Light Pumpkin Soup

A photo of a small bowl sitting on a wood dining table. There is pumpkin soup in the bowl with a sprinkle of fresh ground pepper on top.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups of fresh steamed pumpkin
  • 1 small onion (or half of a large onion)
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cups of water OR 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cumin
  • ground pepper (to taste)

DIRECTIONS

You’ll need a steamer pot and a blender for this recipe.

Chop up the onion (does not have to be small pieces) and peel and chop garlic into chunks.

I like to make this with a fresh pumpkin (I get pie pumpkins in the fall as they’re the perfect size with good flavor). Wsh off your pumpkin then you’ll want to chop it into cubes after removing the seeds and stuff. Place those in the top of a steamer pan with about 4 cups of water in the bottom. Bring the water to a boil. You’ll steam these for about 20 – 25 minutes. Test a cube by poking it with a fork and it should go in easy. Remove the steamer part, set aside and turn the heat down to medium-low.

Throw the onion and garlic into the steamer pan water. Leave those in there for about 5 minutes. If you’re using coconut milk, put that right into your blender. If you’re using water, do not dump the water after cooking the onion and garlic because we’ll be using that water from the pot in the recipe.

While the onions and garlic are in the water, measure out 2 (packed) cups of the pumpkin cubes and put them in your blender. Only remove skin from cubes if there were blemishes or bumps on the skin. Otherwise, leave it on. If you happened to get a pumpkin that was a little larger and you have extra, I suggest trying to double the recipe (if your blender is large enough). You can also set aside any extra, remove the skin and just east the steamed pieces as a side dish with seasonings of your choosing (works good mashed too).

Remove the steamer pan water, onions and garlic mixture from the heat and if you’re using the water in the recipe, carefully measure out 2 cups of water and put that in your blender. Whether you’re using the water or not, get a slotted spoon and make sure to scoop out all the onion and garlic from the water and add those to the blender.

Measure out the ground ginger and cumin and add those to the blender.

Blend all of it up for a couple minutes. You’re done. Eat and enjoy. You can also freeze this or keep it in the fridge for a few days.

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