I didn’t know much about pumpkin or how to cook it before to come to Italy (also probably connected to the fact that I’ve never cooked so much in France). So I discovered a few interesting facts about the pumpkin family:
- Pumpkin, butternut squash, … they are all varieties of the same family. In Italy for instance, they have so many different varieties, and therefore, names, I’m still a bit confused when buying one.
- Pumpkin is one of the most nutritious vegetables. Very low in calories and rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins.
- Although pumpkin grows on a vine, so technically, it makes it a fruit (but we’ll keep calling it a vegetable anyway).
How to resist its sweet and delicate taste? You can literally make anything you want with pumpkin! Boiled, steamed or roasted. Soup, purée, pie, pasta, risotto, cookie or muffin. Sweet or savoury. Anything.
After trying roasted pumpkin, and it’s still one of my favourite way to make it, I wanted to try a cosy soup after buying my first butternut squash. I found help and inspiration in the famous Martha Stewart and her butternut pear soup (with some modifications).
Positive: A sweet and savoury combination, it magically makes you feel cosy all of a sudden!
Negative: I used williams pear which is also really sweet, next time I might go for another variety.
Ingredients for 2:
- 500 g butternut squash
- 1 pear
- 1 onion
In your pantry:
- evo oil
Peel and cut into dice butternut and onion. In a wok or a large pot, heat about 3 tablespoons of evo oil on medium-high heat and add squash and onion.
Add about 4 glasses of water, season with salt and pepper (or some broth) cover and cook for 10 minutes.
In the meantime, peel and cut into large dice the pear. Add it to the pot and cook for another 15 minutes until all the chunks are very tender.
Using a hand blender, puree the preparation until smooth and season with more salt and pepper if necessary.
Serve in a bowl with a drizzle of evo oil.
My advice: To balance with the sweetness of this soup you might also want to grate some parmesan cheese. You can also add oregano and bread crusts for a fancy style.