Tips: Pumpkin Soup

I know what you’re thinking. Pumpkin soup? Seriously? It’s a no-brainer. Well, yes… to some. Which is why I’m not going to offer you a recipe in this post, but rather some guidelines to consider.

Pumpkin

  • Organic pumpkins aren’t just better for you, they actually taste sweeter too. Make sure you choose one with deeply coloured orange flesh – the deeper the orange, the richer the flavour.
  • Which variety? I know a lot of people like to make their pumpkin soup with butternut pumpkin, but in my eyes, nothing beats an organic jap pumpkin.
  • Less is more. It’s easy to get a little crazy with making soup; truth be told, I make my pumpkin soup a little different every time because variety is the spice of life, right? The thing you need to know is this: if you’ve got a good pumpkin, you don’t need to drown it in your creativity. Allow it to be the star, rather than letting onions, carrots and potatoes bully it. This applies to adding spices to the mix, too.
  • The quality of your stock is important. If you’re going to use a cheap, trashy stock, your results will reflect this. If you’re too lazy or don’t know how to make your own stock, buy a nice one – and dilute it a little. You don’t want it to overpower the pumpkin.
  • Creamy goodness. Everyone loves it, but it’s not always necessary. As a vegan, I can tell you straight up, using soy milk or soy creamer in your soup is a nasty thing to do. Pumpkin soup is delicate and mixing it with soy is like calling the queen a whore. It’s rude and absolutely uncalled for; especially when you can blend in some coconut cream or good quality, unsalted cashews… or even make a cashew cream separately to stir in.
  • Roasting vs. Boiling. There’s no rules here; boiling is good for two reasons – it’s quick and it doesn’t involve adding extra fat (oil) to your soup which will work in your favour if you’re watching your weight. Roasting, however, is pretty amazing – so if you have the time to do it, then do it. Let the edges of your pumpkin caramelise a little; you won’t regret it.

Pumpkin Soup

5 thoughts on “Tips: Pumpkin Soup

  1. Fanatastic Tips!! I always find the simpler the pumpkin soup is; the better it tastes!
    Did you know that JAP Pumpkin stands for “Just Another Pumpkin”? true story, Learnt it from Hewy- who always thought it meant it was a “Japanese” Pumpkin!

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