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Baked pumpkin soup

Aug 17, 2015Posted by guestchefPrint

Recipe submitted by Emil Nel from South Africa as part of our 2015 Recipe Contest.  Thanks Emil!

Pumpkin soup

Baked Pumpkin Soup

Interesting, look impressive, tastes amazing. You bake the whole pumpkin!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Vegetables
Servings 4


  • 1,3 kg Whole pumpkin Do not peel
  • 100 gram butter
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 125 gram Dried bread crumbs
  • 2,5 ml Ground nutmeg
  • 50 grams Gruyere or Parmesan cheese Grated
  • 700 ml Chickenstock
  • 125 ml sour cream
  • Fresh Chopped parsley
  • 1 Whole Bay leave


  • Cut the top part of the pumpkin so that you create a lid. Scoop pips out. Rub inside with 15 ml melted butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Brown the chopped onion in the remaining butter until it is soft and transparent. Add the breadcrumbs stir till all the butter is absorbed. Add nutmeg and curry powder. Remove from heat, add cheese. Add this all to your clean pumpkin.
  • Fill your pumpkin three quarters full with chicken stock. Add the bay leave. Transfer pumpkin into a creased ovenproof dish. Put the pumpkin-lid on your filled pumpkin.
  • Transfer to your 200 degrees Celsius/ 392 Fahrenheit, pre-heated, wood fire oven for one and a half hours. You will feel that the pumpkin skin becomes soft and cooked. The middle part becomes loose.
  • Take off the pumpkin lid and stir in fresh cream and parsley. Remove the bay leave. To serve, scoop pumpkin with the soup into warm soup bowls.


You will impress your guests with this interesting, impressive and tasty soup. Enjoy!! This recipe is all the way from Krugersdorp, Gauteng, South Africa.
Keyword Wood-Fired Cooking, pumpkin soup, roasted pumpkin, south african cooking

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