I recently went to a cafe for a working lunch with My Awesome Co-teacher, and I was craving soup. Lucky for me their special was “Pumpkin, Leek and Chilli Soup”. Yum, right? Mmmmm, yeah, it was ok. But it was more like pumpkin soup with a blob of sweet chilli sauce thrown in at the end. Meh.
I decided that I would make my own version of this soup, and I have to say I was pretty impressed with my efforts. This soup is SOOO CREAMY without the use of cream, very thick and uber tasty. The kick from the chilli really does it for me, but if you’re not a chilli fan you can skip that bit.
This is a very simple to make soup. As long as you have some common sense. Read on…
Easy Coconut Pumpkin Soup with Chilli
(go ahead and ignore the blue text if you are toddler free)
makes approx 4 large serves or 6 small serves
1 small-medium butternut pumpkin, skin and seeds removed, chopped into large chunks
2 tablespoons of oil for roasting (I used coconut oil)
1 leek, rinsed and sliced thinly
1 tablespoon of oil for frying (I used rice bran oil)
2 cans coconut milk
1 cup vegetable stock
dried chilli flakes (or use fresh chillies) ~ if you’re not a chilli fan just leave it out
optional: freshly chopped coriander leaves for serving
common sense (sadly, I forgot this ingredient)
2. Roast the pumpkin in coconut oil until golden and tender (20 – 30 minutes at 220 degrees).
3. Pop out to the bakery for some fresh bread to have with your soup, it’ll only take 20 minutes.
4. Realise (again) that nothing takes twenty minutes with a toddler, as you ask her patiently to please hurry-up-and-get-in-the-car-no-you-can’t-have-a-chocolate-frog-don’t-pick-up-that-dirty…-OH!-Gross!-come-here-let-me-wash-your-hands-HURRYUPANDGETINTHECAR!!
5. Promise yourself never to ‘pop out to the shops’ mid-cook again. What were you thinking?
6. Resume the entertaining and educational activity (see step 1).
7. When your pumpkin is nearly ready, fry the leeks until translucent.
8. Combine all ingredients except chilli and simmer until warmed through.
9. Add chilli to taste.
10. Serve sprinkled with chopped coriander and season with salt and pepper to taste. Or use Italian parsley because you’ve run out of coriander and you want the photos to look pretty. For your blog. You geek!
11. Resume regular parenting programming. Lucky for us, it was nap time!
Have you eaten a delicious soup lately? Or perhaps you made one? Do tell!