Spicy pumpkin soup with croutons

Spicy pumpkin soup with croutons

Scandinavian Comfort Food
Columbus Leth

Every Wednesday a box of organic vegetables arrives on my doorstep from a local company called Aarstiderne, which means “season”. I love my box scheme. I am always so excited about it that I forget I actually pay for it; it seems like a gift. From September for a few weeks there is always a pumpkin in my box, so I have to come up with pumpkin recipes every week. Autumn is also the season for soup, and this is one of the classics.


Quantity Ingredient
1-2 pumpkins
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 large onion, chopped
75g fresh ginger, finely grated
1 red chilli, finely chopped
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 litre vegetable stock
400ml coconut milk
1/2-1 lime, juiced
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 slices bread, cut into cubes
fresh coriander or parsley


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Cut the pumpkin into chunks and place in an ovenproof dish with the garlic, onion, ginger, chilli, cumin and coriander seeds and olive oil, and mix well. Bake in the oven for 1 hour.
  3. Remove the dish from the oven and transfer the pumpkin mixture to a saucepan together with the vegetable stock. Bring to the boil then let it simmer for 15 minutes. Add the coconut milk and blend the soup until smooth, adding more water if the soup is too thick – it will vary depending on the water content in the pumpkin. Bring gently to the boil again and season to taste with lime juice, salt and pepper.
  4. Just before serving, heat the extra virgin olive oil in a frying pan, add the bread cubes and fry for a few minutes until golden brown, take off the heat and sprinkle with a little salt. Serve the soup with the croutons and the coriander (cilantro) or parsley sprinkled over.
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