Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Spicy Pumpkin Soup
Winter is here, so it's the perfect time to use pumpkins harvested in Autumn. One of the easiest ways to use an abundance of pumpkins is pumpkin soup.

My favourite pumpkin soup is a spicy pumpkin soup with a beautiful coriander pesto to swirl in and serve. I honestly feel the pesto is a must, as it really adds a beautiful twist to the flavour! This soup is warming and flavoursome, and always a crowd-pleaser. You can watch the video below, or read on for some info about the herbs I've used in this recipe. You can also find the recipe card below.

 

Galangal

This rhizome has a piney, peppery, citrus fragrance. It can help relieve nausea and motion sickness. Galangal calms inflammation, has anti-microbial properties, and helps reduce cholesterol levels.

galangal

Turmeric

Turmeric has an earthy, mustard-like smell with a sharp, bitter taste. Used for the colouring as much as the flavour. Another great anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and cholesterol lowering herb. Helps improve heart health and helps reduce the chance of cancer.

turmeric

Garlic

Garlic is a super aromatic bulb that's packed with flavour and health benefits. Garlic helps fight inflammation, reduce cholesterol and is known to help reduce chronic disease. It's generally included in a lot of cough and cold remedies, and is a staple in numerous cuisines. It's featured in the pesto recipe.

garlic

Coriander

This short-lived annual packs a punch! The leaf is cooling to a hot stomach and will relieve indigestion. It can chelate toxic metals from our bodies in a relatively short period of time. It's featured in the pesto recipe, and can be found here.

coriander

Ginger

This rhizome is warm, pungent, spicy, and is used in many different foods. Helps fight the cold and flu virus, lower blood sugar levels and improve heart health. Ginger relieves nausea and aids digestion. It's featured in the pesto recipe, and can be found here.

ginger

Lemons

Lemons contain a large amount of fibre, vitamin C, essential oils and other healthy compounds. Eating lemons may lower your risk of kidney stones and heart disease, and also can aid in lowering blood sugar levels and help digestion. Overall this little yellow fruit provides a tangy, healthy hit.

lemons

How to make Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Step 1: Heat the oil in a heavy-based saucepan, add onions and fry for 2 min.

onions

Step 2: Add galangal, turmeric and thai paste and stir for 1 min.

add curry paste

Step 3: Add pumpkin and vegetable stock, bring to the boil, then turn heat down and simmer for 15 min or until pumpkin is cooked.

cook pumpkin and vegetable stock

Step 4: While soup is cooking make the coriander pesto. You can find the recipe for the pesto below.

Step 5: Once the pumpkin is cooked, cool slightly, pour carefully into a blender and blend until smooth.

blend mixture

Step 6: Return soup to saucepan, add the coconut milk and season if needed, warm gently until served.

add coconut milk

Step 7: To serve pour into bowls, swirl in a spoonful of coriander pesto and top with a few pumpkin seeds, calendula petals and fresh coriander leaves.

pumpkin soup

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