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Pumpkin Soup: A Kiwi Favourite

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We have a lot of gorgeous pumpkins in New Zealand. And they are really cheap and nutritious so they verge on being one of the Kings of Vegetables, but I didn’t always know this. The first time I had pumpkin soup I was not convinced I would like it. I thought it would be sweet because I tend to think of things like pumpkin and kumara (sweet potatoes) as sweet vegetables and, when I’m hungry, I need savoury. Who knows why I thought that because pumpkins are not sweet unless you make them into pie, of course. Mmmm, pumpkin pie… Anyway, we are not talking about pie here today. We are talking about something every New Zealander knows well, pumpkin soup.

Here are the facts about this recipe:
1) It is really just a base. The seasonings are what makes it.
2) It is an unrecipe because I’m not going to tell you how much of what to put in.

Are you ready?

Good Ol’ New Zealand Pumpkin Soup

Here’s what you need:

Some pumpkin, seeds scooped out, cut into large pieces (keep them large so you have less work to do to get the meat off the skin)
onions-finely chopped
Some stock or stock cubes and water
Various seasonings

Seriously, that is it!

Here’s what you do:

Cook the pumpkin easy version

Put the pumpkin in a dish in the microwave and cook until tender

Cook the pumpkin longer (but very tasty) version

Brush some oil on to the pumpkin pieces and place them in a 200C oven until roasted. It takes anywhere from half an hour to an hour depending on the type of pumpkin and how big your pieces are.

Remove the skin

Once the pumpkin is cooked and soft, this is really easy to do. Just scoop out the meat with a spoon. Mash it and set it aside in a bowl.


Now sweat the onions in a little oil until translucent and add the garlic. After another minute, pour in the pumpkin and turn it over a couple of times. Then, all you have to do is add the stock a little bit at a time whilst stirring until the soup is the desired consistancy.


Now you get to have a little fun and decide what flavour profile you are going to go for. Here is a list of suggested items from which you can choose or you can just open up your cupboard and start adding.
salt and pepper
dried chili flakes or chili oil
garam masala
fresh coriander (cilantro)
a spoonfull of peanut or sesame butter
basil, oregano or any other herbs dried or fresh
The rabbit in the moon, er...soup

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8 Responses to "Pumpkin Soup: A Kiwi Favourite"

  1. Marie says:

    Shepherds purse, really? That’s interesting because we can buy daikon here but I’ve never seen shepard’s purse so…that means I can probably grow it, right? Hmmm, I might have to look into that come springtime:)

  2. hellaD says:

    Oh yum this does look tasty. Love how you do the shadow on the soup. Pumpkin soup is one of my comfort foods! Sooo miss NZ these days….Thanks so much for sharing this with World Food Thursdays.

    I am still remembering your guest post…did you know that shephard’s purse is the ancestor of diakons or related to them or some such thing…interesting right? Looking forward to it but take your time, it doesn’t have to be long or anything :)

  3. Marie says:

    With rice, great idea! True about the pumpkins as well as kumara and chokos being cheap as chips right now. I’m taking full advantage:)

  4. Rebecca says:

    OH YUM! It’s pretty chilly tonight and that’s just what I feel like. I like a dollop of sour cream and chopped parsley on mine mmm. If I’m extra hungry I add some brown rice.
    Pumpkins are super cheap at the moment too.

  5. Marie says:

    Yoghurt is awesome in this!

  6. Vicki says:

    ARGH! Now you’ve got me hungry for something so delicious. A dollup of yogurt on top would suit me just fine.

  7. Marie says:

    Thanks Shiela. That garnish is shredded basil. I love how it smells when you put it on the hot soup:)

  8. Shiela says:

    OH man that looks good – love the herb garnish too!

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