Hokkaido Pumpkin Soup

September 28, 2020

If you like to try different tastes, Hokkaido Soup is right for you. Hokkaido squash, which grows in North America and Japan, is a candidate to be one of the greatest flavors of cold winter days. With the trend towards healthy nutrition, interest in this pumpkin type is increasing. It has a high nutritional value and is known for its soup and dessert recipes. You can choose it for puree, garnish, salad or meat dishes as well. Be sure to try the Creamy Hokkaido Soup to offer an extraordinary unique taste for your guests.

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Taste Score: %95
Difficulty Easy
Servings 6 people
Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 20 mins
Total 30 mins

Recipe Video: Hokkaido Pumpkin Soup (Creamy)

Tips

  • Hokkaido pumpkin stays fresh for a long time. While buying pumpkin, tap it for checking its freshness. If it sounds hollow, it's ripe.
  • Store in a cool and dry place. You can also freeze the pumpkin.
  • Since its peel is hard, you should choose a large and sharp knife when cutting the pumpkin.
  • When cooking the Hokkaido pumpkin, add fresh thyme, cinnamon, or cumin close to cooking. You will find that the pumpkin will add more flavor to its taste.
  • If you use meat or chicken broth instead of water, it will be tastier and more flavorful.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Bake the Hokkaido pumpkin for 7-8 minutes at 356 °F before cutting.
  2. Chop onion, potatoes and carrot into small cubes.
  3. Add olive oil to the pot and roast the garlic with vegetables you chopped.
  4. Cut the pumpkin you took out from the oven into cubes. Add it on the other vegetables.
  5. After cooking all the ingredients for a while, add some water and bone broth. Leave to simmer for 20-25 minutes, with adding spices.
  6. Put the cooked ingredients in a mixer, and mix them until you get a smooth consistency.
  7. After blending, add cream and cook the mixture for another 5 minutes.
  8. Add pumpkin seeds and serve it.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Hokkaido Pumpkin Soup
Serves 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.2 g11.8%
Cholesterol 8 mg2.7%
Sodium 413 mg18%
Potassium 370 mg7.9%
Protein 1.9 g3.8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

When Should You Eat Squash?

Also known as the 'Red Kuri Squash' or 'Japanese Squash', it begins to be found as of the end of August. The main season can be consumed all winter from September.

Do You Have to Peel Pumpkin?

The skin of the most pumpkin species can be eaten. The skin of Hokkaido pumpkin is hard. When it is cooked, it gets softened. It is very easy to prepare and store. It is consumed that these orange-colored, small-sized squashes either as a soup or by frying them as a main course; The skin, which is very rich in vitamins and minerals, may not be peeled off. Because of its rich nutritional value and giving dishes a more intense flavor, many chefs cook Red Kuri Squash with its skin.

What Goes with Hokkaido Pumpkin Soup?

Hokkaido soup is a light vegetable soup. You can serve pumpkin soup with meat or chicken. You can also add rice to the main dish. Here the unique recipes you can make with Hokkaido Pumpkin Soup:

How Long Does Homemade Pumpkin Soup Last?

You can consume pumpkin soup by keeping it in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.

How Do You Thicken Pumpkin Soup?

There are methods you can apply to make the consistency of the soup darker and thicker. The important thing here is the ratio of added materials. You can use the following ingredients to increase the consistency of the soup without spoiling its flavor.

Add Flour or Cornstarch:

The most preferred method to thicken the consistency of the soup is adding flour. You should add the flour. Before adding the water to the soup, roast the oil and flour together.

Starch is also preferred to give consistency to soup during cooking. You should mix the starch with water and gradually add it to the soup.

Add Cream and Yogurt:

You can easily thicken the soup with cream or yogurt. Thus, you can make your food more dense and tastier.

Purifying Vegetables:

Especially the effective method of thickening vegetable soups is to add the vegetables in puree form.

The most used vegetable for this method is raw potato. After mashing the potatoes, you can add it to the soup. You can also choose potatoes or similar starch-containing vegetables as a thickener.

Cook on Low Heat:

Cooking the soup on low heat allows you to increase its consistency. When you cook it on high heat, the ingredients cook faster and the water cannot be absorbed, the soup becomes more watery.

If you're looking for a vegan solution, you can add Coconut Milk:

You can thicken the soup with coconut milk. It adds flavor to your food by creating a creamy effect.

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