Pumpkin Soup

Fall in New England brings an abundance of squash or pumpkins. The squash is from a member of the gourd family. Almost every different part of the squash can be eaten including the skin, seeds and flesh. Great soup can be made with any of the following winter squash varieties or pumpkins and can be eaten at any time of the year as the squash keep for many months!
There are many different types of squash with names as familiar as Acorn Squash, Butternut squash, Hubbard squash, Spaghetti squash, Amber cup, Turban squash to name a few.
Many colors, shapes and varieties of winter squash cow squash

1 whole winter squash cut in to cubes
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 large onion chopped fine
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1stick of celery cut into pieces
One carrot chopped.
2 large potatoes cut into small cubes.
4 cups of chicken stock or vegetable stock if you want to keep it vegetarian.
2 cups of water
salt and pepper to taste.
3 cloves of garlic crush and chopped fine.
Half a head of white cabbage chopped fine

Choose any type of winter squash and cut it into chunks with a sharp knife. This one is a Cow squash. There is no need to take the skin or seeds out.
Then roast the chunks in an oven proof dish or pan on 240 degrees celsius. After it has roasted and is fork tender put the seeds aside and peel off the skin and cut into smaller chunks.

Once this is done, in a large separate pan, fry the onions and garlic in olive oil making sure they don’t brown and add the other vegetables. Make sure they are all stirred and mixed together thoroughly.
Add the spices and the cubes of squash and keep frying.

Let this sweat for about 10 minutes with the pan lid on. Add the liquid including the chicken stock and water. Let this boil for about 30 minutes and then allow to cool for an hour.
When the liquid has cooled a little put this in the food processor and liquidize. Add the salt and pepper.

Put the liquidized soup back in the pan and warm through and then serve with croutons or crusty bread. Enjoy any time of the year!

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