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This easy pumpkin soup is a very quick and nutritious one pot dish.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, Autumn is the season associated with harvesting what we have grown and storing produce for the upcoming winter. The days are still warm, windy and dry, but the evenings begin to cool more than in summer.

We want to take particular care of the Lung and Large Intestines during Autumn. Both these organs desire to be moistened so that the Qi energy can flow gently through them.

Root vegetables are usually abundant and my favourite pumpkin soup can help to warm and nourish the Stomach and Spleen, as well as moisten the Lung and Large Intestine.

It is a very quick, easy and nutritious one pot dish.

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Easy Pumpkin Soup
Easy Pumpkin Soup
Prep Time 1 hour
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 1 hour
Servings
people
Ingredients
Easy Pumpkin Soup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180℃
  2. Remove skin from pumpkin, cut into 2cm x 2cm cubes and place on a roasting tray.
  3. Drizzle pumpkin with maple syrup. Add cumin, turmeric, garlic, salt and pepper and massage into pumpkin until covered evenly. Place in preheated oven for 15- 20 minutes until pumpkin is soft and has caramelised slightly.
  4. Place deep saucepan/soup pot on medium heat and add rice bran oil to warm. When oil is ready, place chopped leeks, and bacon (if desired) in pan and fry gently until leeks are soft and translucent and bacon is crispy.
  5. Add caramelised soft pumpkin to pot and mix with leek/bacon and gently fry for a minute to blend. Then add nutmeg.
  6. Add stock slowly until pumpkin, leeks and bacon mixture is just covered. (Do not add too much liquid!) Simmer, stirring occasionally.
  7. As the liquid reduces the pumpkin will begin to break apart. You can assist this process by using a potato masher or stick blender.
  8. Thicken soup by simmering gently on low heat with the lid off. Stir occasionally so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.
  9. Cooking cream or sour cream can be added for a creamier soup, but I enjoy the pure flavour without cream.
  10. Ladle into bowls and garnish with coriander.
  11. Ladle into bowls and garnish with coriander.
  12. Serve with crusty fresh bread or crackers.
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