German Pumpkin Soup Recipe - KÜRBISSUPPE

German Pumpkin Soup Recipe - KÜRBISSUPPE

When fall rolls around in Germany, it is common to see pumpkins being used for festive decor and in recipes. But did you know that unlike here in the United States, where pumpkin pie is the pumpkin recipe that reigns supreme, that's not the case in Germany. Instead, pumpkins are used in savory and hearty dishes, such as this creamy pumpkin soup recipe!

Fun fact: The word Kürbis in German has two meanings - it refers to squash, and it also refers to a specific type of squash, the pumpkin! Now, let's make this German soup!

  • 2 Small pumpkins
  • Pinch of salt 
  • Olive Oil - 1/4 cup
  • Salt - 1 tsp plus extra for sprinkling
  • Sugar - 2 tbsp
  • 1 Large onion
  • 2 Large potatoes
  • 3 Large carrots
  • Coriander - 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic - 3 cloves
  • Ginger - 1 small root
  • 1 leek
  • 1 large tomato
  • Water - 4 cups
  • Bouillon Cubes - 2
  • Paprika - 2 tsp
  • Clove heads - 3 pieces
  • Cayenne Pepper - 1/8 tsp
  • fresh parsley

    Step 1

    Scooping pumpkin seeds out of pumpkin

    Pre-heat your oven at 400° F. Wash your pumpkin, then cut the top off and place it to the side. Scoop out and discard the seeds and pulp.  

    Step 2

    Brushing the inside of the pumpkin with oil

    Take a baking pan and line it with foil. Place your pumpkin and pumpkin top on the foil, and sprinkle with a dash of salt. Brush the inside and cut edge of your pumpkin with olive oil. Place in the pre-heated oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the flesh is tender.

    Step 3

    Mixing pumpkin, onion, carrots and potatoes into a large pot

    Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a large cooking pan. Add 1 large chopped onion and sauté for about 10 minutes, or until the onion is nearly transparent. Next, add 1 small pumpkin (peeled and cut into cubes), 2 large potatoes (peeled and cut into cubes), 3 large carrots (finely diced), and half a teaspoon of coriander. Mix the ingredients together, cover your pan, and cook for 20 minutes on medium low, stirring occasionally. 

    Step 4

    Adding tomato, garlic, leek and ginger root to large pot

    Once your vegetables are soft, add three cloves of finely diced garlic, one finely diced small ginger root, one diced leek, and one large diced tomato. Stir your ingredients then add four cups of water, two crushed bouillon cubes, two teaspoons paprika, three pieces of clover heads, and 1/8th teaspoon cayenne pepper. Stir the ingredients together, cover the pan, and let simmer for another 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

    Step 5

    Blended ingredients into a soup bowl

    Remove your pan from the stovetop and pour your ingredients into a blender. Blend until pureed into a soup. Pour your soup from the blender into your baked pumpkin shell. Top with fresh parsley and enjoy! German soup complete!

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