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Blender Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Published by: Chef Patrick Browne • Updated: January 22, 2024 • Checked By: Chef Matty Riedel

It’s that time of the year to cosy up inside and eat warm, comforting food like my blender pumpkin soup recipe. And what describes colder days better than the classic thick and creamy pumpkin soup? This recipe is for a wholesome, nourishing, yet comforting soup that hits the spot. It’s thick, creamy (without cream) and filled with delicious flavours.

It’s super easy to whip up because everything is thrown into a pot, boiled, blended and served. Make it a starter for your next dinner party or a light supper for your next cosy night in.

Blender Pumpkin Soup Recipe

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PREP TIME 20 minutes
COOK TIME 45 minutes
COURSE Soup
CUISINE Western
SERVINGS 4
CALORIES 1230 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 2 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 2 Medium yellow onion chopped
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Medium carrots chopped
  • 90 gram Parsnip chopped
  • 100 gram Celery chopped
  • 400 gram Peeled potatoes chopped
  • 750 gram Pumpkin sliced and chopped
  • 1.5 litres Vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Dried paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon Mixed herbs
  • Chili flakes to garnish

Method
 

  • Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in a large saucepan, add the yellow onions with ¼ tsp salt and gently cook on low heat for a few minutes until soft but not coloured.
  • Add the chopped celery, carrots, and parsnip. Stir and cook for a further 2 – 3 minutes. Then add the chopped potatoes and pumpkin. Stir and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Pour 1.5L vegetable stock into the pan, season with salt and pepper. Bring to boil, then lower to medium heat, add in the garlic powder, paprika, dried thyme, and mixed herbs. Continue cooking on medium heat with the lid closed half-way for 40 – 45 minutes until the pumpkin softens and some of the liquid has reduced.
  • Place the entire pan into a blender and mix until you reach a smooth consistency.
  • Transfer the soup back into the saucepan, taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary.
  • Ladle soup into bowls, sprinkle with pepper and chilli flakes if desired.
Chefs Tips
Chop all ingredients into chunks prior to cooking. The size of the vegetables does not matter as all ingredients will be blended. However, for the ingredients to cook evenly, they should be similar in size.
The vegetable stock should reduce buy a 1/4. Reducing the liquid means that you will get a creamy consistency and not have an overly liquid filled soup. If your soup becomes too dry, add more water.
Nutritional Information
Calories: 1230kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 59gFat: 99gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 40gMonounsaturated Fat: 36gTrans Fat: 0.1gSodium: 2404mgPotassium: 2102mgFiber: 15gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 950IUVitamin C: 28mgCalcium: 123mgIron: 18mg
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The Pumpkin Soup Backstory


The specific association of pumpkin soup with Haiti and its significance in the early 1800s is a crucial part of its history, particularly in the context of Haitian culture and independence.

In Haitian history, pumpkin soup, known as “soup joumou,” holds a special place. This soup is traditionally made with pumpkin (joumou in Haitian Creole), and it is a symbol of freedom and independence for Haitians. The backstory is as follows:

  1. Symbol of Independence: Soup joumou is closely tied to the Haitian Revolution and subsequent independence. Haiti, formerly a French colony known as Saint-Domingue, was the site of a successful slave revolt that began in 1791 and ultimately led to the Declaration of Independence in 1804.
  2. Colonial Restrictions: During the colonial period, enslaved Africans were forbidden by their French masters from consuming certain foods which were considered delicacies. Pumpkin soup was one of these foods that was reserved for the French slave owners.
  3. Revolution and Emancipation: The Haitian Revolution, led by figures like Toussaint Louverture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines, was the only successful slave revolt in history, resulting in the first independent nation of former slaves. The revolution culminated in Haiti’s independence on January 1, 1804.
  4. Celebratory Dish: To celebrate their newfound freedom and the first anniversary of their independence, Haitians prepared and consumed pumpkin soup, a dish once forbidden to them under slavery. Since then, Haiti has had a tradition of preparing and eating soup joumou on New Year’s Day to commemorate their independence and the end of oppression.
  5. Cultural Significance: Today, soup joumou is more than just a culinary tradition; it symbolises Haitian pride, resilience, and the triumph of freedom over oppression. It’s a reminder of the struggles and victories of their ancestors.

In summary, while pumpkin soup in various forms exists in different cultures, the specific tradition of soup joumou in Haiti is deeply intertwined with the nation’s history of slavery, revolution, and independence, making it a powerful symbol of freedom and resilience.

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