During the Halloween season, you might be stuck with a huge amount of leftover pumpkin after carving your jack-o’-lanterns. Here are three easy pumpkin soup recipes: just perfect for when you get back from trick or treat.
You can easily make this ahead of time and just warm up when you’re ready to eat.
Cooking Time: 30 mins
Course: Side dish, starter, lunch, dinner
Roasting the pumpkin in the oven will give your soup a totally different taste and many people prefer this option. I prefer to cook the pumpkin on stove top with a little bit of added sugar or maple syrup. (Just a very small amount, for taste)
You can add fresh herbs according to your taste. Herbs that work well are: Sage, Ginger, Mint or Chives.
Spices like cumin, coriander and cinnamon also works well with pumpkin soup.
However I would add a little bit at a time and test it until you find the combination that works best for your taste buds.
My personal preference is ginger and cinnamon: Giving the soup a warm hearty winter feeling.
A budget friendly tip:
Pumpkin soup is actually a very versatile soup and you can easily add potatoes or carrots to stretch and make it more. (Obviously the taste would then be more towards a vegetable soup, but the option is there should you not have enough pumpkin in your pantry.)
Here are some health facts according to Webmd.com:
“In addition to beta carotene, pumpkins offer vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, and folate — all of which strengthen your immune system. More pumpkin in your diet can help your immune cells work better to ward off germs and speed healing when you get a wound.”
“Pumpkin’s rich orange color is also a sign it’s packed with potassium. This is crucial for lowering blood pressure. Unsalted pumpkin seeds are also crammed with minerals and plant sterols that raise HDL cholesterol levels (the “good” kind) and help keep blood pressure numbers down, too.”
“More good news about pumpkins’ potassium power: Studies show that higher potassium levels can lower your risk of stroke, kidney stones, and type 2 diabetes. Another bonus: Potassium may also increase bone mineral density, boosting your bone health.”
How to make the soup:
Depending on the way you like your soup, you can add more stock to make the soup thinner.
Ginger goes well with this soup, adding only a small amount according to your taste and serve warm.