- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 (15 oz.) cans of pumpkin puree
- 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup half & half
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Chopped green onions
- Sour cream
Coat the bottom of a stock or soup pot with olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the diced onion and garlic until onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Add fresh and ground ginger and red pepper to the pot. Mix well with onion mixture and cook for 1 minute to develop flavors.
Next, add pumpkin puree and stir to combine. Whisk in chicken or vegetable stock and 1 teaspoon of salt. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer the soup covered with a lid for 20-30 minutes.
Remove soup from heat after cooking. Whisk in half and half, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately. Garnish with green onions, and a dollop of sour cream.
Kitchen Activities for Budding Chefs
- Have them help gather ingredients for the recipe. Turn your recipe preparation into a scavenger hunt.
- Explore the orange pumpkin, brown ginger and yellow onion. Talk about the smell, texture and color. See if your child can find similar colors in and around the kitchen. Don't forget to check outside to compare to the fall foliage and Mother Nature's color palette!
- Working together, allow your child to help measure and pour the stock. Do the same with the
- half & half.
- With adult supervision, ask your child to help scoop out the pumpkin puree from the can using a spoon or small spatula. Give it a taste!
- Once the recipe is complete, allow them to taste their creation. See if they like it. Describe the flavors.
- Practice measurements using measuring cups and spoons for the spices and liquids.
- With adult supervision, practice using a zester to grate the fresh ginger.
- With adult supervision, allow them to help cook the onions and garlic – stirring the mixture. They can also help stir the soup while on the stove.
- To practice safe knife skills, work with your child to carefully chop the green onion for a garnish.
- Once the recipe is done, allow them to taste their creation and ask them to describe the flavor.