MoFo #16: Pumpkin soup with pumpkin seed-mint pesto

19 Oct

More pumpkin and more Sunset recipes!  This one is featured on the front of the this month’s issue and immediately drew my eye.

This time I tried out a sugar pie pumpkin.  It has a nice mild, sweet taste and a smooth texture.  The actual recipe’s pretty simple: saute up some onion, garlic, fresh ginger, and coriander.  Add some pumpkin, stock, salt, pepper and simmer till soft.  I pureed everything at the end and added some soy milk powder for creaminess.

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The mint pesto was really cool and really tasty!  I was actually going to pass over this recipe until I saw Urban Vegan’s MoFo post about various pestos and their uses.   I didn’t mortar and pestle it all like the recipe says….the food processor is much easier but the pesto isn’t quite as pretty.

So what’s the verdict?  Honestly, I think the soup was pretty bland and needed way more spice.  I ended up mixing in a lot of the pesto to add flavor.  The mint was a pretty neat complement for the pumpkin along with the crunch from the pepitas.  I don’t know about the coriander.  I couldn’t really taste it.  I think the ginger was a good call and added more.  Curry powder would actually taste really good in this.  Next time I will try that.  So…overall it came out pretty and was fun to make but the recipe could use a little inspiration.  But YAY for more vegan-friendly recipes in Sunset!

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6 Responses to “MoFo #16: Pumpkin soup with pumpkin seed-mint pesto”

  1. coldandsleepy October 20, 2011 at 6:08 am #

    Aw… too bad it came out bland, it really is very lovely!

  2. Micah Ludeke October 22, 2011 at 2:01 am #

    Holy buckets, it LOOKS gorgeous, even if it wasn’t actually exciting. The mint pesto sounds amazing!

  3. Carrie October 22, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    It looks so fancy schmancy!

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