Botswana pumpkin soup
Pumpkin Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
A delicious pumpkin soup recipe, a favorite of Mma Ramotswe, famous detective from Botswana and main character from Alexander McCall Smith's novels.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: African, Batswana, Vegetarian
Servings: 8 people
Author: Vera Abitbol
Ingredients
  • 1 small pumpkin (4 to 5 lb)
  • 1 potato
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 2 onions , diced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cubes vegetable bouillon (or chicken bouillon)
  • 2 small green apples , peeled and seeded
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 pinch ground chili pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon dried sage (or 1 sprig fresh sage)
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme (or 1 teaspoon fresh thyme)
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon)
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Chop the vegetables coarsely.
  2. Dissolve bouillon cubes in hot water.
  3. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat and sauté the onions. Add the garlic.
  4. Stir and cook 3 minutes.
  5. Add the ground chili pepper, cumin and paprika and stir for one minute.
  6. Add broth and mix well.
  7. Add all remaining ingredients. Cover and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove cinnamon stick and mix with hand blender or blender.