Cream of Pumpkin Soup

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Preparation info

  • Serves

    6

    • Difficulty

      Medium

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Apples for Jam

Apples for Jam

By Tessa Kiros

Published 2010

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This is a full-bodied soup on account of the chicken broth base. I use beautiful deep reddy-orange pumpkins. Serve with or without cream — it’s nice both ways, although my kids like to see the swirls of cream through the orange pumpkin. When you scoop out the seeds, rinse them and bake them in the oven with a scattering of salt — they make a great snack.

Ingredients

  • 250 g(9 oz/2 large) chicken wings
  • 1 carrot, peeled and halved
  • 1 small leek, trimmed and halved
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled but left whole
  • small bunch of parsley
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 7 peppercorns
  • about 1.2 kg(2 lb12 oz) pumpkin
  • 25 g(¾ oz) butter
  • 150 ml(5 fl oz) pouring (single) cream

    Method

    Put the chicken in a large saucepan with 2.25 litres(79 fl oz/9 cups) of cold water and bring to the boil. Skim the surface well, then add the carrot, leek, garlic, parsley, thyme and peppercorns and season with salt. Bring back to the boil, skimming off any more froth that comes to the surface. Lower the heat, cover the pan and simmer for about an hour.

    Strain the broth into a clean pan. (You won’t need any of the solids here, but some chicken can be picked off and the vegetables can be chopped up, turned through some rice and served with parmesan.)

    Peel and deseed the pumpkin, then cut it up into smallish pieces. You should have about 750 g(1 lb10 oz). Heat the butter in a large non-stick frying pan and sauté the pumpkin over fairly high heat so that it turns quite golden in places and starts to get a little soft inside. Tip it into the broth and simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes until it is soft all the way through. Purée with a hand-held blender until it is completely smooth, and taste for salt. Add the cream, whisking it in a bit, and heat through, or swirl a little cream through each bowl. Serve with some brown bread and butter, and adults could add a small scattering of ground chilli powder if they want.