Photo: Annabelle Breakey
YieldsServes 4 or 5
Not quite enough pumpkin for you? Serve it in Mini Pumpkin Bowls.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Make soup: Sauté onion and ginger in oil in a medium pot over medium-high heat until golden, 5 minutes. Add garlic and coriander and cook until softened, 1 minute, then add pumpkin, broth, salt, and pepper. Simmer, covered, until pumpkin is very tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Purée in batches in a blender until very smooth.

Step 2
2

Make pesto: Pound garlic, whole mint leaves, salt, and 1 tbsp. oil in a mortar into a coarse paste (or use a food processor). Add remaining oil and pumpkin seeds and pound until coarsely crushed.

Step 3
3

Drop small spoonfuls of pesto over bowls of soup, garnish with slivered mint, and serve remaining pesto on the side.

Step 4
4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1 1/2-cup serving.

Ingredients

  SOUP
 1 large onion, chopped
 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
 2 tablespoons olive oil
 4 large garlic cloves, chopped
 2 teaspoons ground coriander
 4 1/2 cups peeled, 1-in. chunks pumpkin or other orange-fleshed squash (from a 2 1/2-lb. squash)
 4 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  PESTO
 1 small garlic clove
 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves, plus slivered leaves
 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
 1/4 cup salted roasted pumpkin seeds

Directions

Step 1
1

Make soup: Sauté onion and ginger in oil in a medium pot over medium-high heat until golden, 5 minutes. Add garlic and coriander and cook until softened, 1 minute, then add pumpkin, broth, salt, and pepper. Simmer, covered, until pumpkin is very tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Purée in batches in a blender until very smooth.

Step 2
2

Make pesto: Pound garlic, whole mint leaves, salt, and 1 tbsp. oil in a mortar into a coarse paste (or use a food processor). Add remaining oil and pumpkin seeds and pound until coarsely crushed.

Step 3
3

Drop small spoonfuls of pesto over bowls of soup, garnish with slivered mint, and serve remaining pesto on the side.

Step 4
4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1 1/2-cup serving.

Pumpkin Soup with Pumpkin Seed-Mint Pesto