Pumpkin & Chestnut Soup

They may appear in the supermarkets ready for halloween, but pumpkins are at their best throughout November and December, meaning pumpkin soup a warming winter staple.

Make the most of chestnuts being in season and add an extra nutty flavour to this velvety soup. Prepare a large batch to keep you warm on those chilly winter nights and use for easy lunches throughout the week.

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Serves 10

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 6 large potatoes, cut into one inch cubes
  • 2 medium onions coarsely chopped
  • 4 lbs roasted flesh of dry, starchy pumpkin or squash, such as ‘Hubbard’ or ‘Buttercup,’ cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 jar of whole, peeled chestnuts, or 15oz roasted chestnuts
  • 2 tbsp cream (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Method

  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onions and cook for about 5 minutes or until translucent
  • Stir in the stock, pumpkin, potatoes, and chestnuts; simmer over medium heat for about 45 minutes, until vegetables are tender. Leave to cool slightly.
  • In batches, blend mixture in a food processor until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Just before serving, stir in cream to taste, and garnish with pumpkin seeds and chopped chestnuts if desired.
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