Butternut (my favourite pumpkin variety) is in season during the colder months, so it’s made it’s way into lots of warming meals, like this pumpkin soup!
Roasting your veggies first before blitzing into a soup creates a much more flavourful outcome than simply boiling, and brings out the amazing sweetness in those root veggies. The maple syrup helps the vegetables caramelise in the oven, for even more flavour. Instead of the haloumi, you can use little cubes of chorizo or crispy bacon if you like, or nothing at all, this pumpkin soup is delicious as is!
This soup is extra delicious with my kumara bread on the side for dipping.
- butternut or pumpkin 1.2kg, peeled and cut into 3cm chunks
- red onion 1, cut into 2cm wedges
- garlic ½ small bulb (cut the bulb of garlic in half horizontally)
- maple syrup 1 ½ tablespoons
- olive oil 1 ½ tablespoons
- ground cumin 1 teaspoon
- thyme leaves 1 ½ teaspoons
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- hot chicken stock 1 ½ - 2 cups
- lemon juice 2-3 tablespoons
- haloumi cheese 100g, cut into 1cm-thick slices
- red chilli ½, finely chopped
- mint leaves 2 tablespoons sliced
- natural thick greek yoghurt ¼ cup
- flat-leaf parsley or coriander (cilantro) finely chopped
Preheat oven to 220°C/430 Fahrenheit. Line an oven tray with baking paper.
- Toss butternut, onion and garlic with maple syrup, olive oil, ground cumin and thyme leaves. Season well with salt and pepper and roast for 40-45 minutes or until butternut and onion is soft and caramelised.
- Transfer roast butternut and onion to a blender. Squeeze out 2-3 cloves of the roast garlic and add to the blender. Pour in 1 ½ – 2 cups of chicken stock and blend until smooth. Add more chicken stock if needed, until you get the consistency you want. Season to taste with lemon juice, salt and pepper.
- Heat a drizzle of oil in a fry pan on medium heat and cook haloumi for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown. Chop haloumi into cubes and toss with chilli and mint.
- To serve, ladle into bowls, or re-heat in a pot on the stovetop if needed. Serve with a good dollop of natural yoghurt, and the haloumi with mint and chilli on the top.