Thursday, August 2, 2012

Easy Gourmet Pumpkin Soup

Apologies for the slow posting this week, but my laptop has been giving me problem lately. I am actually using my husband's now and have to get mine fix over the weekend. *haiz* Luckily I still have a couple of recipes in the flash drive that I can share with you all this week. Else I'll be MIA in the coming 2 weeks! Anyway, these 2 recipes are really easy to whip up and it actually took me less then 2 hours to get them on the table. First recipe is this delicious pumpkin soup that taste like from a fine dining restaurant but yet it can be so easily prepared at your own kitchen. Don't believe me? Just check it out for yourself:
Okay, maybe the presentation need some work, but I can guarantee you this soup taste really good. Don't like pumpkin? Don't fret, you won't feel like you're drinking pumpkin soup! I know most Asians don't usually fancy such thick, creamy soup since it doesn't go with the vegetables and dishes on the table. But having this soup occasionally on a lazy weekend, serving it with some salad or bruschetta is quite a delight too. :P
When I was in California, I made this so often since my husband and I love it very much. Plus having it during winter was so comforting! Downing it with some simple toast and we are already feasting, hahaha! This soup taste like restaurant gourmet soup that will surely impress your family and guests. But you will be surprise how simple the ingredients are involve, check it out:

Ingredients for Simple Gourmet Pumpkin Soup: (Serves 5-6) (adapted from Foodnetwork.coml)
1 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, diced
1 large carrots, peeled and diced
1 apple, peeled and diced
2 cups fresh pumpkin, roasted and diced

1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 bay leave (omit if not available)
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup fresh cream

Salt and freshly ground pepper

4 portabella, sliced
  • To roast the pumpkin, preheat the oven to 200C. Peel and dice the pumpkin and place on baking dish. Sprinkle salt and black pepper over the diced pumpkin and coat with some olive oil. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes till tender. Note that dice the pumpkin smaller to save roasting time.
  • In the meantime, heat up a large pot with the butter. Add in diced onions, apples and carrots. Stir and cook till slightly tender. Add in the dried thyme, bay leaf and the roasted pumpkin.
  • Continue to cook till mixture is slightly mushy. Add in the chicken stock and cream into it. Cook the mixture till just boil. Off the fire and let cool slightly.
  • Then remove the bay leave. Blend the mixture till creamy and return the mixture into the pot and heat up again, but no need to boil. Add salt and pepper to taste. (I only added pepper, the soup was already very flavorful!)
  • In a saute pan, heat a tsp of oil and saute the sliced portabella till soften and cooked. Sprinkle some black pepper and salt and garnish over the pumpkin soup if desired.

If you prefer a healthier version, you can choose to omit the cream. Else, live a little...pour on the cream and taste the heavenly creamy soup. ;))

Hope this soup will be served at your dinner table too. It's really a nice simple gourmet soup that is so easy to make. Try it and you will know how delicious this is. ;)

Still not used to this laptop, so will post the other recipe some other day.
Hope to see you folks soon.....cheers all!


Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

I only know how to cook mushroom soup , the only one type of Western soup, hehehe ..thanks for sharing this lovely soup , I must try this one day since you highly recommended! Ya, the Cxxx brand ice cream only has the silver colour but not pink, so i just simply pick the cheapest brand on the shelve lor..So long can make ice cream lor. Anyway, thanks for provide me the info where to get it. Looking forward your yummy ice cream again ..

Unknown said...

i love the color of this soup... nice blog

ICook4Fun said...

This is my kind of soup. I can't wait for fall where there will be plenty of pumpkins so I can stock it up. How are you doing Bee Bee? Hope everything is well.

Cakewhiz said...

Such a lovely color!
And i would add the cream since i like creamy soups...hehe.

Anonymous said...

HI Bee Bee

may i omit the dried thyme ? will it affected the taste?

Mich - Piece of Cake said...

The pumpkin soup looks very easy and delicious! Perfect with some crusty bread and a western meal Thanks for sharing.

HK said...

healthy delicious soup !

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hi octopusmum, no problem if you omit the dried thyme. The soup will still taste really yummy. :))

kitchen flavours said...

A bowl of delicious soup, would be great with some homemade crusty bread! My laptop is a little crazy yesterday, today seems OK, hope it won't give me any problems!
Have a great weekend!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Heehee, yes Sonia, try it out and you will love it. ;) hmmm...I think the pink shade Cxxxx ice cream maker might not be in Sg yet. I'll keep a look out and let u know if I see it ya...don't be disappointed. ;))

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks priya! Hope to see you visiting again. Have a great weekend. :))

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hi hi Gert! I'm doing fine, thanks for asking. ;) hope you are enjoying summer over there in CA. Envy u enjoying all those summer fruits! Lol!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Cakewhiz, thanks! I'm a cream and butter person too, haha! Pour on the cream pls!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Mich! Hope u will try this out too. :))

Anonymous said...

thks! will try this cause it looks good and we love pumpkin!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks HK! Appreciate u dropping by. :)

Joyce, don't we all rely on technology so much now? *haiz* anyway, hope my laptop get fix real fast....can't live without it. :P

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Passionate About Baking said...

Ooh...yummy! I almost wanted to cook pumpkin soup over last weekend too! Hahaha...What a coincidence! However, I chose not to because of the amount of work involved. I ended up grilling vegetable instead for my appetizer! :p Seeing your lovely soup, makes me regret a little. Heehee...

lena said...

bee2, i love pumpkin soups, asparagus soup but i never get to cook them myself. Yeah, doesnt sound too complicated, i must kiv this! hope your laptop will be get fixed up asap, using somebody's notebook is very leceh, not used to this and that! happy weekend!

lena said...

gd morning bee2, just made this and slurping it now, goody and eat with some cheesy rolls. thnks for sharing! post later!!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Haha, good for you Lena! It's a hearty soup good with some bread, yes cheesy bread! Glad u made and like it, hee!

Alice said...

hi Bee Bee,
i saw this posting from Lena's blog
i'm a newly confessed in falling in love with pumpkin after my first pumpkin pie
this soup will be my next pumpkin project!
thks for sharing :)