Its autumn! That means soup time. Lots and lots of delicious, nutritious, hot steamy soup! A few years ago, I stumbled upon a recipe in a magazine in a doctors waiting room. It was so long ago now that I can’t possibly give it the appropriate credit it deserves, even though I have made several changes over the years.
[ SERVES: 4 | TIME: 90 MIN | COST: <$3 ]
[ JOES’ RATING: 4 / 5 | MY RATING: 3.5 / 5 | BrittanyS’ RATING: 4 / 5]
1 litre vegetable stock
1 small – medium butternut pumpkin
1 head of garlic
- Skin and cut the pumpkin in to large pieces for roasting. Peek and quarter the onion. Cut the top off the head of garlic.
- In a baking tray, toss the prepared vegetables with rosemary, olive oil and seasoning. Roast in a moderate oven until caramelised. You will need to check the progress every 20 minutes, but it should take about 50 minutes.
- Allow vegetables to cool before use.
- Carefully remove the garlic from the skins and place the pulp into a blender. Add the remaining cold roast vegetables and any liquid remaining from the roasting process. Pulse and process until smooth. Add vegetable stock as you need if the purée is too thick to blend.
- In a small saucepan, add the purée and remaining stock. Stir well and serve when hot. Season as needed.
4 slices whole grain wraps
- Tear the basil leaves and spread randomly over two pieces of bread. Add some cheese and capsicum as desired. Season.
- On two “lids”, spread hummus generously but evenly. Place the lids over the bottoms and place under a grill for 10 minutes – until crispy and the cheese has melted.
- Cut into wedges and serve immediately.
- The soup is so tasty but can be a bit rich. A dollop of cream would be delicious for those who do not have to watch their calories.
- This soup is quite textured as the rosemary doesn’t purée down well.
- There is a whole head of garlic in this soup. Don’t have a bowl right before a first date.
- Diabetic Note: I had to add the flat bread to this meal to add in some carbohydrates. You could add some potatoes into the mix if bread isn’t your thing. This soup, on its own is quite lacking in carbohydrates, so be careful.
- Ethical Note: Using season vegetables is a wise ethical choice for the environment and your hip pocket. At the end of the season, excesses are often cheap and left to rot. Preparing and freezing meals such as this will allow you to enjoy the tastes long after the season has ended.
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