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Pumpkin soup

Pumpkin soup

It’s easy to underestimate the power of diet when it comes to your health, so we’ve teamed up with our nutritionist Rob Hobson to bring you a recipe specifically tailored to your winter health needs.

This pumpkin soup is the perfect warm winter dish for a cold day; not only that, it's particularly good for eye health.

Serves 2

190 calories per serving.

"Pumpkin is a rich source of beta-carotene that is converted into vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A contributes to normal vision", says Rob.

Ingredients

  • 500g pumpkin
  • 1 tsp crushed dried chillies
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 600ml vegetable stock
  • 200ml coconut milk
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with grease-proof paper.
  2. Scoop out the seeds and fibres of the pumpkin, measure out 500g of the flesh and cut into 2.5cm pieces. Spread the pieces on the baking tray and roast for 20 - 30 minutes or until soft.
  3. Remove the tray from the oven and scatter the chilli and onion over the pieces of pumpkin. Roast for a further 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  4. Pour the stock into a medium saucepan and bring to the boil, then turn the heat to low. Stir in the coconut milk and warm for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  5. Put the pumpkin, onions and chilli in a blender and add the coconut milk/stock. Blitz until smooth, then season to taste. Serve hot.

Rob Hobson MSc RNutr is a Registered Nutritionist who has worked with some of the UK’s largest food and health companies and performs training in the public health sector (including government agencies and the NHS). Rob contributes regularly to UK press publications and has a monthly column in Women's Health magazine.

Find out more at Rob Hobson's website, or read more about Healthspan's health experts.

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Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn’t possible, supplements can help. This article isn’t intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.