For anyone who loves Thai food, this tasty Thai Pumpkin Soup is sure to impress. Using classic Thai ingredients, such as ginger, coriander and coconut milk, this Thai Pumpkin Soup recipe would be great for any Halloween party.
Thai Pumpkin Soup by Jenny Bristow
- 900g/2lb pumpkin flesh
- 1 dessertspoon of olive oil
- 25g/1oz butter
- 1 onion - finely chopped
- 2 inches ginger - grated
- 1 teaspoon chilli sauce or
- 2 red chillies - deseeded and finely chopped
- 400g/14oz tin chopped tomatoes
- 570ml/1pt chicken stock
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 570ml/1pint coconut milk
- 1dessert sppon of coriander or parsley - finely chopped
- 1 red chilli and 1 green chilli - deseeded and finely sliced
Slice the top off the pumpkin and carefully remove all the seeds. Using a knife or a heavy spoon remove the flesh from the insides. Be careful not to cut through the shell of the pumpkin if you are using it as a serving dish, or the soup will leak out. Chop the pumpkin flesh quite coarsely.
Heat the oil and butter in a large heavy-based pan. When it is foaming add the onion, ginger and chillies and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Next add the pumpkin flesh and stir well. Place the lid on the pan and leave to simmer for 8-10 minutes. Give the mixture a stir from time to time to prevent it sticking.
Add the tomatoes and cook for 4-5 minutes. Now add the chicken stock and season with salt and pepper. Replace the lid and cook for a further 45 minutes.
Remove the soup from the heat and allow it to cool slightly. Pour the soup into a blender or liquidiser and blitz until it reaches the consistency you prefer.
Return the soup to the saucepan, add the coconut milk, adjust the seasoning and cook for a further 6-7 minutes.
To prepare the pumpkin for use as a serving dish, ensure it is well scooped out and dry. Place in a pre-heated oven @ 180°C/gas mark 4 for 10 minutes. Just to warm it through. Now add the soup. Garnish with the herbs and slices of chilli.
Recipe for Thai Pumpkin Soup by Jenny Bristow. More recipes can be found at JennyBristow.com
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