Butternut Pumpkin Soup

  • Prep Time
    20 minutes
  • Cook Time
    2.5 hours
  • Difficulty
    Medium
  • Servings
    6
  • Ideal
    for
    • charcoal
    • gas
    • Q

Ingredients

  • 1 large butternut pumpkin, approx. 1.3kg
  • 2 brown onions
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 long red chillies
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • Salt and white pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 175ml dry white wine
  • 375ml chicken broth
  • 175ml thickened cream
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • Loaf Ciabatta bread

Method

Step 1
Set up your Q for indirect cooking with the trivet and convection tray in place. Preheat on high for 10 minutes.

Step 2
Prepare the pumpkin by scooping out the seeds and surrounding fibres. Place the garlic cloves and chilli in the cavity. Drizzle the olive oil on the flesh side and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Step 3
Once the Q is preheated, turn to the roast setting. Put the pumpkin skin side down on the trivet and place the onion beside the pumpkin. Cook for 1½-2 hours until the pumpkin flesh is very soft. Remove the pumpkin and onion from the Q and allow to cool.

Step 4
Remove the trivet and convection tray from the Q using tongs and heatproof gloves/mittens. Place the casserole dish in the centre of the grill. Turn the heat setting to high (both burners in the Family Q) and pre-heat for 5 minutes.

Step 5
Remove the garlic and chilli from the pumpkin. Scoop out the flesh of the pumpkin, place in a bowl and mash with a large spoon. Remove and discard the outside of the onions and place the soft inner flesh along with the garlic in a small bowl. Mash with the back of a fork. Remove and discard the stalk end of the chillies and finely chop.

Step 6
Once the casserole dish has preheated, add the butter and allow it to melt. Then add the onion, garlic, chilli and white wine and stir through. Cook for 4-5 minutes, until much of the liquid has evaporated. Add the pumpkin and stock and stir in well. Bring to a simmer and then turn the heat setting to low (inside off, outside low for the Family Q) and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the cream, season with salt and pepper, turn the heat setting back to high and bring to a simmer. Remove the casserole dish from the Q and set aside.

Step 7
Turn the heat setting to high. Cut the loaf into slices and drizzle both sides of each slice with olive oil. Place the bread on the grill and cook for 1-1½ minutes per side.

Step 8
Ladle the soup into bowls and top with chopped parsley. Serve with the crusty bread.