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Velvety Pumpkin Soup

Velvety Pumpkin Soup

The Story

Like all the recipes in this book of stories, the pumpkin velouté prepared by my mother with the pumpkins grown in our grandparents’ garden is part of my childhood memories. Light but nourishing, with the simple scent of autumn evenings.

This is a versatile recipe that can be used as both a side dish and a main course.

You should know that, unlike Dad’s cooking, where every dish was filled to its maximum capacity, my mother’s cooking wasn’t meant to be overly filling, and she preferred more modest dishes. Looking back, now that I’ve grown up and my perception of food has drastically changed, I think my mother was “ahead of her time”, a precursor of trends. Although omnivorous, her dishes were very similar to those of vegetarian cuisine, today’s slow food, and all these trends that aim for a more conscious way of eating and have been established in our society since the second decade of the 2000s.

Her watchwords were “simplicity, lightness, and nourishment” and I must admit that her dishes, even if they were a bit less flavorful than Dad’s or grandma’s, satisfied you without overdoing it and never left you with that feeling of sleepiness and heaviness typical of overly elaborate dishes.


Approximately 1 kg of pumpkin
2-3 potatoes
1 onion
3-4 slices of stale bread
1/2 liter of water
Salt, pepper, and rosemary to taste
Extra virgin olive oil, as needed


Cut the pumpkin and potatoes into cubes. Meanwhile, sauté the onion in a saucepan. When the onion begins to brown, add the pumpkin and potatoes, seasoned with a bit of salt, pepper, and some rosemary.
Next, add the water and let it simmer until it boils. From that moment on, wait for 10-15 minutes while you cut the bread into cubes and bake them in a tray for 10 minutes, adding a bit of oil on top to make them crispy.
Check the tenderness of the vegetables, and once they have softened, blend everything until it becomes creamy and well combined.
Serve the velvety soup with a handful of croutons and a drizzle of olive oil. Enjoy!


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