Ghost Pumpkin Soup

white pumpkin soup

This month’s book: Z by Therese Anne Fowler

The holidays call for elegant food. However, the rich stuff you normally eat doesn’t make you feel good about yourself. So how about this for a change: white pumpkin chestnut soup. It’s a great January soup, really. No cream or fat really, aside from a tiny bit of olive oil. It is complex in flavors and very pretty!

The original recipe calls for cooking the fresh pumpkin chunks in the broth and then pureeing and seasoning everything. However, I tend to make an afternoon of roasting, pureeing, and freezing fresh pumpkins in the fall/winter. Especially when I have been given pretty white pumpkins! Standard orange sugar pumpkins will also work. The most important thing is not to use canned pumpkin. It will be too thick and is most likely already sweetened.

White Pumpkin Soup with Roasted Chestnuts
Adapted from Manger

olive oil
1 large onion, small dice
4 c chicken broth
1 large pumpkin, roasted and pureed
salt and pepper to taste
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste
20-25 roasted chestnuts, broken into 4 to 6 pieces

Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add onions and cook over medium heat until translucent. Add chicken broth and pumpkin puree to the pot. Bring to a simmer. Add seasonings to taste. Serve with 3-4 chestnuts  sprinkled over the top.

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2 Comments

Filed under Soups & Stews, Vegetable, Vegetarian

2 responses to “Ghost Pumpkin Soup

  1. Marilyn

    Hey Karen! Glad to see you made good use of the ghost pumpkins. I have most of mine on the back porch frozen yet 😦 Not taking much action on them.

    Take care, Marilyn

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