Pumpkin Winter Squash Soup with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Soup- Creamy Winter Squash
Gracehill Bed and Breakfast
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 1 medium to large onion, chopped
- (original recipe called for 1 C of chopped leeks and ½ C of chopped shallots)
- 1-½ pounds pumpkin or other winter squash, which is about 3 C pureed cook pumpkin
- 1-quart chicken stock
- 1 C whipping cream or half and half
- 1 C orange juice, I like the OJ with heavy pulp or fresh squeeze your own and zest
- it before you squeeze it reserving the zest for the garnish below.
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- Salt to taste
- Fresh round white pepper to taste
- For Garnish:
- Cream fraiche or sour cream
- Toasted pumpkin seeds or
- Toasted hazelnuts
- Maybe some orange zest
- Squashes other than pumpkin may be used (butternut or hubbard or buttercup) with good results.
- Cut up your pumpkin into large pieces, maybe 4 or 5, and scoop out the seeds and stringy portion.
- Place on a cookie sheet with sides, and put a cup or so of water on the tray, cover with foil and cook at 350° until tender but still holds its shape. Remove from oven.
- In a large heavy saucepan, melt your butter over medium high heat.
- Add onion and sauté till tender about 8 minutes.
- Scoop out the pumpkin from the shell and add to the pot along with the chicken stock or broth.
- Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to simmer until squash is very tender, about 30 minutes.
- We use a Hamilton Hand Blender right in the pot and beat until smooth. (If you don’t have a hand blender, transfer to a blender in batches and blend.) Add cream, orange juice and spices. Place over medium heat until hot, but don’t boil.
- TIP: If you want to toast the pumpkin seeds, you could spend all day trying to get the stringy orange stuff off. Instead place a half a cup in a colander and run cool water over them. It will separate the seeds from the orange stuff and you can pick the orange stringy stuff right out. Place the seeds on a cookie sheet with sides. Sprinkle generously with salt and bake in a 300° oven till crisp. Check every 10 minutes and stir with a spatula. Don’t worry about drying the seeds before placing them in the oven, the moisture helps.
Winter Squash, Pumpkin