Pumpkin Cream Soup with Saffron & Melting Chestnuts

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Pumpkin Cream Soup with Saffron & Melting Chestnuts

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Ingredients

Pumpkin cream:
500 g pumpkin
1 Onion
1 dash Olive Oil
20 g semi-salted butter
20 cl Vegetable Stock
15 cl liquid cream
1 pinch saffron powder
1 pinch Salt
The croutons:
150 g soft bread
30 g semi-salted butter
Pumpkin seeds:
50 g pumpkin seeds
1 pinch Salt
The finish:
100 g cooked chestnuts
  • Medium

Ingredients

  • Pumpkin cream:

  • The croutons:

  • Pumpkin seeds:

  • The finish:

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This delicate and creamy soup is a real childhood memory! Typical of my region, la Drôme, I used to eat it with delight at my grandmother’s house. The pumpkin gives it a light sweet taste, just like chestnuts, and three flavors warm it up, giving it fullness: nutmeg, star anise, and cinnamon. It is irresistible in taste and color, for the young and old alike.

How to Make the Soup:

  1. Peel and cut the pumpkin into small pieces.
  2. Peel and cut the onion into thin slices.
  3. Heat the oil and butter in a casserole over a low heat, then add the onion, pumpkin and a pinch of salt.
  4. Leave to cook for 5 minutes, stirring gently. Add the vegetable stock, cream and saffron.
  5. Leave to cook over a low-medium heat for 15 minutes. Then mix finely. Taste and add a little salt if necessary.
  6. Keep warm, being careful not to allow it to boil!

How to Make the Croutons and Seeds:

  1. Preheat the oven to 150 °c.
  2. Bake the pumpkin seeds spread out on a baking tray for 10 minutes.
  3. Salt them and set them aside to cool.
  4. Cut the bread into small 0.5 cm cubes and brown them in a frying pan with a little butter for a few minutes.
  5. Then place the croutons on absorbent paper.

How to Finish the Plate:

  1. Divide the chestnuts among the verrines and then pour in the hot pumpkin cream.
  2. Place the small croutons and pumpkin seeds on top, followed by a dash of olive oil.
  3. Serve immediately.

Good to Know:

You can make a success of this recipe with all the varieties of squash: the long squash of Nice, the musk of Provence (my favourite!), but the pumpkin remains very interesting for its chestnut taste.

Cream of Pumpkin Cream with Saffron, Melting Chestnuts
Cream of Pumpkin Cream with Saffron, Melting Chestnuts; Photo credit: Mickael Roulier

 

Anne Sophie

Anne-Sophie Pic is a famous French Chef known for gaining three Michelin stars for her restaurant, Maison Pic, in southeast France. She is the fourth female chef to win three Michelin stars, and was named the Best Female Chef by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2011.

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