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Pumpkin Soup With Pimenton and Preserved Lemon


Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer, creators of seasonal recipe series "Canal House Cooking," developed this dish to showcase a beautiful hollowed-out pumpkin. "We thought it would be great to use one as a centerpiece, an edible tureen for the soup."

  • Servings: 8

Source: Whole Living, November 2010


  • 1 8-10-pound Rouge Vif d'Etampes, Cinderella, or cheese pumpkin
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon pimenton
  • 2 preserved lemons, rinds removed and chopped finely (save fruit for another use)
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4-6 cups homemade chicken stock or low-sodium store-bought stock


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut out a lid around stem end of pumpkin and set aside. Scrape out and discard seeds and string. Put pumpkin on a baking sheet along with lid. Brush pumpkin flesh with oil. Rub in salt, pepper, and pimenton. Add lemons, garlic, and bay leaves. Fill pumpkin halfway with stock.

  2. Roast until flesh is soft when pierced with a paring knife, 2 to 2 1/2 hours. (Take care not to puncture skin.) Replace lid for effect and serve soup at table, scraping flesh from bottom and sides into broth, then ladling it into bowls.

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