Mother Earth Living

Warming Winter Supper: Winter Squash and Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Pepita Parsley Garnish

This tasty soup and its piquant garnish can be prepared in advance, using any winter squash or pumpkin.
By Susan Belsinger
November/December 2004
Add to My MSN


Content Tools

Related Content

Bread and Soup: Using Herbs in Winter

My favorite fast food during the hectic holidays? Bread and soup. In the time it would take to get d...

Grow Italian Parsley From Seed

There are many ways to use parsley in your home. Enter for a chance to win parsley seed packets.

Make Strawberry and Lavender Soup

Try this rich fruit soup with strawberry and lavender lavender from The Garden Bistro in Eureka Spri...

Grow Parsley for Your Spring Garden

Germinate your favorite parsley indoors this winter to get a head start on spring gardening. Enter f...

Winter Squash and Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Pepita Parsley Garnish 
Serves 6

This tasty soup and its piquant garnish can be prepared in advance, using any winter squash or pumpkin—even canned pumpkin in a pinch. Cayenne adds a pleasant zing.

2 to 2 1⁄2 pounds winter squash or pumpkin, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1⁄2- to 3⁄4-inch dice
2 cups water
2 bay leaves
4 cups vegetable stock
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, diced medium fine
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded, and cut into dice
About 1 tablespoon dried thyme leaves
About 1 teaspoon salt (if stock is not salted)
Freshly ground black pepper
2 dashes ground cayenne pepper

1. Simmer squash and bay leaves, covered, in a heavy-bottomed soup pot with water and stock. Reduce heat and cook at a bare simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. In a small sauté pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook another minute or so. Stir in bell pepper, crumble in thyme leaves, and stir. Transfer sautéed vegetables to the soup pot with squash. Cook over low heat, covered, for 5 to 10 minutes.

3. Purée the soup in batches in a blender or food mill. Return to the pot and season with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Heat gently, covered, for about 5 minutes. Season to taste.

4. Ladle soup into bowls and scatter about 2 teaspoons of the pepita parsley garnish over each, or pass it in a separate small bowl.

Pepita Parsley Garnish

1⁄2 cup toasted and salted hulled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
2 cloves garlic
1⁄4 to 1⁄3 cup packed Italian flat-leaf parsley
3 to 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1. Combine pumpkin seeds, garlic, and parsley leaves in food processor and pulse a few times.

2. Add 3 tablespoons of oil and pulse to blend. Scrape down the sides. If it’s very thick, add another tablespoon of oil or water. Do not overprocess—the garnish should have a little texture.








Post a comment below.

 


MY COMMUNITY
no image
HarvestRight
8/21/2014 5:22:39 PM
no image
NatureHillsNursery
8/20/2014 10:03:07 AM
no image
NatureHillsNursery
8/20/2014 9:59:22 AM
no image
NatureHillsNursery
8/20/2014 9:30:07 AM
no image
melisastarr
8/19/2014 12:57:22 PM
no image
Peggy McMahan
8/18/2014 11:29:51 AM
no image
lorina21
8/17/2014 10:16:45 PM
no image
lorina21
8/17/2014 10:15:23 PM






Subscribe today and save 58%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.