Autumn Harvest Pumpkin Soup

Overview

Autumn harvest time means observing many pumpkins on display at local farmers markets. Choose what are known as pie pumpkins to make pumpkin soup. They are smaller and less grainy than jack-o-lantern pumpkins. Pie pumpkins are usually 8 to 10 inches in diameter and they have sweeter taste. Home gardeners begin to harvest pumpkins in September when their leaves start to wither and lose color. The pumpkins are ripe and ready when the stem begins to dry away from the vine. Leave a foot or more of vine on each pumpkin and it can be stored safely for the winter in a cool, dark place.

Pumpkin Soup

Step 1

Wash the exterior of the pumpkin with warm water but no soap. Cut the pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds with a heavy ice-cream scoop. Put the pumpkin in a casserole dish with a lid. Add 3 cups water and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour at 350 degrees F.

Step 2

Remove the pumpkin pulp from its skin and place it in a bowl. Mix for three to four minutes with a hand mixer or hand blender.

Step 3

Saute the diced onions, grated carrots and chopped celery in a pan with butter until tender.

Step 4

Add the pumpkin and remaining ingredients except the half-and-half. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the half-and-half, heat through and serve warm.

Things You'll Need

  • Ovenproof casserole dish with lid
  • Large cooking pot
  • Hand mixer or hand blender
  • Ice cream scoop
  • 3-4 cups mashed cooked pumpkin
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 large sweet onion diced
  • 6 carrots chopped or grated
  • 2 stalks chopped celery
  • 3 tbsp. melted butter
  • ½ tsp. salt and a dash of pepper
  • 1 pint half-and-half
  • 2 tsp. thyme or sage
  • 4 tbsp. chopped parsley

References

  • Ohio State University Extension: Growing Squash & Pumpkins in the Home Garden
  • Pick Your Own: Pumpkin Soup

Who Can Help

  • Pick Your Own: Pumpkin Cooking
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About this Author

Joan Norton, M.A., is a licensed psychotherapist and professional writer in the field of women's spirituality. She blogs and has two published books on the subject of Mary Magdalene; "14 Steps To Awaken The Sacred Feminine:Women in the Circle of Mary Magdalene," and "The Mary Magdalene Within."