- 2 kilograms butternut pumpkinpeeled, seeded and cut into chunks
- 1 medium onion
- 1 Gingerpeeled and sliced finely
- 6 sprigs rosemary
- 1/2 cup Fresh Cream
- 1 Chicken Stockuse vegetable for vegetarian version
- White Wine
- extra virgin olive oil
- sea salt flakes
- pepper grinder
One of my favourite things about the calendar flipping into autumn is pumpkin soup. I know what you’re thinking, why wait until autumn? You can buy pumpkin year round now. True yes, but in my mind it still tastes better when you know you are cooking with ingredients that were grown locally, are in season and haven’t been stuck in some crate in stagnant air for weeks on end in the hull of some dirty old ship or the trailer of some truck. Plus the seasons are nature’s way of getting us to eat a variety of foods, and Mother Nature is a lot older than us, so I imagine she knows best.
- Take some cooking twine and tie the rosemary sprigs firmly into one bundle, leaving a long piece of string attached to the sprigs (about 1 foot in length).
- In a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat, soften the pumpkin onion and ginger in a little butter and oil.
- Add a splash of white wine and turn the heat up to high and reduce the wine until almost all the liquid is gone.
- Pour in the stock, the rosemary (tying the excess string to the handle of the pot) bring to the boil and reduce to simmer, for approx ½-¾ hr.
- Add the cream and simmer a further 15 minutes.
- Remove the rosemary sprigs; blend the soup with a handheld stick blender or in a food processor until smooth.
- Pour the soup through a fine sieve back into the saucepan, (you will need to stir it in the sieve to help it through).
- Return the soup to a low heat and season to taste.
- Garnish with a little drizzle of fresh cream and serve with some garlic rubbed crusty bread on the side.