s).
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May. 6th, 2010 05:48 am (UTC)
I can't say I've ever eaten fresh chestnuts... Mum tells me having roasted chestnuts in London was one of the biggest disappointments in her culinary life; she doesn't like them, hehe.

They are certainly very delicious in this dish! I didn't find it very sweet, but I do remember tipping in a really generous handful of salt when seasoning it too...
Hehehe, and don't worry, this soup is so good you'll be more then happy not to have to share! I personally am quite fond of pumpkin soups and this is a new favourite for me!

I've heard some people do some companion planting with indoor pots in order to keep cats disinterested (and therefore no knocking over of said pots!)
I'm not really sure off the top of my head what plants they were going for though... peppermint? Mint?
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