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Curried Pumpkin Walnut Soup

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This gorgeous orange pumpkin and fresh walnut soup is perfect for autumn. The lightly roasted and curried flavor of pumpkin along with the nuttiness of walnut makes this a soul comforting soup.
Ingredients
  Red pumpkin 700 Gram
  Walnut kernels 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (about 8 whole ones, plus little extra chopped for garnish)
  Onion 1 Large
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm)
  Oil 1 Tablespoon
  Butter 2 Tablespoon
  Vegetable stock 4 Cup (64 tbs) (1 large vegetable stock cube dissolved in 4 cups/2 pints water)
  Tomato paste 1⁄2 Tablespoon (Thick)
  Fresh cream 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Salt To Taste
  Ground white pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Lemon juice 1 Tablespoon
  Fresh parsley sprig 2 (for garnish)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Cut pumpkin into two large pieces. Scoop out the seeds, clean and wash it.
2. Roughly chop the walnuts.
3. Peel, wash and finely chop onion.
4. Mince the garlic. You can use a garlic press to do this quickly.
5. Pre-heat oven to 200 degree C (400 degree F)

MAKING
6. Coat the pumpkin pieces with oil and roast in the pre-heated oven 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can peel and cut the pumpkin into dices and sauté it with the onion as described in point 7.
7. Heat butter in a pan and add the chopped onion and garlic. Sauté till limp and transparent.
8. Let the roasted pumpkin cool slightly then peel and chop the flesh.
9. Add pumpkin and walnuts to the onion along half of the stock. Cook for five minutes. Remove from heat, cool and
10. Turn the mixture into a food blender or liquidizer jar and puree until smooth.
11. Return the mixture to the saucepan and stir in the remaining stock.
12. Place pan on a medium low heat, stir in curry powder and tomato paste. Bring to a boil.
13. Reduce heat to low and blend in the cream. Let the gorgeous orange-red soup simmer briefly.
14. Season the soup with salt, pepper and lemon juice as per your liking.

SERVING
15. Ladle the soup into warm soup bowls and serve garnished with chopped parsley.
16. Accompany the soup with crusty brown bread, nutty lentil pasties, or turnovers.

TIPS
The soup can be made a day ahead and kept covered in the refrigerator. Do not had the cream to the soup if making it in advance.
Reheat the soup and blend in the cream and seasonings before serving

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Appetizer
Feel: 
Smooth
Method: 
Blending
Dish: 
Soup
Interest: 
Holiday, Gourmet, Healthy
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Pumpkin
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
60 Minutes
Ready In: 
70 Minutes
Servings: 
4
Story
The days are getting colder and on such days there is nothing more comforting than a big bowl of piping hot soup. These days I love to make a soup almost every night. This Pumpkin Walnut soup is one of my very favorite fall recipes. After tweaks and many cookbooks later, this recipe has been perfected and often features on my holiday dinner party vegetarian menu. Serve it with crusty bread or nutty lentil pastries and you have a beautiful soup appetizer for a vegetarian menu.

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