Baked Pumpkin Soup Bowl
Did you know that colonists used to make soup by baking broth and ingredients inside whole, deseeded pumpkins? No? You just thought I like making Pinterest-y looking food? Well you can brush up on your colonial baking knowledge here before passing future judgments (knowledge is power) and try my baked pumpkin soup bowl recipe below. It’s super easy and looks beautiful, plus it’ll give you a chance to spit some food history facts and eat a pumpkin from the inside out. What is calories.
*Don’t fear the baking pumpkin. They tend to just be smaller than carving pumpkins. Usually markets will have them labeled, but when in doubt, always feel free to ask. Even if you goof troop and get a carving pumpkin, the recipe can still work (but that’s our secret).
Makes two baked pumpkin bowls
- 2 whole baking pumpkins, ~4lbs, rinsed
- 4 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 apple, peeled, cored, diced
- 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 4 ounces goat cheese
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
- Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Cut a lid out of the top of the pumpkin by carefully cutting around the stem. Make the lid large enough to be able to scoop out of. Remove seeds and pulp with a large spoon and save for a separate use (I recommend cleaning and roasting the seeds, or using the pulp to make a risotto).
- Brush the pumpkin and lid with oil and place on lined baking sheet.
- In each of the pumpkins, please butter, onion, salt, garlic, apples, broth and cream. Bake with pumpkin lid on top for 1.5 hours.
- Take lid off to add goat cheese and thyme, and bake for 30 more minutes uncovered.
- Remove uncovered pumpkins from oven. Scoop a bit of the pumpkin meat into the soup mixture.
- Blend the soup mixture within the pumpkin by either inserting an immersion blender or scooping mixture into a blender.
Pierce Lydon, singer of badass punk band CUTTERS, tried it out. Listen to Pierce’s music while you cook this one on your own!
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