From when I started dating my husband Michael he was never a big fan of soup, especially pumpkin soup. I grew up on soups.
Everything from a hearty, creamy soup, to a more simple one to soothe the tummy. One thing that happened when we moved out together was that I wasn’t as good at making the soups I loved so much as my parents and older sister were.I always tried to make it more interesting, and get Michael just a little bit more excited about it, but he always commented saying that “it’s not bad” but still felt like he was getting full from just water. “Not bad” just wasn’t good enough for me.
So I made soups very rarely or only for myself as I knew he wasn’t a fan. But I didn’t want to give up. I wanted to create soups that he actually looked forward to.
A lot of trial and error—more failures then successes but this one is a winner. He now gets excited when I make this soup. The first time he had it, he couldn’t get enough! I was so happy. Now we can both enjoy soup together.
You don’t realise that sharing food together with people that you love can be so powerful. Coming from a European background, I guess deep down inside this was important to me. I wanted my husband to enjoy and get excited about my cooking. Well, I guess I’ve done it!
I hope that this resonates with some of you out there that may go through the same thing. I’ve noticed that many males aren’t the biggest fans of soup. I’m sure this one will win them over.
Pumpkin and chickpea soup with a twist
You’ll get depth of flavour by roasting the vegetables first, that deeper flavour profile rather then just boiling them.
The combination of spices and the curried croutons on the top is what really makes this pumpkin and chickpea soup shine.
It’s super simple to make and it’s very filling!
A few tips
One thing that you can add in the soup when it’s boiling for the first time is some leftover cauliflower leaves and broccoli stalks. I throw in a few of them as well if I have them in the fridge, it doesn’t change the flavour at all. If anything, it enhances it.
You can make this soup ahead of time and just warm it up when you’re ready to serve. The curried crouton and chickpea topping should be done just before serving as it will be nice and warm.
You can freeze this pumpkin soup (without the topping) for up to 2-3 months. Make sure to let it completely cool and when pouring into the container, leave a little room at the top to allow expansion.