Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup

Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup

Pumpkin is a fabulous vegetable, great for both sweet and salty preparations. It is characterized by a delicate taste,  can be baked in the oven, or can be used for making soup. Pumpkin is also ideal as cake dough, or it can be blended to make a cream and much more.

It is rich in benefits: it fights constipation, it is good for sight and heart, it has calming and anticancer properties, it is good for skin care and it has also diuretic effects. Today, I will use it to prepare a thick and velvety pureed soup with carrots and potatoes, served with some crunchy toasted bread: a simple, healthy  and quick dish!

The recipe

Ingredients for 3-4 people:

  • 500 g pumpkin
  • 600 ml water
  • 1 big-sized golden onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 3 slices of bread (I recommend not to slice bread too thin)
  • A pinch of salt
  • Just enough extra virgin olive oil
  • Pepper to taste
  • Toasted pumpkin seeds
  • A pinch of curry powder
  • Some rosemary

Method:

  1. Remove the peel from pumpkin, potatoes and carrots and cut them into chunks.
  2. Clean and roughly chop the onion.
  3. In a pot, heat an oil and slice the onion until it turns golden.
  4. Then add potatoes, carrots and pumpkin, salt to taste, a pinch of pepper and curry powder, and brown them for a few minutes, stirring them regularly.
  5. Pour some water until it almost covers the vegetables, then let it cook covered with a lid, until all the ingredients become soft. (I recommend you to control potato cooking, because has a longer cooking time).
  6. Meanwhile, chop bread slices into chunks and put them in a baking tray.
  7. Season bread chunks with a pinch of salt, a handful of rosemary and oil, then mix all well and cook in a preheated oven at 180 ° C for about 10 minutes.
  8. If necessary add more salt to the soup, then put off from the heat and blend it with a kitchen mixer until you get a smooth and homogeneous pureed soup. (My advice: blend the soup slowly, to avoid burning yourself).
  9. Serve hot together with slices of grilled bread and toasted pumpkin seeds.

My advices:

  • You can store this soup in the fridge for a few days.
  • I prefer to enjoy it hot, but it is delicious even cold.
  • To avoid burning yourself, cool the soup before blend it and then heat it back on low heat, stirring it regularly.

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