Dreaming of cozying up with a warm, comforting bowl of soup? This recipe is a winner for flavor and for health benefits! It’s pretty darn simple, too.
This recipe calls for winter squash (known to most as “pumpkin” – not the Halloween variety here). You want to look for acorn or kabocha winter varieties.
Pumpkin is also a huge source of vitamins (check out that color!), minerals, and fiber. For an added superfood benefit, Maca root powder takes this soup up a notch. Maca is being touted for its ability to support balanced hormones and provide a natural energy/endurance boost.
This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and grain-free. It keeps well as leftovers or in the freezer for later.
Roasting the pumpkin is the preferred method of cooking as it tends to release the natural sweetness, but steaming is a great time-saving option.
Here’s the simple 4 serving recipe:
1-2 Tbsp olive/coconut oil
1 small onion chopped
4 cloves garlic chopped
1 bunch of fresh thyme (optional but adds lots of flavor)
1 small chili pepper (optional)
4 cups vegetable broth
1 cup water
3 cups cooked pumpkin (steamed or roasted)
2 tsp Maca powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon (to taste)
Black pepper (to taste)
- Heat oil in a large pot. Add in onion, garlic, & chili pepper and saute on medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Add in fresh thyme and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil.
- Remove from heat & cool slightly to prepare for blending (you don’t want it steaming hot in the blender – that’s dangerous!).
- In a blender, gradually add in pumpkin and broth, blending on low until smooth. Add maca powder and cinnamon, blend again.
- To achieve desired consistency, add in water as needed, up to 1 cup.
- Return blended soup to pot.
- Heat on low until desired temperature for serving (a few minutes).
- Top with ground black pepper and serve!
This is delicious paired with toasted bread and a salad of your choice. I love arugula/rocket with a squeeze of fresh lemon, salt & pepper, and olive oil.
Store leftovers in glass jar in the fridge for up to 3 days or freezer for up to 1 month.