|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 14g||19%|
|Saturated Fat 6g||30%|
|Total Carbohydrate 56g||20%|
|Dietary Fiber 7g||24%|
|Total Sugars 12g|
|Vitamin C 28mg||141%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Drive around the French countryside in the autumn and you will see pumpkin growing everywhere. Pumpkins are a staple of the French kitchen and as they store well, they are regularly featured in autumn and winter recipes ranging from cookies through to cocktails.
This traditional French pumpkin soup one of those classic recipes. It is so easy to make and freezes so well, you can actually eat it year-round. It is also extremely healthy and nutritious, so what is not to like about it?
The soup has a velvety texture and a delicate, savory flavor perfect for a light lunch or a refined first course. The real treat is that it’s as easy to prepare and healthy as it is delicious.
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 medium shallots, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
5 cups chicken stock
1 medium pumpkin, around 3 pounds, peeled, deseeded, and cubed
3 large potatoes, around 2 pounds, peeled, and cubed
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Salt, to taste
Gather the ingredients.
Gently heat the olive oil in a large saucepan.
Add the chopped shallots and sauté until they turn slightly translucent.
Add the minced garlic and gently sauté for a few minutes more (be careful not to burn the garlic or the soup will be extremely bitter).
Add the chicken stock, pumpkin, and potatoes to the pan and bring to a steady simmer.
Allow the vegetables to simmer gently for 35 to 50 minutes or until they’re tender when pierced with a knife. It is important that the pumpkin is tender, or the resulting soup will be lumpy.
Puree the soup in a countertop blender, an immersion blender, or a Thermomix if you have one until it is completely smooth.
Return the soup to a large pan, place back on the heat and simmer down to reduce a little and thicken the soup.
Stir in the heavy cream and heat through.
Season the soup with salt and pepper to your taste.
Serve immediately in hot soup plates or dishes with a crusty baguette of French sourdough on the side.
Use Caution When Blending Hot Ingredients
Steam expands quickly in a blender, and can cause ingredients to splatter everywhere or cause burns. To prevent this, fill the blender only one-third of the way up, vent the top, and cover with a folded kitchen towel while blending.
- To freeze the soup, let it get completely cold, then divide it into portions. Place the soup into labeled freezer bags and freeze. The soup will keep well for up to two months.
- To defrost, tip the solid lump of soup into a large pan and place over a low heat to gently thaw the soup, then give it a good boil before serving.