Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Roasted Pumpkin and Chickpea Soup



This is another pureed soup that you will definitely love. You can prepare this ahead of time and serve it the following day. They is a healthy soup but with a little indulgence from the cream and the bacon. You can omit them but it will never be the same. However, you can serve this with Greek yogurt (with chopped rosemary) which is also fantastic and garnish with chopped fresh parsley for freshness.



I would love to make this soup with butternut squash instead of pumpkin. Although I heard that butternut squash are grown here, they are still hard to find. They are not found in common areas like the place I usually go to. But this soup is good even with pumpkin. Pumpkin along with the other winter squash is high in beta-carotene, the antioxidant nutrient that lowers cancer risk. It is also high in fiber which is useful in easing food through the intestines and helping clear waste.



I love using dried chickpeas because they are superior in flavor than canned chickpeas. Some of the skins are just falling apart after I cook them. So, I save one cup of peeled chickpeas and puree the rest without the need to remove the skin. They do add texture and consistency to the soup. Chickpeas are one of the legumes which are high in zinc, an immune booster that helps ward off colds.



Roasted pumpkins are really delicious. You can just scoop them out onto a bowl, serve with a dollop of yogurt and honey with a little of salt and dive in. The simplest things are sometimes the best things in the world. And the aroma of roasted pumpkin is just pure bliss.



Although not necessary to make, the whipped and frozen cream will melt into the soup slowly and that’s how you want it so the soup stays hot longer. And, the bacon adds another layer of texture.


I was making this soup in the middle of the heat this afternoon. I thought summer is over. But when the sun shines in the Philippines, it’s really hot. But with the unpredictable weather here, you’ll never know when it’s going to rain. And it did. The clouds covered the sky and it started to rain. So, I guess that soup is meant to be served tonight.

This soup is quite filling. So, if you ate too much the other day, you can have this soup along with this wonderful Orange and Watercress Salad and you're set for the night.

This Roasted Pumpkin and Chickpea Soup is found at Rouxbe Online Cooking School (Rouxbe Certified). Just click on the print friendly button to print. Remember to visit their Homemade Soup Recipes collection. Their Thai Coconut Squash Soup is fantastic. Enjoy.

33 comments:

  1. Now I understand why you were whipping! Lovely soup. And it will be more bacon and cream for me :)

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  2. I absolutely love soups with roasted vegetables I think roasting the vegetable intensify all the flavors. Your pictures are stunning. It looks very yummy.

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  3. that's such a wholesome soup. My children will love that very much....with bread. Awesome pictures!

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  4. very colorful soup, unforunately summer has taken an exit here in the states and it's been cooler. This soup is just exactly what I need to warm up during the evenings.

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  5. OMG - I wanted to stick my spoon right through the monitor, it looked so good! How inspiring...love it. thanks

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  6. What an original recipe! The frozen whipped cream is a wonderful addition.

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  7. Nice recipe...I will sub the pumpkin with something else-but the recepi sounds delish :)

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  8. This could be worth a try. Not only does it have chickpeas, bacon and cream, but the great photos just scream 'eat me!'. Thanks for the recipe.

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  9. Great combo of pumpkin and chickpeas! It looks delicious!

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  10. The picture is gorgeous! I love the idea of yogurt and chopped parsley on it. I'll certainly try this when the pumpkin season starts here.

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  11. Gorgeous soup! So bright and sunny and a great combo of flavors too.

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  12. Stunning pictures - also a contender for our Week 4 "Keep it Local" mean, I think, if I can find all local stuff....

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  13. I am SO making this soup! Yum.

    Diane

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  14. OMG! Your picture on FoodBuzz just drew my to your blog. Loved it - it's beautiful and vibrant. I'm a newbie food blogger and just discovered you blog. I'm going to add you to my blog roll. :)

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  15. Thanks for all your comments about the soup. Hope you try it.

    @ Shwetha - thank you and thank you for adding me on your blog roll. Very much appreciated. :)

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  16. Lovely soup Divina! I like the addition of bacon and cream and how serendipitous about the weather-it was meant to be!

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  17. Very flavorful! That combo is awesome!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  18. Wow, you have great photos! This looks like the perfect fall soup!

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  19. hi divina...is it telepathy or what?! like your champorado, I was about to post a similar soup I made with butternut squash! :) but I posted miso soup instead and shared your site as well since I really like your site. keep it, i'm learning so much! by the way, I was able to buy the butternut squash at SM Megamall supermarket, P100/kilo.

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  20. Looks very delicious, I wanted to get a kabochi? squash at the asian grocery, but they are so expensive right now, I'll get one at thanksgiving.

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  21. What a gorgeous and unique soup! Love the whipped cream that you added! This is perfect for Fall!

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  22. Hadn't thought of adding chick peas, Divina. Wow- awesome pictures too. I'm so inspired!

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  23. Congrats on top post!! I wish I could have a big bowl of this right now.

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  24. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L-! This is Divine! you have so many great soup recipes. again and again, your pics are just amazing.

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  25. Divine,

    Here you are..this is so funny, I made a link to your blog 2-3 days back, but it was only today that I tested it and I was surprised to see a totally different blog; I made a mistake, I put "and" instead of "-" LOL

    anyways , soup looks great, I'm not really a soup person, but this one looks yummy and I like that it's super-healthy too, that's obvious coming from you.. One of these days I will try one of your recipes, promise :)

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  26. hello divina
    I love your food blog It is goegeous !!! and receipes look delicious !!
    if you like french food and inventive come and poay a visit to my blog you are warmly welcome !!and mostly if you like chocolat !! see you Pierre

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  27. cant wait for fall here so I can make this! Our markets are still supporting tomatoes and squash ;) sounds like such a lovely meal

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  28. Hi Divina,

    What a lovely recipe and photos. I love pumpkin and chickpeas but have never enjoyed them together. I can't wait to try your recipe.
    I also just recently discovered Rouxbe.

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  29. Looks Divine! I so want some right now!

    http://martica45.wordpress.com

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  30. @ Lorraine - Thank you. It's very serendipitous. :)

    @ Rosa's Yummy Yums - Thank you.

    @ Simply Life - Thank you.

    @ Mom-Friday- Thank you very much. I'm glad that in my own little ways, I could make a positive influence.

    @ Southern Grace Gourmet - Kabochi squash sounds good.

    @ Danielle - Thank you.

    @ Diana Bauman - Thank you.

    @ Short and Bald - Thank you so much. I have more soup recipes to come.

    @ Olive - haha, Olive, it happened to me too. I'm sure you will love the soup..

    @ pierre - thank you and I love French food and chocolates. I will drop by soon.

    @ Sara - Thank you Sara

    @ Spicie Foodie - Thank you. Pumpkin and chickpeas are great together. You'll love Rouxbe.

    @ martica45 - thank you for dropping by.

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  31. I am in heaven, just reading about this soup. So devine- Divina!

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