Monday, October 6, 2014
MTR #3 - Pumpkin Carrot Apple Soup with Meatballs
This is a very simple pumpkin soup that I made on Sunday night. As we came home pretty late, and the kids were super hungry, I quickly snapped 1 or 2 fotos and served the soup immediately without delay so that they could eat and go to sleep. It is now already autumn and since my kitchen is always very dark, the few fotos I took turned out to be very dark and blur, hehehe. From now onwards all my photos will look like this due to the lack of day light in my kitchen, so please bear with me! :(
This is a recipe I happened to see on a malaysian website. It is what I consider a western soup with an oriental touch. What is very unique about this pumpkin soup which sets it apart from other pumpkin soups is that, it not only contains pumpkin, carrot and onion, it also contains ginger and apple! The apple gave it a tinge of sweetness and the ginger gave it a tinge of spiciness. A very wholesome soup with loads of vitamines and minerals!
I made some modifications such as adding some meatballs so that I don't have to spend extra time to make a meat dish separately. It was already 4pm when we arrived home after spending the whole afternoon touring a factory nearby (it was Open Bedrijvendag or Open House for companies in Belgium). So there was little time to dilly-dally, luckily I managed to cook up this pumpkin meatball soup within an hour. We ate this soup together with our regular wholemeal bread from the bakery, a very light and healthy dinner for all of us. My 2 older kids loved the meatballs and kept asking for more!
Recipe adapted from here.
400g pumpkin, peeled, seeded and chopped
100g carrot, peeled and chopped (about 1 big carrot)
1 big red apple, peeled, cored and chopped
100g onion, peeled and chopped (about 1 medium onion)
1 clove garlic, crushed
3 thin slices ginger
1 tsp dried mixed herbs (I used 1/4 tsp each of rosemary, thyme, basilicum and oregano)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
700ml water or chicken stock
100ml whipping cream
freshly ground black pepper
400g minced meat, rolled into small meatballs (I used frozen meatballs from supermart)
salt and pepper to taste (I used 3/4 tsp of fine sea salt)
1 tsp chicken stock granules or to taste (I used 3/4 tsp)
1-2 tbsp finely chopped chives (omitted)
1. Heat butter and olive oil in a deep saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and ginger. Sauté gently until onion turns soft. (I used a wok to stir-fry)
2. Add chopped pumpkin, carrot, apple, and mixed herbs. Stir–fry well. Increase the heat and bring to a boil. (After boiling, I transfer it to a stainless steel soup pot for it to simmer in the next step.)
3. Pour in half the water or chicken stock. Cover and leave to cook on very low heat for about 1/2 hour, stirring occasionally until pumpkin is soft.
4. Pour the soup into a food processor or blender. Add a ladle or two of the stock. Process to a smooth puree.
5. Return the puree to the pot and add remaining stock. Add small meatballs into the soup. Bring to a gentle boil. Add cream and adjust seasoning to taste. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and it is ready to be served.
6. Ladle into warm soup bowls and garnish with a little chopped chives (optional).
Useful tip: To make the minced meat into meatballs without spending too much time and dirtying your hands, you can place the minced meat in a piping bag, cut a hole at the edge of the piping bag, and squeeze the minced meat out, then use a pair of scissors to cut the meat into meatballs and let them drop into the soup as you cut. With this method, you can easily make meatballs and drop them into the soup within 2 minutes!
Btw, the theme for My Treasured Recipes MTR #3 in Oct and Nov is Taste of Autumn. You are welcome to post any fruits and veggies harvested in Autumn from 1 Oct to 30 Nov 2014 and link to us. For more info, please refer to this link - http://everybodyeatswell.blogspot.be/2014/10/mtr-3-taste-of-autumn-fruits-and.html
I am submitting this post to "My Treasured Recipes #3 - Taste of Autumn (Oct/Nov 2014)" hosted by myself, Miss B of Everybody Eats Well in Flanders and co-hosted by Charmaine of Mimi Bakery House
Also linking this to Little Thumbs Up (Oct 2014 Event: PUMPKIN) organised by Zoe (Bake for Happy Kids) and Mui Mui (My Little Favourite DIY) and hosted by Eileen (Eileen's Diary).