Made in a slow cooker this pumpkin soup couldn’t be simpler. Simple as it is, it’s more of that warming comfort soup that we love so much in autumn. Leaves are falling, mornings are darker and days shorter. These simple yet delicious dishes are so important for keeping us warm and happy during these dark chilly days. I can see it on my husbands face when he comes home hungry and upon opening the door is welcomed by the homely aroma of comfort food and he’s happy. Then he sees his plate of food or bowl of soup that I have prepared for him and his contentment is palpable. Palpable contentment and happy faces are all very well and good but if he hasn’t said anything by the time he’s eating it there’s going to be trouble!
You know, there are some foods that we don’t have to work hard to make delicious. Keeping it simple and celebrating an individual ingredient, I have learned, can produce something wonderful. As you know I am a lover of spicy food, it’s natural for me to cook with chilli and spices but I’ve gradually fallen in love with food from different cultures, even food with no spice at all where a single ingredient can be the hero and not be killed by stronger flavors.
As I am a stay at home mom I get the
privilege to cook for my family everyday (I can’t believe I just said that) and decide the menu and the shopping. (So obvious). I also get to smell the food cooking all day.When I decided to make this pumpkin soup I hesitated but then I chopped my vegetables and put them into the slow cooker in the morning and the whole day while it was cooking my mind was telling me the kids won’t like the taste, I will have to cook something else for them. Instead of making something else I went on making a wholemeal pumpkin bread to go with this simple pumpkin soup( it’s all about pumpkin these days! (sorry I didn’t get a good photo of the bread)..
Strangely there was no fuss from the kids. After a few days one of them even asked me to make more pumpkin soup. So here’s to the humble pumpkin soup that was so long forgotten but is now completely unforgettable.
Simple Pumpkin Soup
Total Time: 5 hours, 10 minutes
Number of servings: 8
1 medium size pumpkin
1 white onion
2 trimmed leek
4 celery sticke
2 organic vegetable cubes
salt to taste
freshly ground pepper
chopped chives as garnish
- Peel the pumpkin and chopped them in about 2'' cubes.
- Chop the onion, celery, leek.
- Put the pumpkin,onion, celery, leek, ginger and garlic into the slow cooker. Set to cook on high for 4 hrs or low for between 5-6hrs.
- When its cooked blend all using a hand blender.
- Season with some freshly ground pepper and garnish wit some chives.
- Serve hot or cold