Pumpkin Minestrone

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We are having some beautiful fall weather in South Florida!  When fall comes to Florida, it’s more of a pretend season.  It will be 80 degrees and locals will pulling out their boots, light sweaters and scarves…pretty silly looking to the vacationing Northerners who are walking around in their shorts and sundresses.  When you live here for awhile, you feel the change of seasons and get very excited.

This weekend, we hit some low temps.  The humidity is gone and just the most wonderful breezes are blowing through my open windows.  The morning air is brisk, almost to a chill as my Chihuahuas make it short, quick walk.   My morning walk is at a faster pace, my hands curled up in my sweatshirt to keep warm.

imageThe skies were clear and the bluest blue, while the sun gently warmed the breezes creating the picture perfect day.  As evening came, the temperature dropped further and as I planned for all day, a warming soup would be just what we needed to fully experience this Fall weather.

imageBasing this on my mom’s minestrone recipe, I just swapped out the potatoes for pumpkin.  I kept it simple and did not add in any beans.  The pumpkin seeds were a last minute thought while I was cutting the pumpkin.  The seeds added an interesting bite and salty taste.

Pumpkin Minestrone

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

2 cups raw pumpkin, about 1/2 small pumpkin, cubedubed

2 large carrots, peeled and cubed

2 cups zucchini, cubed

1 small bunch spinach, washed, trimmed and roughly chopped, about 2 cups

4 – 5 cups vegetable or chicken broth

Kosher salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup parsley, chopped

Toasted pumpkin seeds and Parmesian cheese, grated for serving, optional

In a large stock pot, heat the olive oil. Add in the onion and sauté till tender. Add in the pumpkin and carrots and cook for about 8-10 minutes. Add in the zucchini and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add in the stock to just cover the veggies. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for about 30-35 minutes.  Add in the spinach and parsley and turn off the heat. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes.  Serves about 4 as a main dish.  Serve with toasted pumpkin seeds and grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

15 thoughts on “Pumpkin Minestrone

  1. Your climate sounds a lot like the Sydney climate where it’s warm or hot for most of the year but then there are a few cold months. Not that cold but cold enough. I do hate the winter but when it comes I tend to make wonderful soups and minestrone is one of my most favourite soups – so many ingredients and so much goodness. I don’t think I’ve tried it with pumpkin; I’ll have to give this a try when the weather cools xx

    1. Even though all my family is up North, I just can’t deal with the cold winters either! It’s a hard decision as I miss my family so much; I need them to move down here!

  2. This is a great recipe Linda. I’ve been very into soups lately because our seasons have most certainly changed. Snow – on Halloween!!! I have a pumpkin sitting at the ready and will put this on my list of things to make in the next few weeks. Enjoy your beautiful fall weather!

    1. Oh Kristy, I remember bundling up my kids for Halloween! One time there was a horrible blizzard, I was in traveling for work and my ex took them out in the blizzard! They were about 2 and 4 years old; I would never have let them go out! Mostly because I can’t stand the cold!

  3. What a great seasonal soup! Southern California is in full faux-fall, too! But I’m really hungry for soups and stews and wintry fare. This recipe is so appealing. 🙂

    1. I think Fall is such a beautiful season, a finale to summer and the first step into the holidays that regardless of where we live, even enjoying a faux fall is necessary!!

  4. This would be a great soup to enjoy this time of year, Linda. Love that you base it on your Mother’s minestrone recipe, though your description of Fall in Florida sounds like a later Summer’s day here. We’ll save the Winter comparisons for another time. 🙂

  5. This sounds heavenly!! I’m a HUGE soup addict and this looks so simple too…another thing I love. I love the added pumpkin seeds on top. I bet that takes it to a whole new level

  6. I’m reading this post with the biggest smile on my face… relating in every way to the modified fall here in Northern California(though it does get cold in the evenings and mornings, it is nothing like home) and I’m trying to imagine your chihuahuas walking in the -30 winter temperatures that I’m accustomed to — I think they would take the zero ;-). I love recipes that are inspired from home; it makes them extra-special. The seeds are a great addition to this delicious pumpkin version of minestrone. Autumn comfort at its best.

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