Pumpkin Soup with Leeks and White Wine
a recipe from The Cook and The Gardener
1 large leek, split lengthwise and washed, one outer green blade reserved
2 tbps. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
4 sprigs fresh thyme
5 sprigs flat-leaf parsley
2 bay leaves
1 c. dry white wine
1½ lbs. sugar pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
5 c. Autumn stock (poultry based stock with mire poix and herbs and just a touch of tomato flavoring)
½ c. whole milk
½ c. heavy cream
Making the Soup:
1. Slice the split leek into thin half rounds, smash the garlic, and measure the oil into the bottom of a flameproof pot or heavy soup pot.
2. When the oil is hot, add the leeks and garlic and toss them to cover them with the oil. Sweat them for about 4 minutes.
3. While the leeks and garlic work up a sweat, tie the parsley, thyme, and bay leaves into a packet wrapped in the reserved leek blade.
4. When the leeks are beginning to become translucent, add the white wine and the herb packet. Turn the heat up to medium-high and cook the wine down to about 2 tbsp. - this is the flavour base for the soup.
5. Prepare the pumpkin cubes and measure out the stock. When the leeks and wine have reduced adequately, pour in the stock and add the pumpkin cubes.
6. Bring the stock to a boil and then reduce the heat, cover the pan and cook the pumpkin until it is very soft - about 20 to 25 minutes.
7. Remove the herb packet and whiz the soup with an immersion blender OR remove the soup from the pot and use a counter-top blender to make a smooth soft soup.
8. Return to the soup pot, correct the salt seasoning as necessary, add the milk and cream and warm the soup, but do not boil it.
9. Serve the soup in warm bowls with your favorite garnish. Have warm crusty bread and a glass of white wine to accompany ... enjoy!
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