Easy pumpkin soup

servings6
1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

Pumpkin soup

  • 1000g of pumpkin, 'iron bark', ripe
  • 4 banana shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 50g of unsalted butter
  • 1.5kg chicken stock
  • 100ml of double cream
  • 1 nutmeg
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • 1 dash of oil

Pumpkin seeds

  • 50g of pumpkin seeds
  • salt

Whiskey cream

  • 100ml of whipping cream
  • 50ml of bourbon whiskey

To serve

  • extra virgin olive oil

Method

1
Preheat the oven to 170˚C/gas mark 3.5
2
Carefully peel and deseed the pumpkin, cutting it into small/medium-sized chunks. Scatter the pumpkin onto an oiled baking dish and place in the oven for 50 minutes until the pumpkin softens but is not too coloured
  • 1000g of pumpkin, 'iron bark', ripe
  • 1 dash of oil
3
Meanwhile, heat a heavy-based saucepan over a medium heat. Melt the butter and gently sweat down the shallots. Microplane or grate the nutmeg onto the shallots, sweating until the shallots are translucent and the nutmeg has released its soft aroma
  • 4 banana shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 nutmeg
  • 50g of unsalted butter
4
Remove the pumpkin from the oven and add to the saucepan with the shallots. Stir to incorporate and add enough chicken stock to just cover the pumpkin
  • 1.5kg chicken stock
5
Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes
6
While the pumpkin is simmering, place the pumpkin seeds on an oven tray and roast for 8 minutes at the same temperature as the pumpkin (170˚C)
  • 50g of pumpkin seeds
7
Transfer the contents of the saucepan to a blender and blitz until very smooth. Pass through a fine strainer into a pan over a low heat, add the cream and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and hold the soup over a low heat to keep warm while finishing the other elements of the dish
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • 100ml of double cream
8
Remove the pumpkin seeds from the oven, season with salt and leave to cool
  • salt
9
Remove the whipping cream from the fridge and whisk to soft peaks, slowly adding the whiskey until you have reached your desired strength. Set aside in the fridge until ready to use
  • 100ml of whipping cream
  • 50ml of bourbon whiskey
10
Once ready to serve, serve the soup in bowls with a dollop of the whiskey cream, a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds and a drizzle of olive oil
  • extra virgin olive oil, to serve