This pumpkin soup recipe is one of many delicious pumpkin recipes that have been served throughout the world. In Haiti every January 1st it is served as a symbol of independence and unity. While enslaved the French colonists were the only ones allowed to consume the soup. It was a forbidden food for any Haitian. Once freed, a huge pot of pumpkin soup was made and shared amongst all.
Though the Haitian version of pumpkin soup calls for slightly different ingredients, here's a simple recipe that you can make anytime of the year and reflect on its symbolism especially if served as a compliment to our own traditional Thanksgiving Day meal. You can replace the canned with fresh pumpkin using the directions here.
6 cups chicken broth
1 to 2 (16 oz.) cans solid-pack pumpkin
1 cup onion, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup whipping cream, warmed
Fresh parsley (optional)
1. In a covered saucepan, heat all ingredients except cream to boiling.
2. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered 20 minutes. Stir warm cream into soup.
3. Garnish with parsley and serve from a hollowed-out pumpkin which as been warmed for 20 minutes in 350 degree F oven.