While taking the dogs to the park, I saw a Pumpkin Patch with a setup that was being used for family photo shoots. I went over and posed with my dogs. I picked up a pumpkin, and while driving back home I thought about some recipes and a Pumpkin soup came to mind
For a creamy pumpkin soup I bought the Hokkaido pumpkin, but a Butternut Squash would do.The advantage of Hokkaido is that you can use it with the shell and you don’t need to reach for the vegetable peeler, as it is the case with preparing butternut squash. While Hokkaido has a fine, nutty taste, the Butternut stands out for its tender and buttery pulp, which makes soups even more creamy.
Variations of the basic recipe: For a particularly fine consistency, add about 3/4 cup of white wine along with the broth and pass the finished soup through a sieve. The potatoes in the soup will get an even creamier consistency. Sweet carrots also would go well with pumpkin. Seasoned with a little orange, lemon or lime juice, pumpkin soup would a fruity-fresh note. For extra freshness, you could try pomegranate seeds and chopped mint or some fresh coriander. Yum!!
Which spices go well with pumpkin cream soup? You can season the pumpkin cream soup with chilli and ginger. You can cook both of them fresh chopped together with pumpkin and onions, or at the end, add them in powder form to the soup.
You could add steaming Apples (or Pear) pieces together with the pumpkin cubes in the pot. Croutons and fresh herbs are also suitable as a topping. Parsley or chives add extra flavor to the pumpkin cream soup.
Spices: Cinnamon, turmeric, vanilla, curry, ground coriander, cumin and paprika powder are also suitable. A pinch of brown sugar or a spoonful of honey would round off the pumpkin taste.
Storage: The best way to keep pumpkin soup, is in a tightly closed container in the refrigerator. Make sure that you let it cool down completely beforehand, and it should keep around 3-4 days. If you want to cook pumpkin soup in advance, you can also freeze it and it’ll last at least 3 months.