For anyone new here, I will put my hand up… I. Hate. Winter.
For me, there are two good things about Winter. Soup and the fashion (Coats, Scarves, Boots…). You would think that considering I am a winter baby, I would be all about it. but I have come to realise that this definitely not the case!
I can not stand that it is dark by 5pm. It’s cold. It rains a lot. The days just feel shorter. But anyway…
ROASTED SWEET POTATO AND PUMPKIN – SERVES 6
This is probably one of my all time fav winter soups and its super quick and easy to make.
|1/2 Whole Pumpkin||Ground Spices (Cumin, Pepper, Salt, Smoked Paprika, Coriander)|
|1 Large Sweet Potato||2 tbsp Olive Oil|
|1 Carrot||1 Zucchini|
|2 Onions||2 Vegetable Stock Cubes|
|2 Garlic Cloves||165mls Coconut Milk (Optional)|
|Step One: Preheat oven to 180C fan bake & Boil a jug fill of Water||Step Two: Chop Pumpkin and Sweet Potato, spread on a baking tray and drizzle over olive oil and add spices of choice.|
|Step Three: Cook Pumpkin and Sweet Potato for approx 40mins (turn half way)||Step Four: In a large soup pot, saute Onion, Garlic, Salt & Pepper|
|Step Five: Grate (or chop) Carrot & Zucchini and add to the soup pot||Step Six: Once the Sweet Potato & Pumpkin have finished roasting in the oven, take out and add to the soup pot|
|Step Seven: Add in the boiling water along with the 2 stock cubes (If you had fresh herbs such as Rosemary or Thyme, you could add these in here too)||Step Eight: Put a lid on the pot, turn down to a low heat and simmer the soup for 30 minutes to an hour (30 mins if you are in a hurry, longer if you have time).|
|Step Nine: (Optional) Add in the Coconut Cream.||Step Ten: Once you have taste tested and added more salt and pepper if needed, BLEND. You can do this in an actual blender or with a stick blender (I would recommend option B).
WARNING: Blending hot soup can be really dangerous! So if you have time, wait for it to cool down before blending. If you can’t wait, please be careful.
Serve with some fresh sliced bread toasted under a grill and spread with Garlic or topping of choice. If you have some Sesame or Pumpkin Seeds, toast those up and put them on top too!
If for some reason you have made the Soup too salty, you can always boil some potatoes to add into the soup – as you may not know this until the end of the process, it would extend the time it takes to make the soup, however, it will save the soup instead of having to start again!
If you try the soup out, let me know how it goes! If its good, share it with Friends and Family – It’s a great excuse to get everyone around on a Sunday for Lunch or as a Starter for Dinner.