From The Case Kitchen | Pumpkin Scoop

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When hubby vowed to cook, clean and slave after me almost 20 years ago at our surprise wedding, we came together knowing only a handful of tried and true recipes between us.

 

Living in Crows Nest with what I believe were 88 restaurants just minutes from our front door, meant those first few years together were a real food odyssey. Experimenting and indulging our taste buds and foodie tendencies with a choose your own adventure aka restaurant several nights each week and sticking to what we knew worked at home.

 

When we first moved away from Sydney, it was a huge shock to discover that a lot of places in the sleepy town we were then living in didn’t stay open after 9pm. As I was continuing to work in Sydney and now commuting over an hour, it meant we actually needed to find our feet in the kitchen and by we I’m pointing the finger very sternly at hubby here.

 

If you’ve been following the blog, you will already know about our first Valentine’s Day disaster meal where hubby mistook 3 cloves of garlic for 3 whole garlics when cooking my favourite meal ‘steak diane’.

 

There was also the time, he attempted his first roast dinner and needed to phone a friend. In this case it was his mother.

 

It probably shouldn’t have shocked or offended me as much as it did when my mother-in-law (someone who still thinks a woman’s place is in the kitchen and still to this day gets up and cooks her husband breakfast each morning) gifted me the Common Sense Cookbook, all those years ago. For anyone that knows me, it will come as no surprise that I re-gifted the book to hubby soon after.

 

Knowing my track record for bad meals, it’s a wonder my own mother didn’t gift me the same recipe book.

 

Although I remember the stories of when my mother first married and she use to keep the outside lettuce leaves and throw away the inside. There was also the fact she thought you had to boil eggs for 30 minutes. While her cooking skills improved over time, there really wasn’t much time for lessons. Cooking at school covered the basics but I had other fish to fry.

 

I was rather fortunate that when I first moved out of home my younger sister was dating a chef and I picked up a signature super easy pasta dish from him. It was a variation of this dish which I cooked from ‘scratch’ that may have sealed the ‘move in with me’ deal with Mr C, with him looking on in awe after living off those packet pasta microwave meals.

 

Luckily Mr C fell in love with me and moved in before I had any real chance to show the true extent of my cooking skills. My ability to burn or ruin a good meal is probably one of the biggest reasons, the cook, clean and slave after me vow came to be (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it, those princess rumors need to stay buried).

 

Even luckier…. hubby not only loves to cook but to experiment in the kitchen.  I think the best dish he has ever served me was pancakes alaska. The worst, well that was definitely the 3 whole garlic steak diane.

 

These days with three girls that constantly need feeding (who knew) and a hubby that travels with work often, I need to cook more often than I would like. I tend to stick to quick and super easy meals. Due to my health issues and food intolerance, I also prefer meals that will suit the whole family. Even if it means setting aside my portion in its rawest form before adding to it for the rest of the family.

 

This week, I’m sharing one of my tried and tested recipes. It’s what I like to call pumpkin scoop. It really is the thickest and creamiest pumpkin soup you will ever taste without the need for cream.

 

Agent Mystery Case | Recipe | Pumpkin Scoop | From the Case Kitchen

 

 

From the Case Kitchen | Pumpkin Scoop

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: Serves 6 with leftovers

From the Case Kitchen | Pumpkin Scoop

Super easy and oh so creamy pumpkin soup without all the additives. It's what I like to call... Pumpkin Scoop!

Ingredients

  • 1 large whole pumpkin
  • 1 - 2 glasses of filtered water
  • Cracked pepper to taste
  • Spices (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven.
  2. Bake pumpkin whole, with skin on at 190 degrees for up to 2 hours depending on the size of the pumpkin.
  3. Once skin has blackened and you can put a knife easily through the flesh, pull from oven and set aside.
  4. Remove skin and scoop out flesh with a fork. Add flesh to blender with 1 cup of water. Gradually add the 2nd cup of water till you reach the required consistency. Season with cracked pepper.

Notes

I usually aim for a 2 to 3 kilo pumpkin. You don't need to use filtered water that's just my preference.

You can add spices. My favourite here is ginger.

Depending on the pumpkin and how caramalised the skin ends up you may want to blend this as well.

You can also add a bit of sour cream, cream or greek yoghurt before serving but I honestly find this soup thick and creamy enough without it.

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I’d actually forgotten how super easy and incredibly healthy this meal is. Over the years, I’ve made this more unhealthy than it needs to be, by using packet stock and low fat cream. It was only after watching That Sugar Film that I decided it was time to head back to basics and this was a great way to start.

 

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  • LydiaCLee

    That looks great!! I order delivery when I want to impress….HA!

    • LOL Lydia, I might need to start doing the same thing.

  • That sounds delicious!

  • Life Images by Jill

    this sounds like a super easy recipe. I have a delicious pumpkin soup recipe too that we love in winter and is easily done in the microwave. During the week we tend to stick with our “family” everyday type meals and maybe experiment on my day off or when we have the time to do something more interesting.

  • Caroline Raj

    Yummm! This looks great and perfect timing for winter (or in Melbourne it is already getting pretty dreary and cold). You made me laugh out loud with your 3 whole bulbs of garlic – so funny! It is totally what I would do and I have to admit I constantly call my mother for cooking advice!

    • Yes well steak diane is no longer my favourite meal after that disaster.

  • Oh this looks amazing! Love pumpkin soup and this easy method sounds the business. I’ll definitely give it a go this winter.

    My go-to is good old spaghetti bolognese, as detailed here: http://www.almostposh.com/2015/02/ready-steady-spaghetti.html and as consumed for dinner last night and lunch today 🙂

    My other impressive go-to is a roast chicken meal, so easy. Split chicken from Coles or Woolies on my big cast metal tray surrounded by potatoes, carrots, onion and in the oven at 180 degrees for an hour. Looks like effort, tastes amazing, so easy.

    • Heading over to check your recipe out now. With hubby away, I’m needing all the help I can get. Also love the sound of your split chicken.

  • Kirsty @ My Home Truths

    Yummo. And simple enough for me to give this a go – thanks so much for sharing!!!!

    • I’m queen of keeping it simple in the kitchen. The only thing that would make this better, if I grew the pumpkins myself but as I don’t have anything that resembles a green thumb it just isn’t going to happen. My mother on the other hand who isn’t too far from you has super sized pumpkins this year.

  • Everyday Aimee

    Oh that looks so good! adding this one to my ‘must cook’ list!

  • TeganMC

    Yum! Love that it is so easy. I love pumpkin soup but hate having to chop up the pumpkin.

    • My pet peeve about cooking pumpkin soup as well. This one you just scoop the flesh out. It’s super easy.

  • Alicia-OneMotherHen

    This would be so flavourful!
    I made a pretty wicked roast lamb a couple of days ago. Marinated with fennel seeds and paprika, then brushed with quince paste near the end. I’ve made it a couple of times and I love it.

    • It tastes divine. Roasting the pumpkin whole first really adds a new dimension.

      I haven’t cooked a roast lamb in years. Your recipe sounds like it’s definitely worth casing.

  • This is genius. Next time I get a whole pumpkin, I’m totally going to give this a try!

    • Let me now how you find it when you do try this. So simple it’s almost too good to be true.

  • vegeTARAian

    Nice one, this sounds fool proof!

  • Vanessa Connor

    I agree with Tegan. I HATE chopping pumpkin. This sounds like a really great alternative. Thanks!

    • Me three. Chopping pumpkins is a lot of hard work.

  • Jess @ alittlepartoftheworld

    How cool is this!! and so easy. Perfect!! Jx

    • Thanks Jess, I like to keep things pretty simple if I’m cooking.

  • Hubby does an awesome sizzling steak and veges combo on the BBQ, we have special cast iron sizzle plates and everything and it comes out sizzling and spitting just like at Sizzler! V. impressive but dead easy to make 🙂

  • Sounds easy enough for me to make! Perfect for the cooler weather coming up!

  • Delicious! I have a beautiful butternut pumpkin in the kitchen waiting for this! Unfortunately my hubby rotates between a few meals which include steak and veg, toasted sandwiches and tuna mornay.

  • Neda B

    Wow how healthy! Nice to see a pumpkin soup without dollops of cream…not that I have anything against cream XD

    • I know. It would probably be even nicer with the cream but I just can’t stomach it.

  • This soup looks yummy and healthy and looks easy enough for me to try (still not the best of cooks) Will bookmark definitely for this Winter

    • Thanks Dianne, let me know how you find it when you do.

  • I love pumpkin soup. I also make a roast one but often add carrot as well and roast garlic too. I also just do it using boiled pumpkin. I like making lasagne but hate that is is almost like cooking two meals. Mr Sparky has a few interesting recipes up his sleeve that are fast but he likes pretty simple food so we eat simply.

    • I sometimes add carrot and sweet potato. Haven’t added garlic. I might need to try that next. I like to keep things pretty simple as well.

  • I love how simple this is, and healthy. I can see how you won him over with this. 😉 #FFF

    • LOL, he actually isn’t fond of pumpkin soup.This is something I’ve created when I had to go gluten and preservative free. The meal that won him over was a pasta dish full of cream and cheese. Two of his favourite things. Pretty sure that meal would kill me these days. I still occasionally make it for the rest of the family though.

  • My Italian MIL makes it just this same way and it is LOVED by all three children. Big win! x

    • Ohh an Italian MIL, I can only imagine the food that is served up at family get togethers. I was just thinking about you Maxabella, looking for your email address. Hoping you might agree to be one of our next Worth Casing featured bloggers. Can you drop me an email (ms.mystery.case@gmail.com) when you get the chance. 🙂