I love this pumpkin soup, as its really a veg soup with lots of pumpkin…and my kids dont know they are eating all that goodness.
I make this amount and freeze it in the winter months, so I have a ready made meal on hand for those nights when its all just too hard to cook. If you want that professsional swirl of the sour cream, mix it with a little bit of milk, that way its the same consistency as the soup and will swirl much easier.
My secret ingredient here is a small amount of brown sugar, it really lifts the flavour of the pumpkin and gives it hero status.

Pumpkin soup

Prep time 10 minutes Cooking time 40 minutes
Serves 6-8

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 x onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1.5 kg butternut pumpkin , chopped and peeled
1 medium potato, peeled roughly chopped
1 carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
2 sticks celery, chopped
1 Tbsp brown sugar
6 cups chicken stock
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp chopped parsley to serve
¼ cup sour light cream, stirred till smooth
Soy and linseed bread, sliced to serve

1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and cook for 1-2 minutes, add garlic and stir for 1 minute.
2. Add pumpkin, potatoes, carrot, celery, brown sugar and stock. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 35-40 minutes or till potatoes are tender.
3. Puree soup with a hand blender or in a food processor till smooth and thick. Season with salt & pepper, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle of parsley and a swirl of sour cream serve.