AT A GLANCE
Pumpkin soup is a winter classic. In this version we roast the pumpkin first to draw out the sweetness and add depth of flavour. Kent pumpkin, also known as Jap, has a deep orange colour, giving a vibrant result, while parmesan and chickpeas add texture and seasoning. Start this recipe a day ahead to soak the chickpeas.
|01||Preheat oven to 200C. Combine pumpkin, chillies and oregano in a large roasting pan. Drizzle with a third of the oil, season to taste, toss to coat and roast, turning occasionally, until pumpkin is very tender and caramelised (1-1¼ hours).|
|02||Meanwhile, drain chickpeas and place in a large saucepan, cover with cold water, bring to the boil, then simmer uncovered over medium heat until chickpeas are very tender (45-55 minutes). Drain, reserving 1 litre cooking liquid, and set aside.|
|03||Heat remaining oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, add shallots and garlic, and sauté over low heat until tender (12-15 minutes). Add stock and bring to the boil, then add pumpkin and chickpeas, and coarsely crush with a spoon. Add reserved chickpea liquid to achieve a chunky soup consistency, season to taste and serve topped with parmesan, crème fraîche and black pepper.|
A RICH OLOROSO SHERRY. , suggested by MAX ALLEN