It is winter time here in Perú, and since the cold weather is making us crave carbs, we are trying to fight back with some warm healthy recipes. One of our house favorites: Pumpkin Soup! It has a high content of fiber, it really keeps you warm, it easily serves 6 people or more, and it tastes amazing! Do I need to say more?
Follow my recipe and try it yourself!
Ingredients:– 1 kg yellow pumping – 1 thumb-size ginger root – 1 large white onion – 2 garlic cloves – butter (as needed) – salt and pepper (to taste) – 1 tsp cayenne pepper – 1 cup chicken, meat, or vegetable stock – 1/2 cup milk – any white cheese of your choice (start with 100 grams, then add to taste) – fresh coriander (as a garnish)
1. Chop the pumpkin (in cubes), onion, ginger and garlic and have everything ready to go.
2. Heat a large pot and add about 2 tablespoons of butter. When it melts, add the onion, garlic, ginger, salt, pepper and sugar, and cook it for about 3 minutes. If you want, you can also add the coriander here, or use it just as a garnish later.
3. Add the pumpkin and incorporate well with the other ingredients. After about 2 minutes add the stock, stir and let everything simmer for about 20 minutes.
4. Use a wooden spoon to crush the pumpkin pieces until they turn into a purée and add the cayenne pepper. Be extra careful while you are doing this, as the boiling pumpkin pieces tend to splatter and you could burn yourself (trust me!) Add the milk and check the consistency (if it is still too thick you can add more water). Add the cheese, stir one more time, do a taste check and voilá! Your soup is ready!
It is amazing when the cheese melts, and if you add croutons, it’ll be even better!
Hope you enjoy it!