Halloween, what a time to be alive. A time, when if you live in London you just accept that fireworks will be flying around your face and head from now until bonfire night and possibly the week beyond that. If any ingredients are missing from this recipe, it’s because I dropped them as I was chased down the street from the corner shop by a runaway Catherine wheel.
So anyway, while you guys were all out partying the weekend away, I was tucked up at home carving a pumpkin with my brother (“the saddest thing I’ve ever heard” – my mother). This seemed like the perfect opportunity to make a soup I’ve never tried before – pumpkin.
Here’s the recipe:
Serves 4 hungry people
The flesh of one big pumpkin
1 tablespoon of coriander seeds smashed up
A good sprinkle of chilli seeds
2 onions (any colour)
3 garlic gloves
1 red pepper
Handful and a half of cherry tomatoes
900ml of chicken or veg stock
1 can of coconut milk
Salt and pepper
– Pre-heat your oven to 190C
– Chop your leftover pumpkin flesh into manageable bits and put onto a baking tray
– Sprinkle with chilli seeds, coriander seeds and a good splash of olive oil
– Put into over and cook for around an hour or until it goes all golden and caramelised
– Chop your onion and red peppers and add to a medium heat pan with olive oil
– Crush your garlic in and throw in the tomatoes
– Cook on a medium/low heat until softened, not browned
– When pumpkin is done, add it to your veggie pan mix
– Pour in your coconut milk
– Whizz up in your blender
– HUZZAH! Finished.
Guest reviewer Ross:
Pros: Great texture, lovely aroma and very filling. Perfect soup for lunch or a light evening meal.
Cons: Perhaps not as strong or concentrated a flavour as other pumpkin or squash-like soups I have tried in the past. But still a tasty soup all the same.
Ma Soup’s Verdict: I wasn’t sure what to expect from this soup, but it did predictably taste a like a squash type soup. Very comforting. Go easy on the chilli, mine was just on the edge of having too much and being overpowered. The red pepper added a nice sweetness. If you like a thicker soup, hold back on the water to up the gloop factor.
Cost: 💰💰💰💰/10 – Great value as we also got two nights of spooky companionship from this pumpkin and four meals!
Tastiness: 👅👅👅👅👅/10 – Didn’t blow my mind but a nice cosy Sunday alternative to a farty roast
Complexity: 🤔🤔🤔🤔/10 – Super simple, perfect for the slapdash, lazy souper
Overall: 👌👌👌👌👌👌/10 – I’ll definitely be revisiting next year!