Friday, 2 May 2014


“I went to Floridita on Wardour Street when I was 18. All I could afford was pumpkin soup and a glass of champagne, but it was worth it.” - KarenGillan

The weather in Melbourne is getting to be seriously autumnal with cool and wet days and rather nippy nights that arrive ever earlier. Just perfect for warm, nourishing comfort food dishes that warm one up after being out braving the elements all day long.

Roast Pumpkin Soup
2kg butternut pumpkin, peeled, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
100 mL extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 large brown onions, halved, coarsely chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tablespoons ground coriander
2 L chicken stock (or vegetable stock if cooking vegetarian)
250 mL cream
Spring onion for garnishing

Preheat oven to 220°C. Combine the pumpkin, rosemary and half the oil in a large roasting pan. Season with salt and pepper. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until tender.
Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and coriander, and cook, stirring, for 10 minutes or until onion softens. Add the pumpkin mixture and stock and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until it reduces slightly. Add 250 mL of cream and stir thoroughly. Remove from heat.
Place half the pumpkin mixture in the jug of a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a clean saucepan. Repeat with the remaining pumpkin mixture. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve, garnishing with drizzles of cream.

This post is part of the Food Friday meme,
and also part of the Food Trip Friday meme.

1 comment:

  1. not sure if my comment went through ... got lost in cyberspace, i think. lol.
    but this is basically what i wrote:

    i haven't tried adding rosemary to my roasted squash (am assuming it tastes more or less like pumpkin?) yet ... sounds like something I should try! :)

    thanks much for sharing and linking over at Food Friday, Nick
    enjoy the rest of the week!