Pumpkin Soup

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I have never been a pumpkin lover but I do love this soup. It is easy and can be changed into vegetarian, or by changing the meat in it you can change the flavour too. Even if you do not like Pumpkin... give this soup a go as it is so nice.

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1 1/2 kg
or bit more than 3 pounds of pumpkin... chopped
2-3 large
potatoes... chopped
2-3 large
carrots... chopped
1 medium
onion... chopped
clovers of garlic... whole
parsnip... whole
choko... chopped (also known as chayite)
1/2 small
head cauliflower broken up into florets
2 stick
celery cut in half but left big so can be taken out
1 tsp
sambol oelek... (chilli paste)
ham hock, ham or bacon bones or chicken carcass or 1 cup of diced bacon
1/4 c
salt and pepper
vegeta.... (it's a dry vegetable stock powder)

Directions Step-By-Step

In a pot, pop the ham hock, or bones or chicken carcass with enough water to cover it. Bring to a boil, skim the surface and simmer for 30 mins... or till meat is tender (ham hock will take longer than chicken carcass or bacon bits)
Peel and chop the veggies. The size of the veggies doesn’t really matter as it will be all pureed so as long as they are of a similar size it won’t matter. Put all the veggiesin the pot with the meat andtop up with enough water be just below coving it. Add the butter, salt, pepper, vegeta and sambol oelek.
You can use water or stock just becauseful not to make it too salty
Bring to a boil and then lower heat to a simmer. Skim off the froth, if any, from the top of soup. Leave the lid off as you want the stock to condense.
Once the meat and veggies are cooked, take out the celery and parsnip if you do not like them and discard. Also take out the bones or meat and take the meat off the bones and pull apart. Don't worry about this step if making with diced bacon.
Add the meat back into the veggie mix.
Either ladle out the mix into a blender and puree in batches or use a wand to puree the mix, meat and all… till smooth
Mix the puree over heat with 1/4 C cream and bring to a boil again.
Serve in a bowl or cup with a splash more of cream, sprinkling of fresh chopped parsley and crusty bread. Can be frozen before cream is added.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Soups, Vegetable Soup
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy