{Parisian Pumpkin Soup}

We've been eating a lot of soup, at the beginning of winter I planned to make a soup a week and I have done that, you may have picked up on it if you are a regular here and if you don't like soup you may have lost a bit of interest but this will be the last one, promise, well for this year anyway.

With four weeks left of winter I've already got a lot of salad recipes lined up ready to try, we had a really good potato & egg salad last week which I'll post next time I make it, the day after we had the leftovers in beautiful sourdough ham sandwiches and I am still thinking about how delicious they were!

This is how they do the humble pumpkin soup in france, it is the only pumpkin soup I make since I tried it about three years ago, its full of sourcream and butter, its lush, bon appetit.

...the soup
1 kg pumpkin (I love kent)
1 litre chicken stock
2 tsp sugar
1 bay leaf
250ml sourcream

...the croutons
90g cold butter
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
2 thick slices of nice bread (I used sourdough)

Pop the peeled and diced pumpkin into a large saucepan along the with the stock, sugar and bay leaf, bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender. Let it cool a little, remove the bay leaf and then blitz it smooth, pass thru a sieve back into the pot and bring up to a simmer for a couple of minutes then reduce the heat and add the sourcream and s+p, stir till combined and gently heat it thru.

Remove the crusts from the bread and chop into large dice. Melt the butter in a frypan over a medium heat, add the garlic, parsley and bread and toss until bread is crisp and golden, serve a few in the middle of your pumpkin soup.


  1. This looks so easy and fabulous! And I'm intrigued by the use of a bay leaf, I've never seen that done in pumpkin soup, so I guess I'll have to try it this weekend, oh darn. :)

  2. gezz woman- youre makin it look good too!

    xo em

  3. Bongiorno Bella!!!! Looking good honey, I love me a good pumpkin soup. Just waiting for Lou to get the hire car so was uploading some photos and thought I'd stop by. Having a great time and hope to post some photos soon xx

  4. Nothing wrong with soup, I'm a bit of a fanatci myself when it comes to making them in winter....and cold in summer too! I like the sour cream touch.

  5. paula- can you emial me your address again? been replying to your comments via email but you have a no reply blogger account, just realised theya re not getting though. I remember that your email is under your husbands name but cant remember what it is (over 4000 emials in my inbox means i cant locate it) i have lost your address. My fault


  6. I'm big on soups too. Can't believe winter is nearly over and I haven't made pumpkin soup, though! Usually it's the first one I make. Will have to make it a priority before it gets to salad weather again :)

    and those croutons, YUM


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