When I told my friend Bev I was making a pot of hearty pumpkin and potato soup to aid her recovery from foot surgery, she didn't exactly jump for joy. Okay, maybe the swollen foot restrained her, but I think it was something more. I think it was unbridled skepticism, an unqualified "oh" that hung in the air while I tried to convince her to have faith, that pumpkin and potato together would be wonderful. As it turned out, I was right, of course. Bev loved the soup, sweet from carrots, packed with the healing power of ginger, and now that she's back on her feet, I'm sending this recipe out for her so she can make the soup again.
Vegan pumpkin and potato soup with carrots and curry spices
2 medium red-skinned potatoes, roughly chopped
1 large carrot, trimmed, roughly chopped
1 cup canned pumpkin pureé
1 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp ginger paste or minced fresh ginger root
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp sweet or hot curry powder
1/4 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp fresh black pepper
3 cups vegetable broth
1 Tbsp agave nectar
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Sriracha sauce (optional)
In a 3-quart saucepan, add the potato and carrot chunks, and water to just cover. Bring to a boil, and cook until the vegetables are very tender. Drain the water, return the potatoes and carrots to the pot, and mash roughly with a potato masher or the underside of a ladle. (I like to leave big rustic chunks of vegetable in the soup.)
Add pumpkin, onion, garlic, ginger paste, spices and vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, stirring to distribute the ingredients in the liquid. Reduce heat to simmer, and cook for 10 minutes.
Stir in the agave nectar and lemon juice. Taste, and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, if needed. At this point, if you wish, squirt in a few drops of Sriracha sauce (entirely optional, but you know I did it).
More soup recipes to make when you've bought a big bag of potatoes:
Roasted cauliflower and potato soup, from The Perfect Pantry
Smashed potato and leek soup with bacon and thyme, from The Perfect Pantry
Curried potato and vegetable soup, from Simply Recipes
Moroccan chickpea and potato soup, from The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen
South Indian potato curry, from Kayotic Kitchen
Smashed potatoes with curry sauce, from White on Rice Couple
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