Friday, January 22, 2010

Roasted pumpkin and marjoram soup

Roasted pumpkin and marjoram soup / Sopa de abóbora assada com manjerona

I’m feeling a bit guilty – here I am, posting cherry recipes, sorbets and ice creams while my dear readers on the Northern Hemisphere are covered in snow...

I thought you deserved something warm, comforting and full of flavor – I hope the vivid color cheers you up!

Roasted pumpkin and marjoram soup / Sopa de abóbora assada com manjerona

Roasted pumpkin and marjoram soup
adapted from Donna Hay magazine

800g Japanese pumpkin (kabocha)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon olive oil, extra
1 large onion, chopped
3 cups (720ml) chicken stock
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup (240ml) heavy cream
marjoram leaves, to serve

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Divide the pumpkin in half, remove the seeds, then chop each half in 6 or so smaller pieces. Place the pumpkin in a roasting pan, drizzle with the olive oil, sprinkle with salt and roast for 30-40 minutes or until tender. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool until easy to handle. With a spoon or small knife, remove all the pumpkin flesh, discarding the skins.

Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the extra olive oil and onion and cook for 4-5 minutes or until tender. Add the pumpkin and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the stock, cover and bring to a boil. Cook for 2-3 minutes, remove from heat and blitz with a handheld mixer until smooth (or use a food processor) - be careful because you are dealing with hot liquid. Make sure you hold the cap down on the top of the blender while puréeing.
Add the salt, pepper and cream and stir to combine.
Ladle into serving bowls and sprinkle with marjoram leaves to serve.

Serves 4


poppyseed said...

We are covered in a sheet of sleet and ice--your soup looks perfect right now. It sounds like a really good simple recipe and I'll be trying it for sure when I get out to the grocery store.

pam said...

How sweet of you to think of us! I'll try and remember that you are shivering as I faint from heat exhaustion.

tasteofbeirut said...

Just what I needed to see! Simple and delicious soup to warm us up!

Susan @ SGCC said...

It's not too chilly here, but it is very gloomy and rainy. Your soup is perfect for a day like this! The photos are beautiful. They really "pop"!

Dragana said...

It's interesting that I saw cherries in the store the other day, in the middle of January in Texas! Very expensive and it's a toss-up as to whether they are good or not so I'll wait for the Michigan cherries in July. Enjoy your summer and don't feel guilty!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

I think I need that with my Irish oatmeal bread!

SUCH a lovely colour, that soup - cheers the heart, as well as warms the belly

anadelicias said...

Really delicious!! I love its colour!

Pei-Lin said...

Looks comforting to me!! Perfect for winter!!

Oh, yea ... I understand how "guilty" you feel ... LOL!! I've been doing almost the same while others are going thru extreme cold!! @@


Anonymous said...

Wow, this looks SO good. I love marjoram and it's so unappreciated. I can't wait to try this!

Emily said...

Ohhh beautiful, beautiful pictures! I need some of this soup right now. I bet it tastes very Italian.

Kana said...

Patricia - lovely soup!!

Abby said...

It goes from freezing to balmy around here, but February is usually a rough month for North Carolina so worse weather may be coming. Sigh.

What a beautifully colored soup! I've never tried that kind of squash...

Manggy said...

You read my mind: freezing *and* it just rained. Now time to bundle up in warm clothes and shop for a pumpkin! :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Poppyseed, I hope you like it!

Pam, you are the best - I always think of you! xx

Taste of Beirut, thank you!

Susan, thank you, sweetie!

Dragana, thank you! I see cherries sometimes here out of season and they are too expensive - I don't buy them then. :)

A Forkful..., I want a slice of that bread, please! ;)
Thank you!

Ana, thank you!

Pei-Lin, in the other half of the year it will be the other way around, right? ;)
Thank you, sweetie!

Arugulove, thank you! I agree with you on marjoram.

Emily, thanks you! I love the unusual touch of the marjoram.

Maya, thank you!

Abby, hang in there, darling.

Mark, take care and be warm, my friend.

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