As the leaves turn golden and the air becomes crisp, there's nothing quite like cosying up around a firepit and indulging in a warm bowl of pumpkin soup. This delightful recipe combines the flavors of autumn with a touch of smokiness from the firepit. So grab your ingredients and let's get cooking!
What you will need:
Before we dive into the recipe, let's gather our ingredients:
- 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 medium-sized pumpkin
- 1 onion, finely chopped (tears are optional)
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced (keep the vampires away)
- ½ teaspoon sea salt, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ⅛ cloves (to add a little spice to your life)
- Salt & Pepper (because seasoning is everything)
- 4 cups (32 ounces) vegetable broth
- ½ cup full fat coconut milk or heavy cream (for that velvety smoothness)
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
- ¼ cup pepitas (green pumpkin seeds)
- Boiling water (simple, but needed)
- Fresh coriander
- Loaf of bread (for dipping!)
- Kotlich/Dutch Oven
Instructions: Let the Firepit Magic Begin
1. Start by lighting up your firepit with Flaming Firewood logs and KindleFlamers. Let it burn until you have a nice bed of glowing embers. (Don't worry, we won't be sacrificing any pumpkins to the fire gods)
2. While the firepit works its magic, grab the pumpkin and cut it in half. Scoop out the seeds and guts (save them for roasting later if you're feeling adventurous).
3. Cut pumkin into small even cubes and place them in the kotlich (or a suitable alternate you have available). Add the olive oil and chopped onion then cook until the pumpkin is soft and the onion golden.
4. Next, add the spices and stir. Let this cook for a minute or two.
5. Pour in the boiling water and let the mixture simmer for about 15 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
7. Time to add the cream! Pour it into the pot and add more seasoning to your liking. Give it another stir and let it simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
8. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool slightly. Then, grab your trusty blender and puree the soup until it reaches a smooth and creamy consistency. (Be careful not to splatter it all over yourself, unless you're going for a pumpkin-inspired fashion statement.)
9. Ladle the soup into bowls, sprinkle pumpkin seeds and fresh coriander on top, and voila! Your pumpkin soup is ready to be devoured with a freshly baked loaf of bread.
Get Cosy and Enjoy!
Now that you have a steaming bowl of pumpkin soup in your hands, find a cosy spot by the firepit or woodburner, wrap yourself in a warm blanket, and savor each spoonful. Let the smoky aroma and creamy texture transport you to a place of pure bliss. And don't forget to share the recipe with your loved ones, because good food is meant to be shared!