Pumpkin and crème fraîche soup

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 35 minutes
  • Total time: 50 minutes 50 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

3 tbsp olive oil

2 red onions, roughly chopped

2 celery stalks, roughly chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

30g root ginger, finely chopped

1kg pumpkin, deseeded and chopped into 2cm cubes

1 tbsp ground cumin

large pinch cayenne pepper

500ml fresh vegetable stock

75ml crème fraîche

Method

1. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large pan and add the onion, celery, garlic, ginger and a pinch of salt; sweat for 5 minutes. Add the pumpkin (reserving 4 cubes) and the spices. Fry for 7-8 minutes. Pour in the stock and 250ml water, cover, bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes.

2. Cut the reserved pumpkin into tiny cubes. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a frying pan and fry for 1-2 minutes.

3. Remove the soup from the heat and blend. Season and blitz in the crème fraîche. Serve with the fried pumpkin and a little more crème fraîche and cumin, if liked.