There’s no better way to celebrate Halloween than with a warm pumpkin potage soup. Delicious and warm, it’s a real treat for your stomach as well as for your skin. Pumkin is filled with anti oxidants and vitamins which are beneficial for your skin adn your body.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 pumpkin, 8 to 10 inches in diameter
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- ⅔ cup dry white wine
- 2 small white turnips, peeled and sliced
- 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced
- 1 large potato, peeled and sliced
- 5 cups chicken stock (or water), or as needed
- 1 10-inch French-style baguette or 2 small rolls, crusts removed, thinly sliced
- ½ cup heavy cream
- Salt and ground white
Here’s how to prepare it:
- Cut off top of pumpkin at least 5 inches across, so that it can serve as a lid. Scoop out and discard all seeds and stringy material. Using a large sturdy spoon, scrape out 6 cups of pumpkin meat, taking care not to break through the shell. Set aside the pumpkin and its lid in a warm place.
- In a large soup pot over medium-low heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add onion and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add wine and simmer for 1 minute. Add turnips, carrot, potato, pumpkin meat and enough chicken stock or water to barely cover.
- Cover and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat remaining 6 tablespoons butter, and add bread slices, turning until lightly browned on both sides. Set aside half for garnish, and when soup has come to a boil, add remaining half to the soup.
- Gently simmer soup for 1 hour, stirring once or twice. The soup will be very thick; if it seems in danger of burning, reduce heat and stir in a small amount of broth or water.
- Add cream, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Using an immersion blender, purée the hot soup in the pot until very smooth. Alternatively, remove soup from heat and allow to cool until no longer steaming, then purée in a food processor or blender. Return soup to a clean pot and reheat gently.
- Pour hot soup into pumpkin. Serve from pumpkin, garnishing each serving with one or two reserved toasts.
Recipe courtesy of: cooking.nytimes.com