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Pumpkin Soup with Pumpkin Seed-Mint Pesto

Photo: Annabelle Breakey
Total time 50 mins
Yield Serves 4 or 5
Not quite enough pumpkin for you? Serve it in Mini Pumpkin Bowls.

Ingredients

  • SOUP
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 4 1/2 cups peeled, 1-in. chunks pumpkin or other orange-fleshed squash (from a 2 1/2-lb. squash)
  • 4 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • PESTO
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves, plus slivered leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup salted roasted pumpkin seeds

Nutrition Information

  • calories 263
  • caloriesfromfat 70 %
  • protein 8.3 g
  • fat 21 g
  • satfat 3.4 g
  • carbohydrate 13 g
  • fiber 2.6 g
  • sodium 406 mg
  • cholesterol 23 mg

How to Make It

  1. Make soup: Sauté onion and ginger in oil in a medium pot over medium-high heat until golden, 5 minutes. Add garlic and coriander and cook until softened, 1 minute, then add pumpkin, broth, salt, and pepper. Simmer, covered, until pumpkin is very tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Purée in batches in a blender until very smooth.

  2. Make pesto: Pound garlic, whole mint leaves, salt, and 1 tbsp. oil in a mortar into a coarse paste (or use a food processor). Add remaining oil and pumpkin seeds and pound until coarsely crushed.

  3. Drop small spoonfuls of pesto over bowls of soup, garnish with slivered mint, and serve remaining pesto on the side.

  4. Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1 1/2-cup serving.