This time of year always used to hold an element of dread and I am sure many people still feel that way. After all, as it starts to get colder you just know it’s going to get colder still and for a long time. A very long time. What felt like an eternity last year. Having spent most of my life in the UK, while the cold there isn’t anything like as cold as I get to experience here in Cambridge, Mass, I think I probably disliked the prospect of what was to come even more as it became darker, wetter and grayer. Growing up in Edinburgh, I have distinct memories of going to school as the street lights went off and them coming on again on my way home, and we didn’t have particularly long school days. It was all a bit depressing knowing months of that lay ahead.
However from a food point of view, it signals a change to a whole different set of foods and meals that we haven’t had in a while that I can’t wait to have again. Soups, stews and roasts have all been hibernating and our first few goes of them remind us of how great their comforting warmth can be. Plus I know my son likes them too. Well, he did last year – who knows now he is a full-on toddler. Thankfully, our first few tries suggest he still gets it.
How this pumpkin broccoli soup came to be
This pumpkin broccoli soup is pretty quick and easy to make as the vegetables don’t take long to cook. For my son, I tend to add couscous to his soup to make it that bit thicker and easier to eat, as well as filling him up more. The couscous will also take on the flavor and swell even more if put in his little thermos to take with us, as we often do. No wonder he gobbles up the yummy spoonfuls.
A delicious combination that's easy to make - great for lunch or as an appetizer.
- 1 tbsp butter 15g
- 1/2 onion diced
- 4 1/2 oz broccoli 125g - 1 stem, approx
- 10 1/2 oz pumpkin 300g, peeled weight
- 1/2 tsp thyme fresh or dried
- salt and pepper
- 1 pint light stock 480ml, chicken or vegetable
- 1/2 cup cheddar 55g, packed 1/2 cup
- 1/4 cup milk or cream
Melt butter in a pan over medium heat. Add onion and soften until translucent but not browning, around 5mins.
Meanwhile chop broccoli and pumpkin - use whole stem not just florets of broccoli - in small to medium dice. Add to pan and sweat for around 10 minutes, stirring occasionally and covering in between.
Add thyme, season with salt and pepper to taste and add stock.
Bring to boil and simmer for 5-10mins.
Take off heat and blend, easiest with hand blender or transfer in batches to blender.
Add grated cheddar and stir in, allowing the heat to melt the cheese into the soup.
Add milk or cream and serve.
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