I love pumpkin season, and whenever pumpkins start appearing at the Farmer’s Market and grocery stores I am always tempted to bring some home with me. For me, pumpkins are like the puppies of the vegetable kingdom- I just can’t resist them! When I first started bringing pumpkins home, I didn’t quite know what to do with them. I started by making gluten-free pumpkin pies from scratch, which I enjoyed. But according to Cook’s Illustrated and other experts, apparently homemade pumpkin puree doesn’t make that much difference to the final pie, so I wondered if it was worth the effort. So, I moved on… I tried pumpkin ravioli (yummy), pumpkin lasagna (also yummy), and even grilled pumpkin. Recently, I came up with a hypo-allergenic pumpkin kabocha soup that captures the joys of the season perfectly, even if you are on a very restricted allergy diet.
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Dairy, Nut, soy free pumpkin kabocha soup recipe
1 small kabocha squash (Japanese pumpkin)
1 small pie pumpkin (American)
1-2 tbsp. olive oil
2 leeks, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 celery stick, chopped
2 cups gluten-free vegetable broth (from bullion, fresh, or carton)
3-5 cups water as needed
Heat oven to 425F. Cut kabocha and pumpkin in half and scoop out seeds. Cut once more so they are cut into fourths. Place cut side down on a large baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, checking and turning at that point if they aren’t thoroughly baked. Put back in oven again for another 15 minutes, check. Put in for another 15 minutes if needed or leave out to cool. When cool enough to handle, remove skin and chop.
Heat olive oil in large stock pan on medium and sautee leeks. As they soften, add carrot and celery. Sautee and then add your vegetable broth. Let simmer for 10 minutes or so and then add your chopped, cooked kabocha and pumpkin. Add water to cover and let simmer for another 10 minutes or longer if desired. Add seasonings (poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, and paprika) and simmer for another ten mintues, adding any extra water you need. Taste liquid and add more seasonings if you like. When pumpkin and kabocha is thoroughly softened, blend soup with an immersion blender until you have a nice, thick, creamy consistency. Enjoy!