Oh my gourd... pumpkin perfection!
So I thought in celebration of the season of "mists and mellow fruitfulness", I would share one of my favourite slow cooker soup recipes.
These tiny pumpkins won't be eaten, but I am determined to make something decorative out of them!
I developed this recipe during one long winter when Miss S was a little baby and we lived in a teeny cold house on a very tight budget. It's warming, flavoursome, easy to make, and has a little exotic twist which makes it special.
Thai Curry Pumpkin Soup
1.8 - 2 kgs (4 - 4.5 lbs) pumpkin
2 tbs olive oil
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1-2 tbs Thai green curry paste (to your taste and depending on the heat of your paste)
2 tbs sweet chilli sauce
2 -3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbs grated fresh ginger
1 heaped tsp dried basil
1.5 litres (6 cups) liquid chicken stock (fresh or made up from cubes/powder. Vegetable stock is also good if you prefer. Note for vegetarians below*)
250mls (1 cup) coconut cream
1 - 3 tbs fish sauce
Fresh basil or coriander for garnishing (optional)
Peel and de-seed your pumpkin and chop into 2cm (1 inch) cubes. (I like to deseed my pumpkin with an icecream scoop, but that's just me). Place cubes in the bowl of your slow cooker.
Heat the olive oil in a pan over a medium/high heat. Add the curry paste, chilli sauce, garlic, basil and ginger and stir to heat until fragrant and sizzling a little, about two minutes.
Add the chopped onions and reduce the heat a little. With the lid on your frypan, cook the onions slowly until transparent, stirring occasionally.
Tip the cooked onions into the slow cooker bowl.
I added a few peeled and chopped carrots today as I had some to use up. That's one of the great things about this recipe, you can add a few extras and play around with it a bit.
Pour over the stock and stir.
Cook on a low temperature until the pumpkin is fully cooked and tender. This will take 3 - 7 hours, depending on your slow cooker. It doesn't matter if you leave it cooking a bit longer. You can cook on high for 3 - 4 hours if time is short.
Once the pumpkin is cooked, remove one cup of the stock and set aside. You can use this to adjust the texture of the soup once it is all whizzed up.
Using a stick mixer, process the soup until smooth. Add the coconut cream and the stock you set aside, if you want to adjust the texture. I think this soup is nice quite runny as it is not supposed to be a traditional thick pumpkin soup.
Reserve a little of the coconut cream if you would like to use it for serving, as below.
Adjust the seasonings by adding more fish sauce if you like it a bit more salty. You could also stir through a little extra curry paste at this stage if you feel it needs it.
Garnish with fresh basil and a drizzle of coconut cream.
Serve with toasted baguette or Roti. This soup freezes really well so leftovers can be consumed at a later date.
Mmmmmmmm... tastes like autumn.
* Note for vegetarians. This soup can be made vegetarian easily by substituting the chicken stock for vegetable, and by replacing the fish sauce with either a vegetarian fish sauce (available at some vietnamese and thai food stores), or just with salt.