If winter had a fragrance, this would be it…
There’s a real chill in the air these days. A perfect reason to stock up on vegetables and make soups to last for days. After all there is nothing more comforting than a warm bowl of soup on a cold night, watching Netflix wrapped up in a blanket.
I am a big fan of combining different vegetables and spices whilst making soup. Take this soup for instance, pumpkin and carrot are combined with cinnamon and ginger. Now if winter had a fragrance this would be it. Cinnamon brings out the sweetness in pumpkin and ginger, while ginger gives the soup a really earthiness. I don’t even have to begin to tell you the health benefits of these ingredients. Let’s just say it’s like winning a jackpot of good health.
So without further ado here’s the recipe.
Ingredients: 18 Cooking time: 45 minutes
- Half a pumpkin, peeled and cubed (I used Kent pumpkin)
- Four medium sized carrots, peeled and chopped
- One medium sized onion, sliced
- Three to four pods of garlic, chopped
- Thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled and grated
- One large cinnamon stick
- Two bayleaves
- Half a teaspoon of rosemary leaves
- Half a teaspoon of smoked paprika
- Half a teaspoon of cumin powder
- Salt to season
- Three tablespoons of olive oil
- 1.25 ltr of stock or water
For the garnish
- Sage leaves
- Small piece of ginger
- Two tablespoons of olive oil
- Toasted sesame seeds
- Sour cream or Greek yogurt (optional)
Heat oil in a crockpot. Add garlic, once aromatic add onion, ginger, bay leaves and cinnamon. Cook on medium heat for three to four minutes.
Add water or stock, cover the pot and let the soup simmer for 20 to 30 minutes on a medium heat.
Now take out the bayleaves and cinnamon stick. Season with salt as required and blend the soup. Add the bayleaves and cinnamon stick back in the soup. Cover the pot again and let the soup simmer again for five to ten minutes.
To prepare the garnish, mix olive oil, sage and smashed ginger in a skillet. Heat until aromatic. Keep aside.
Your lip smackingly delicious soup is ready to be served. Ladle a generous serve into a bowl, glaze it with the sensational sage and ginger oil, add a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt and finally top with toasted sesame seeds. Serve with some toasted sourdough bread. Aaahhh!!!! Heaven.