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Pumpkin, saffron & orange soup with caramelised pumpkin seeds

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2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, finely diced
550g pumpkin flesh, cut into 2cm cubes
2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
1 tsp saffron fronds
1 litre water or vegetable stock
2 tsp grated orange zest
6 tbsp crème fraîche
Salt and white pepper

For the pumpkin seeds:
1 tbsp sunflower oil
60g pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp golden (or maple syrup) syrup
½ tbsp soft brown sugar
½ tsp salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 big pinch cayenne pepper

Serves six


First prepare the seeds. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Line an oven tray with greaseproof paper and brush with sunflower oil. Put the pumpkin seeds in a bowl with all the other ingredients, spread over the tray and bake for 12-15 minutes, stirring a few times, until a nice, golden colour. Leave to cool down.
Heat the oil in a heavy-based saucepan, add the onion, season and sauté over high heat for a minute, stirring all the time. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft, sweet and golden brown, but not very dark.
Add the pumpkin, carrot and saffron, pour in water or stock to cover the vegetables and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes, until the pumpkin and carrots are almost tender. Add the orange zest and simmer for five minutes longer. When the vegetables are thoroughly cooked, blitz the soup with a hand blender or liquidiser - you want it with a bit of texture, not too smooth. Add extra water or stock if it is too thick. Season to taste.
Serve in shallow bowls with a dollop of crème fraîche and a sprinkling of the caramelised seeds.

Perfect with

  1. Quebec maple syrup

    Quebec maple syrup


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  • Recipes Perfect use of neighbours Presents
    (18/11/2014) I live in France and was given two potimarrons, like a cross between a pumpkin and a butternut squash. Risked trying out the soup on neighbours, one French, the other American. The French don't like their pumpkin soup messed with and I was a little nervous. My French teacher raised her eyebrows at the thought of crème Fracine.
    The soup was a massive success, the crunchy but sweet seeds were superb and lifted the soup to another level.
    Thank you Yotam, I will make it again this weekend as a donation at another Fête.
  • Recipes beautiful flavours with an added crunch
    (23/01/2014) this recipe is a staple for cold winter days - i love pumpkin and the use of saffron and orange work perfectly with it. the pumpkin seeds also add something special - they can also be swapped with pine nuts to give a richer, nuttier flavour.
  • Recipes Pumpkinsoup? Again? Yes! Again!
    (04/11/2013) Try the taste of pumkin by boiling some. Blend it. Add salt and taste it... Nothing!

    Pumpkin comes alive when you add flavours. Somehow it multiplies the taste of other ingredients. That's the magic of pumpkin. But in many recipes to much is added. In this recipe it's different. There's not to much spice, no ail for example. But the character of the added ingredients, and the careful preparation of the onion (sauté, season and cook) adds tate as if it's new extra spice. The orange zest's slightly bitter and yet fresh citrus taste is delicious in combination with pumpkin. The caramelised taste of the seeds and the small island of creme fraiche tops it of!