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Spiced pumpkin soup

A chic twist on your mum's traditional recipe.

By Alice Storey & Emma Knowles
  • 40 mins preparation
  • 1 hr 15 mins cooking
  • Serves 8
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  • 2 butternut pumpkin (about 1.5kg each), cut into 5cm chunks
  • ½ tsp each smoked paprika, ground cumin and ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp ground chilli
  • Finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • 110 ml olive oil
  • 2 garlic heads, halved horizontally
  • 1 Spanish onion, thinly sliced
  • 1.25 litres (5 cups) chicken stock (substitute with vegetable stock for vegetarians)
  • 2 tbsp Sherry vinegar
  • 1 each Granny Smith apple and pink lady apple
  • 4 radicchio leaves, coarsely torn
  • ½ cup coarsely torn flat-leaf parsley
  • 20 gm roasted pepitas or sunflower seeds


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 200C. Combine pumpkin, spices, lemon rind and 50ml oil in a large bowl, season to taste and toss to coat pumpkin evenly. Spread on 2 large oven trays, add garlic and roast, swapping position of trays halfway though cooking, until pumpkin is tender and slightly darkened on the edges and garlic is golden (45-50 minutes), then, when cool enough to handle, squeeze garlic from skins (discard skins) and set aside.
  • 2
    Heat 30ml oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add the onion and reserved garlic, and stir occasionally until tender (4-5 minutes), add stock and pumpkin mixture, then bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium, simmer for 20 minutes, then purée with a hand-held blender until smooth. Remove from heat, stir in half the lemon juice and 30ml (1½ tbsp) vinegar, adjust seasoning to taste and keep warm.
  • 3
    Thinly slice apple on a mandolin and toss in a bowl with remaining lemon juice. Add radicchio, parsley, seeds, remaining vinegar and remaining oil, season to taste and toss to combine.
  • 4
    Divide soup among warmed bowls, top with a little apple salad and serve hot.


Drink Suggestion: Rich bottle-aged riesling. Drink suggestion by Max Allen