Pumpkin & Ginger Soup

“Soup is the song of the hearth... and the home.”

Louis P. De Gouy

There's just something so comforting about pumpkin soup. Is there ever a wrong time to enjoy a healthy serving of pumpkin soup? Great for lunch at the office, an entre for dinner guests or cozying up on the couch with a warm bowl in hand for dinner - there is just so much to love about this dish.
We adore this soup-er delicious recipe which adds the zing of ginger for a new take on the traditional pumpkin soup. You can mix up your herb garnishes for different flavour combinations too - we love adding a handful of fresh chopped coriander and a good serve of fresh cracked pepper on top.

Recipe

            Ingredients

  • 1 kg pumpkin (feel free to use a mix of pumpkin varieties)
  • 2 shallots
  • 75g ginger
  • a few sprigs of fresh herbs , such as chives, mint
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 litre organic vegetable stock
  • 125 ml coconut milk , plus extra to serve
  • 1 lime
  • ½ tablespoon chilli powder

        Method

  1. Deseed and roughly chop the pumpkin, peel and chop the shallots, then peel and finely grate the ginger. Pick and finely chop the herbs.
  2. Place the pumpkin, shallots, ginger and some oil in a large saucepan and sauté until soft.
  3. Add the stock, coconut milk and chilli powder. Season, then bring to the boil and simmer for 40 minutes.
  4. Blitz in a food processor then serve with the fresh herbs, lime juice and a splash of coconut milk.

        Tips

  • Have a bit more time on your hands and want to add an extra layer of depth to your soup? Roast the pumpkin before hand with garlic, olive oil, coriander and a sprinkle of chilli seeds.
  • Feeling adventurous? Add fresh chopped coriander to garnish along with mint and chives.
  • Want to add a little protein? Place some finely sliced prosciutto in the oven to crisp up and place that crispy goodness on top.
  • Make your own croutons to garnish, awesome for using stale bread, simply tear apart into bite sizes chinks, drizzle with olive oil and roast in the oven until crisp.
  • Prefer it a little more tart? Add a dollop of sour cream instead of cream as a garnish.

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