Why does butternut squash steal the show? That's what I'd be asking myself, if I were a pumpkin.
We rock out this orange fellow at Halloween and Thanksgiving, and that's often it. Two days each an every year. Why such holiday-based discrimination against this wonderful guy?
My guess is that pumpkins are a bit intimidating. They're big, they've got seeds and stringy bits inside, and they've got that bright orange skin covering them up... But funnily enough, this is actually why pumpkins, indigenous to the Americas, were highly valued for hundreds and hundreds of years over in that neck of the woods. The first European explorers of the region reported being amazed at how widespread these guys were in the daily lives of those native to the Americas.
The flesh of pumpkins is amazing, with loads of beta-carotenes--powerful antioxidants. Pumpkins do contain carbohydrates, but they are mostly in the form of non-digestable fibre. Ever heard of anyone using pumpkin as, eh-hem, a way to get their bowels moving? That's the fibre! So, unless you are very insulin resistant, don't worry too much about the starches in pumpkin.
And the seeds are an incredible source of zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese--all essential minerals for our bodies. Zinc is a co-factor in the absorption and utilisation of a majority of our vitamins, which is why you keep hearing about it for things like immune system health. But the conventional way of cooking with pumpkin ignores the seeds! That's no good!
So, this reinvented recipe for pumpkin soup focuses on 1) taking the fear out of using pumpkins (groan, pun intended...); and 2) ensuring that the seeds aren't ignored.
Bonus: this makes the recipe loads easier than its conventional cousins! Please note, however, that since we'll be using an entire pumpkin (helping remove the fear factor), and pumpkins vary in size, the measurements for this recipe depend much more on taste than on precision portions. But this is a bonus, too! It gives you a chance to trial your own gastronomic chef-y skills in a totally nothing-can-go-wrong kitchen safe space. Because, seriously, it's pretty impossible to ruin pumpkin soup.