I don’t know why but “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” popped into my head when I was thinking about pumpkins.
So while I wonder about that, let me take you back to my kabocha soup. This is my next recipe as part of my eating healthy in Fall series.
If you saw my Fall arugula salad recipe, you may have seen that I pan-roasted some kabocha. That recipe only used half of the kabocha I bought. I made this soup with the other half.
Since the weather has been cooling off a bit what better time than now for soup!
I’ve made butternut squash soup and kabocha soup several times before and like them equally.
But today, I will be sharing a Japanese kabocha soup（かぼちゃスープ) recipe with you. In Japanese ‘soup’ is pronounced soo-pu.
Pumpkin soups tend to be thick, sweet, savory and hearty. I generally eat them as an appetizer to something else since they aren’t filling enough to make a meal. (no protein!)
I liked this soup since it had a good rich flavor and was on the lighter side. It was also very easy to throw together. It would be perfect for cooking on a weeknight.
My favorite thing about soups is that they generally freeze well. So you can easily double this and have something saved for the future. And that is exactly what I did 😀
What to look for when buying Kabocha
When I’m at the market looking for kabocha, one of the things to look for is a little bit of gold/yellow/gray on the exterior skin. That tells you it is ripe.
If all you can get is solid green kabocha that is okay too. I’ve used both and they always taste good!
Never heard of kabocha before? Read more about it here at Wikipedia!
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Here is a video of me finishing up the soup with my new immersion blender !!
In case you missed them, here are some of my other Japanese recipes!
- Kinako Ice Cream with Kuromitsu
- Japanese Style Broccoli Salad with Egg and Ham
- Japanese Style Potato Salad with Ham
- Creamy Mentaiko Pasta with Fresh Spaghetti
- Omusubi (Japanese rice balls) with tuna, salted salmon, and umeboshi
- Japanese Radish Salad with Tuna and Radish Sprouts
- Japanese Style Matcha Cupcakes with Almond Buttercream Frosting
- Japanese Style Macaroni Salad with Tuna
- Japanese Green Tea Ice Cream (egg yolk free!)
- Mizuna (Japanese Mustard Greens) with Garlic and Bacon