The Perfect Soup for Colder Days

IMG_9520If you’re thinking about abandoning your pumpkins just because Halloween is over and it is officially November you’re nuts. I kind of ignored the whole Halloween thing this year but got very inspired by seeing those big pumpa’s everywhere as we call them here in Sweden. I initially wanted to go for a Hokkaido pumpkin but those seem to be not very popular here so I settled for a butternut squash. I’d never tried this kind before but I figured pumpkin is pumpkin and this will do. Lately I’ve been craving soups a lot so I combined both and made this delicious (my roommate agrees) dish this weekend. Here’s how I did it.

What you’ll need: (serves 4)
1 butternut squash
1 piece of ginger, ca. 3cm thick
2 cloves of garlic
1 onion
800ml water
100ml fresh orange juice
2 tsp butter
to garnish: roasted pumpkin seeds, crème fraiche
salt, pepper, chili powder to season

IMG_9568First off you’re gonna wanna cut the onion into small pieces and crush the garlic. Heat up a big pan and both slightly caramelize in the butter.

IMG_9549Peel your pumpkin and get rid of the skin. As you can see, in the upper bit there are no seeds hidden so yay for less work! Once the mixture in the pot looks golden, add the pumpkin and the water.

IMG_9587Bring it to a boil and then let simmer for about 20 minutes until the pumpkin is soft. Take off the heat and gently puree the mixture. Squeeze the orange to get your fresh orange juice and add to the soup, this will give it a lovely fresh yet sweet taste. To season I added salt and pepper as well as a bit of chili powder, to give it a slightly spicy aftertaste.

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It’s very fine and the combination of flavors works wonderfully. Have it with some fresh bread or just as is and feel all autumnal. If you make this please tweet me a picture or tag me on instagram @heymajaestelle.

 

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One thought on “The Perfect Soup for Colder Days

  1. This looks delicious! I might have to give it a try 🙂 I must say though, the orange juice is a very interesting ingredient to be adding to a soup! p.s. I also love it how people from Europe call pumpkin ‘squash’! 🙂 xxx

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