Tuesday, 22 October 2013 21:38

My best pumpkin soup recipe - Austrian Kuerbiscremesuppe

In Austria, probably like in most other countries, the thought of pumpkin cream soup comes to mind once the trees change their color and the air smells like fall. Fall in Austria is also hunting season and many restaurants organize special weeks during which they serve game meat and… more often than not - pumpkin soup for a starter.

Other than this, cooking with pumpkin is really not that popular and one single best pumpkin soup recipe is probably the only thing most Austrians will own. In fact, in the Southeastern area of Styria pumpkins are mostly grown for their seeds which are used for oil. Read more about Austria’s black gold here.

Pumpkin seed oil has a very intense nutty flavor and is used for salad dressings and to top your pumpkin soup. If you use it to garnish your soup, a very basic soup recipe will bring out its flavor the best. Hence here a straight forward pumpkin soup recipe.

Ingredients for the best pumpkin soup recipe - 4 servings

  • 500 g pumpkin, peeled and cut into large pieces
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cut into large pieces
  • 1 stalk of leek, rinsed and cut
  • 30 g butter
  • 1 liter vegetable broth
  • Salt, pepper
  • sauté the leek, potatoes and pumpkin
  • add broth, salt, pepper and water
  • simmer for 30 minutes
  • puree and garnish with pumpkin seed oil and roasted pumpkin seeds

The possibilities for adding different flavors to your personal best pumpkin soup recipe are endless. Some ideas include:

  • coriander, ground cumin, nutmeg, turmeric, chili flakes, curry powder, marjoram,
  • chestnuts, onions, carrots, croutons
  • bacon, oranges, garlic, ginger
  • cream, sour cream, yogurt
  • coconut milk, orange juice, maple syrup
  • fresh chives, thyme, orange zest

For more ideas on cooking with pumpkin see my blogentry on pumpkins 

Photo: KuddelHB, chefkoch.de

Mary Anglberger

I’ve been travelling the world for over 20 years teaching English and am now taking time to follow my passion for photography and writing. I want to share all the things, events and people that have inspired and inspire me and spread those positive vibes all around.

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