Provencal Pumpkin Soup

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Here in Western Oregon, there is a very narrow window when pumpkins and lavender blossoms are still available. This year, we started getting pumpkins last week. I picked my lavender a couple days ago and they probably be gone by next week. So this soup is also an autumn metaphor, with the waning of summer herbs and the arrival of fall's bounty.

Provencal Pumpkin Soup

Provencal Pumpkin Soup
2 Tbs Olive Oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups pumpkin, cubed (1 small pumpkin)
1 cup carrots, chopped (2-3 carrots)
2 cups cauliflower (1/2 head)
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 quart water
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 tsp marjoram, chopped
1/2 tsp oregano, chopped
1/2 tsp rosemary, chopped
1/2 tsp thyme, chopped
1/2 tsp tarragon, chopped
1/2 tsp lavender, chopped

Note: Herbs may be replaced with 2 tsp dried Herb de Provence

Heat the oil in a large sauce pan set to medium high. Saute the onions until the onions have caramelized. Add the garlic and saute until aromatic. Add the pumpkin, carrots and cauliflower. Boil the wine for a couple minutes, then add the water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until the vegetables are soft, about 20 minutes. Stir in in the herbs, salt, turmeric and lemon juice. In batches, thoroughly blend the soup. Return to the pan, bring back to a simmer and remove from heat.

Another Note: I added turmeric for color, as the herbs lent a green tint. Next time, I will add half an orange or red bell pepper and eliminate the turmeric. The sweet pepper would be a welcome flavor and contribute to an oranger color.

4 Servings: 165 cal (7g fat, 20g carbs, 3g protein)

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  1. BEAUTIFUL!! I'm not a huge fan of savory pumpkin dishes, though have made several pumpkin soups, so this will be on my "MUST TRY" list (which keeps getting longer and longer thanks to your blog!).

  2. Mary Says:
  3. Beautiful picture! I love pumpkin and squash soups.

  4. Oh my dear, this looks heavenly!

  5. Jenn Says:
  6. Oooh. That looks pretty and delicious!

  7. Wow, I like how you incorporated cauliflower + carrots. This soup looks perfect; I am definitely saving the recipe!

  8. Deseree Says:
  9. As Fall gets into full swing I was looking for a great pumpkin soup recipe to try. This looks lovely. And what a beautiful picture.

  10. This delicious photo is looking great as today's headline pic - thanks for sharing it with us!

  11. Joanne Says:
  12. Absolutely gorgeous soup! Other than pie, I have not cooked much with pumpkin, this is definitely inspiring. Thank You!!



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