Confit pumpkin and chestnut soup

Pumpkin and chestnuts soup

Fall rimes with pumpkin and chestnuts. And the Halloween star is also a cooking favorite. Sweet or savory, it is delightful. As the cold is back, this soup recipe is very comforting. Hope you’ll enjoy it!

Confit pumpkin and chestnut soup

Ingredients

  • 1kg/2,5lb pumpkin
  • 450g/1lb pre-cooked chestnut
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg powder
  • cream
  • roasted squash seeds

Pumkin and chestnuts soup top

Directions

Preheat the oven to 150°C/350°F.

Remove the pumpkin skin if necessary (you don’t need to if it’s young and organic). Cut the pumpkin in half. Take the seeds out. Cut in thin slices. Peel and slice the garlic. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the pumpkin slices on it and insert the garlic. Spray the olive oil. Cook for 40 minutes, turning the pumpkin over halfway through.

Boil 1 liter/US liquid quart of water. In a bowl, mix the pumpkin, garlic, chestnuts and boiling water. Season with salt, pepper and a pinch of nutmeg powder.

Serve with a teaspoon of cream on top and sprinkle some roasted squash seeds.

Cold melon and mint soup

Melon soup

One of my favorite thing about cooking is mixing the flavours. When it comes to Canteloupe melon, I usually associate it with Porto and cured ham. For this cold soup, I wanted something refreshing and sweet. Mint and cucumber just bring a touch of freshness while the yogurt makes the texture smooth. Add a pinch of spices for the twist.

Ingredients (4 persons):

  • 2 Cantaloupe melons, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 20 mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons of yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon four spices (white pepper, cloves, nutmeg and ginger)
  • 1 pinch espelette or cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch salt

Directions:

  1. In a blender, mix all the ingredients until smooth. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
  2. Divide soup among 4 bowls. Garnish each serving with sliced cucumber and mint.

Optional : top the soup with 2 or 3 pieces of homemade crispy cured ham

How to make crispy cured ham:

Preheat the oven at 200°C/390°F.
Cover the grill with parchment paper. Place the ham on it.
Cook for 10-15 minutes.