Pumpkin Coconut Soup

Overview

An unusual combination, pumpkin and coconut create a mild, fragrant soup. Because the pumpkin flesh remains fibrous even after cooking, the soup demands processing. This results in a smooth texture made even creamier by the addition of coconut cream. Rich in beta-carotene and potassium, which pumpkins contain in abundance, this soup provides a healthy way to use up extra pumpkins from the home garden. This recipe yields approximately eight 1 1/4-cup servings.

Step 1

Combine the vegetable broth, ginger and pumpkin cubes in a large saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

Step 2

Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the pumpkin is tender, about 10 to 12 minutes. Add the scallions and cook for an additional three to four minutes.

Step 3

Pour the contents of the saucepan into a blender or food processor and process on medium speed until the soup is partially pureed.

Step 4

Add 1 cup of coconut cream to the pumpkin mixture in the blender or food processor. Blend again on medium speed until the soup is smooth.

Step 5

Return the pumpkin and coconut mixture to the saucepan. Add 1/2 cup of the remaining coconut cream, season with salt and white pepper, and warm over medium heat without allowing the soup to come to a boil.

Step 6

Add the lemon and lime juice. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding more salt, white pepper, lemon or lime juice as needed to suit your tastes.

Step 7

Ladle the pumpkin coconut soup into serving bowls. Garnish with the remaining coconut cream, forming a swirl in the center of each bowl. Sprinkle the lime zest on top and serve immediately.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2-inch piece fresh peeled ginger
  • 6 cups peeled, cubed fresh pumpkin
  • Large saucepan
  • 2 scallions, finely sliced
  • Blender or food processor
  • 2 cups coconut cream, divided
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. white pepper
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice
  • Zest of 1 lime, finely shredded

References

  • University of Illinois Extension: Pumpkin Nutrition
  • “The Everything Soup Cookbook”; B. J. Hanson; 2002
  • “The Pauper's Cookbook”; Jocasta Innes; 2003
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Willow Sidhe is a freelance writer living in the beautiful Hot Springs, AR. She is a certified aromatherapist with a background in herbalism. She has extensive experience gardening, with a specialty in indoor plants and herbs. Sidhe's work has been published on numerous Web sites, including Gardenguides.com.