Tuesday, 20 March 2007

Quick & Easy Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Soup

The simplicity of soup. The comfort of soup. I am such a huge fan of a big bowl of warm, creamy pumpkin & sweet potato soup. Big pieces of bread with really cold butter dipped into soup. Now that is pure and simple comfort. Years ago I was always of the perception that soup was a long slow process and it doesn't have to be. This is quick ,easy and superior in flavour.

  1. 1 litre of Chicken Stock
  2. 1 Butternut Pumpkin, skin off, seeds out, chopped into chunks
  3. 1 large Gold Sweet Potato, peeled, chopped into chunks
  4. 1 large Brown Onion, sliced
  5. 2 large Cloves of garlic, chopped
  6. Salt & Pepper
  7. Thickened Cream

Fry the onions and garlic on a medium heat in a heavy based stock pot or large saucepan with a good knob of butter and a splash of olive oil. When the onions are soft and translucent add the pumpkin, sweet potato, and stock. Allow to simmer with the lid on until all the vegetables are soft and mushy. Takes about 20 Min's, stir occasionally. Once they are soft you can blend to perfection. I blend mine with a hand held blender in the pot, but you can transfer to a normal blender. Once blended add a good pinch of salt flakes, a good grind of pepper and a big splash of cream. Give it a good mix and taste for seasoning. Serve with fresh bread and butter. This is delicious and it only takes 30 Min's. Beats canned soup any day. Serves 4. So Easy :)