Pumpkin & Pear Soup with Chives Recipe

It's another soup but I really had to give this a try.  After a long day of work, there is nothing better than coming home and in a short time you can prepare a delicious cream soup, very nutritious and combining vegetables with fruits that is ideal for these cold days; nutritious, aromatic and easy to prepare. The cumin  can be adapted to your taste or availability.

Gather everyone around the table and savour this comforting soup that will warm your heart, no matter how the weather is outside.

Prep Time
: 30 mins
Cook Time: 20-30 mins
Serves: 4

2kg pumpkin/butternut squash
4 large pears
40g butter
2 onions, chopped
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 litre vegetable stock
80ml cream
fresh chives (optional)

1. With an apple corer, small knife or spoon, core the pears removing the seeds but trying to keep as much of pear intact as possible. Peel the pears and chop into small pieces. Peel the pumpkin and chop into small chunks.

2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan, add the onion and cook over low heat for 5 minutes, or until soft.

3. Add the cumin seeds and cook for another minute and then add the pumpkin and pear chunks with the vegetable stock,  Increase the heat and bring to the boil, the reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes or until the the pumpkin and pears are soft.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.

4. Blend in batches until smooth. Return to a cleaned pan and stir in the the cream and simmer until warmed through and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

5. Drizzle with some more cream and serve with a scattering of fresh chives, if desired.