Two soups that stole my heart this week

photo credits: miniQQ @Flickr

Every year I have a feeling that the autumn arrives almost unexpectedly. Not the one with last sunshine and red leaves. No, that autumn I love. Now it is the grey, cold and rainy one.. The one that makes you fall ill… And while getting back on feet with the natural ingredients is one way of dealing with this, you have to remember to treat yourself as well. Soup, in my opinion serves this purpose perfectly. Here are recipes for two soups that I fell in love with.

Spicy pumpkin soup
Preparation and cooking time: 30minutes

There I was – sleeping under the blankets and thinking what would make me feel better. Lucky I was when I opened the fridge and saw a pumpkin in there. Even just the color of pumpkin is cheering you up. And I am not even talking about all the health benefits of the beautiful veggie. Immediately I thought of the soup…

In order to make the soup, you need really very few ingredients:

  • a pumpkin (obviously :)). mine was around 1kg. peeled, deseeded and chopped into chunks.
  • couple of red onions, chopped
  • olive oil for cooking
  • 150ml coconut cream/cooking soy cream (or the real one if you wish.. I am using lactose free version for all my food)
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 700ml chicken or veggie stock
The soup can serve either as an appetizer or main dish

How to proceed

  • heat the olive oil and add the onion. cook for 3-5 minutes, until soft
  • add the pumpkin and cook for other 10 minutes
  • pour the stock to the pan, bring to boil and then simmer for 10 minutes (or until the moment the pumpkin is soft)
  • add the cream, bring to boil and puree with a hand blender until smooth.
  • add the cayenne pepper, salt and pepper to taste and ENJOY!

P.S. If it is a really cold day outside and you would like to have a heartier version of the soup, you can add couple of potatoes in with the pumpkin. Deliciousness is guaranteed!!

Pesto veggie soup
Preparation and cooking time: approximately 30-40 minutes

I love watching cooking shows (amongst others0. Not only they are about the reality of other people and you being able to “participate” in that reality. A lot of times they are purely inspirational. This recipe comes from one of the shows that I saw recently and it was a huge success during a dinner party.

Ingredients for 4 people:

  • 2 red onions, chopped
  • 1 fennel, cut into chunks
  • 1 zucchini, cut into chunks
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 200g of fava or any other beans, cut into pieces
  • 3 tomatoes chopped
  • olive oil for frying
  • handful of basil
  • 50g of sheep cheese
  • 1 garlic clove
  • croutons

Delicious veggie pesto soup is a perfect meal for those cold evenings

The process

  • heat a big pan and put all the veggies (except tomatoes) in. sweat for a few minutes, add some salt and pepper
  • add the water to cover the veggies and boil on medium heat until soft (it took me approximately 20minutes)
  • meanwhile boil a water in a pan, blanche basil for 5 seconds in a boiling water, then put for 5 seconds in cold water.
  • combine the basil leaves, garlic and cheese in a small food processor and process them, add the olive oil and salt and process until you get a smooth paste (this is your pesto)
  • when the veggies are soft, put the tomatoes in, boil for a minute, then integrate the pesto (as much or as little as you would like… taste your soup and decide how much pesto or spices you would like to use)
  • plate the soup, garnish with croutons and serve hot
Both these soups will make your taste buds tingle and on the next cold day they will be the first thing on my mind when I’ll be thinking what to make for dinner! Enjoy!

2 thoughts on “Two soups that stole my heart this week

  1. I tried pumpkin soup last WE. I overdid with red spice. In order to make soup eatable I had to pour whole can with coconut cream (400ml)! At the end of the day, we eat coconut soup with some pumpkin! Thanks Evita for cooking ideas! Do you know any good recipe for butternut squash?

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