Pumpkin and orange might seem like a weird combination, but in fact, they go together beautifully. With Halloween quickly approaching there will be an abundance of pumpkins, so it's a good idea to start thinking about what to do with them. Why not try this creamy vegan soup? The base is pumpkin, carrot and some fresh orange juice that will give the mix a citric but sweeter edge, full of Vitamin C.
Whether it’s a cold to get over or warming up on a damp day, this amber-colored soup will bring some warmth to your body and brighten up you day. Kids will love helping with the cooking, as it is easy and they can help with the mashing. Remember to make more than you need, so you can slurp through this sweet orange soup during the next few days.
1. Gather the ingredients
- 1 medium sized pumpkin
- 1 large carrot (or 2 small ones)
- 1 orange
- 1 tbsp of grated ginger
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 spoonfuls of olive oil
- a pinch of marine salt and pepper
- parsley, nuts and orange peels for decoration/garnish
2. Slice the carrot
Wash and slice the carrot into small pieces. Don’t bother peeling it if it’s organic.
3. Steam the pumpkin and carrot
Wash, peel and cut the pumpkin into small chunks. Steam together with the carrot slices. You could also boil it, but we prefer steaming as it saves up flavor, time, energy and also nutrients.
Take the pumpkin and carrot chunks, place in a bowl and mash together.
5. Chop the garlic
Chop the garlic into small chunks, but don’t worry too much as it will all go into the blender.
6. Grate the ginger
Grate some ginger to give the soup a strong fragrant aroma. If you don’t want the skin, just peel it with a spoon.
7. Grate then squeeze the orange
First grate the orange, this will be a delicious scented decoration once the soup is ready. Then cut it in half and squeeze it in.
8. Mix mix mix
Mix all the ingredients, the pumpkin, the carrot, the garlic and the grated ginger. Add the orange juice, a dash of olive oil, some salt and pepper. For a creamier texture try blending it or add cashew nuts, or any other seeds cream or milk.
Decorate with the scented orange peels, any nuts you have at home and some fresh green parsley.
Photos by Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitots