Thai kick pumpkin soup (vegan)

28 June 2014

I love soup, and pumpkin soup is a winter staple. However, sometimes, you want something a little different, or sometimes you just want to use up that jar of red curry paste that's been in your fridge for over a year so there's one less thing to take with you when you move. Sometimes, you want both. Whatever the motivation, this soup is a great twist on the old classic.

Thai kick pumpkin soup

Note that you don't need to fuss too much about how you chop everything, as it will all be blended in the end anyway. Check the Thai red curry paste, some contain shrimp paste. Five Tastes brand is safe, and I know others are too.

Thai kick pumpkin soup

Serves: 4-5

  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly minced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger paste
  • 1-2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste (cooking for myself, I would use 1.5, cooking for Hunter, I used 1) 
  • 1kg pumpkin, diced (about 1.25kg before peeling and de-seeding)
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 400mL can coconut milk
  • Coriander
  1. Saute onions in a bit of oil until translucent
  2. Add garlic, ginger and curry paste and fry until fragrant
  3. Add pumpkin, then add stock
  4. Bring to the boil, then simmer, covered, for 15-20 minutes or until pumpkin is soft
  5. Use a stick mixer to blend the soup. Alternatively, if you don't have a stick mixer, or if you have packed your stick mixer away in anticipation of a move that has been delayed, leaving you grumpy and without a stick mixer, allow the soup to cool and transfer to a blender or food processor and process in batches, then return to saucepan.
  6. Stir through coconut milk, and if necessary, turn heat back on to heat through. If you're feeling fancy, reserve a bit of the coconut milk to drizzle onto the soup like you would cream.
  7. Garnish with coriander. If you're not trying to impress anyone, the stuff out of a tube works really well, because it's easy to stir through for an even distribution of flavour.
Thai kick pumpkin soup

What's your favourite winter soup?

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