Lentil and pumpkin soup

Lentil and pumpkin soup is a healthy and hearty dish, you can serve it for a cold day, it’s a great winter comfort food.
I really like this dish, the pumpkin is so substantial and light at the same time, because it is combined with the proteins of legumes and oil, excellent to serve for lunch or as a single dish for light dinner.
If you are still hungry, then you can prepare excellent turkey with mashed potatoes or spicy chicken wings.

Lentil and pumpkin soup
  • DifficultyEasy
  • CostCheap
  • Preparation time20 Minutes
  • Cooking time45 Minutes
  • Serving2
  • CuisineItalian

Ingredients for 2 people:

8 tablespoons lentils (about 100 g)
12 oz yellow pumpkin (350 g)
2 cups water (about 400/450 ml)
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 clove garlic
q.s. salt
q.s. rosemary
q.s. spicy paprika


Preparation of Lentil and pumpkin soup:

Preparation of lentils:

Wash the lentils, if it is indicated on the package soak them otherwise pour them immediately into a saucepan and add 400 ml of water.

Put the lid and cook for about 30/35 minutes, much also depends on the quality of the lentils, some need to cook for longer, so always read the times indicated on the package.

Add salt towards the end of cooking.

While cooking the lentils prepare the pumpkin:

Wash the pumpkin and remove the peel, cut it into cubes and pour it into a saucepan, cover with water and bring to cooking.

Adjust salt when the water recedes, and then finish withdrawing with the container uncovered. The mixture must be thick but must not unravel.

Preparation of the final dish:

Once the lentils are cooked, drain leaving a little cooking water aside.

Brown the garlic in the pan, if you want lighter cooking you can add a little lentil cooking water, but beware of oil splashes.

Once the garlic is fried, add the lentils and a little cooking water and rosemary, cook for a few minutes.

Add the freshly cooked pumpkin and stir. Cook for a few more minutes, there must be little water left.

Serve immediately in single dishes and add 1 tablespoon of oil to the diner, if you want more flavor, add some spicy paprika.

Tips and variants:

If you love a thicker soup, just let it rest a little inside the pan.
You can serve this soup with pasta or boiled rice.
If you serve it with pasta, cook it al dente and then add it to the mixture when it is still liquid, better if you serve it broth, it will satiate you more and above all it will warm you up a lot.
Instead of lentils you can use red beans or chickpeas, cooking times vary depending on the quality of the legumes you have chosen.

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