Carvin' & Cookin' the Pumpkin

Considering the Pumpkin flavour can be incredibly bland, this particular recipe is exceptionally tasty.



Not only is this the easiest recipe i've cooked but it is undoubtedly the messiest too!!

It just comes down to chucking it alllll in. What more could you want? Especially if you have a lot going on in your house hold for Halloween, a simple yet effective hot meal that hits just the right spot at this time of year.

Ingredients:


  • 1.5kg of Pumpkin (to feed up to 4 people)
  • 3 cloves of Garlic (1tbsp of Garlic granules) 
  • 250ml of water
  • 500ml Vegetable Stock
  • 125ml Single Cream
  • 1/2 tsp of ground Cinnamon 
  • 20g Butter
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

To enjoy with:
  • A good couple of fresh crusty rolls!

If you're cooking pumpkin soup then it's bound to be for Halloween so why not make the most of the pumpkin and create your Jack O Lantern while you're at it! Pinterest do the best designs so if you want to go for a really different one have a look here.

Instructions: 

  1. Cut a big square hole in to the bottom of your pumpkin, using the largest spoon you have to scoop out all the seeds and pulp.
  2. Cut the pumpkin in to small squares and add to your saucepan, placing all seeds in a seperate dish
  3. Place remaining ingredients in the saucepan along with the pumpkin all except for the cream.
  4. Leave to simmer on a medium heat for 15-20 minutes so that the pumpkin eventually becomes very soft.
  5.  For a smooth soup pour one half in to blender and the rest to side and repeat with the next half adding the cream after.
  6. For lumpy soup add your cream with a generous amount of salt and pepper to taste!






A big hefty knife is a must for this job, depending on how tough/ripe your pumpkin is the skin will need breaking in with a lot of help from a sharp friend!



Adding some of the pulp can add more flavour so make sure you don't miss that part!



Try not to laugh at the look of my pumpkin it wasn't the prettiest one of the bunch but now it looks like it's just had a stroke LOL (definitely seen better days). Didn't pay enough attention or give enough time for my pumpkin design. My bad. But then it is Halloween so I'm only doing my bit for the holidays...





If you have time for the seeds either roast them in the oven to add to other meals also nice to have as a simple snack or perhaps if you have a little girl then they're fab to make necklaces out of, which I loved to do when I was younger!


Enjoy everyone and Happy Halloween!! 

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