Monday, November 07, 2011

Pumpkin Soup...From Scratch

One thing I love to eat is soup...

I know it seems counter intuitive living in a tropical climate and all, but there are just so many lovely, organic vegetables here from squash to callaloo to pumpkin - all perfect for soups - but we were missing one key ingredient: a way to blend them.

No more!  When I returned from my short visit home I brought with me a little Magic Bullet blender/food processor that will open up a world of recipes for us.  We had heard about this little guy before from many of our friends, and at just under $50, the price was right.  Now we can make smoothies, salsas, shakes and soups to our heart's content.  It's a great little gadget and, so far, I am so happy we got it.

My first soup (sans recipe!) was an absolute success; it was also super easy (requires a few simple ingredients all of which require zero refrigeration - bonus!), healthy and delicious, here it is:


  • 2 table spoons of olive oil
  • 1/4 pumpkin, cubed
  • 2 medium white potatoes, cubed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups of full cream milk (I have this in cans)
  • 2 tablespoons garlic salt
  • Salt/Pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped ginger (optional)*

  1. Heat oil in pan, saute onions for about 5 minutes or until clear.
  2. Add garlic, pumpkin and potatoes.  Sautee for another 5 minutes or so.
  3. Add vegetable broth and milk.  Allow to reach a boil then simmer, stirring regularly.
  4. Add garlic salt (and pepper if you wish).  Cook until pumpkin and potatoes are soft and pierced easily with a fork.
  5. Transfer (in portions) to the Magic Bullett blender (or if you have a hand blender or something else, even better) and blend thoroughly.  Have a separate pot ready to put the blended soup in.
  6. Salt/pepper to taste and ENJOY!

* I had bought what I thought was ginger to add to my soup, but turned out to be saffron.  Whoops!  So our soup was sans ginger, but I think it would add a nice flavor to it.

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