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P is for Pumpkin Soup with Quinoa

Category: food

Eat your heart out, chicken soup. Pumpkin soup warms the soul like no other liquid. Satisfy hunger pangs with a heartier version of this creamy classic – the addition of quinoa provides a welcome serve of nutritious protein. 

Method

1 - For the soup: Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan set over a medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and a pinch of salt, sweating until softened, about 6 minutes. 
2 - Stir in the grated ginger, paprika, carrot, and butternut Pumpkin, stirring well to mix. 
3 - Cover with the stock and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, partially covered, for about 20-25 minutes or until Pumpkin is tender to the point of a knife. 
4 - Remove soup from the heat and let cool slightly before stirring in the crème fraîche. Purée with an immersion blender until smooth. 
5 - Adjust the seasoning to taste before covering and setting aside. 
6 - For the quinoa: Place the quinoa in a heavy-based saucepan set over a medium heat, stirring until dried out. 
7 - Cover with the stock and bring to the boil. Once boiling, cover, and cook over a reduced heat until the quinoa has absorbed the stock, about 15 minutes. 
8 - Remove from the heat when ready and let cool for 10 minutes, still covered. Fluff with a fork before stirring through the tomatoes and some salt and pepper to taste. 
9 - To serve: Reheat the soup over a low heat. Ladle into warm serving bowls and top with the quinoa and a garnish of herbs before serving.

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  • Serves: 4
  • Time needed: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Difficulty Medium


Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 pinch paprika
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 600 g | 4 cups butternut pumpkin, peeled, seeded and cut into cubes
  • 1 1/5 l chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp crème fraîche
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 175 g | 1 cup white quinoa, rinsed
  • 500 ml vegetable stock
  • 200 g | 1 1/4 cups mixed cherry tomatoes, red and gold, quartered
  • To serve: mint leaves basil leaves

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