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Pumpkin Soup With Pimenton and Preserved Lemon

Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer, creators of the seasonal recipe series "Canal House Cooking," developed this side dish in order 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. It provides that ta-da factor. There's some olive oil in there, but it's really just a wholesome recipe, deliciously prepared. We love the combination of the preserved lemon and the pimenton -- it adds that richness of flavor without bringing in extra fat."

  • Servings: 8
Pumpkin Soup With Pimenton and Preserved Lemon

Source: Whole Living, November 2010


  • 1 8-10 lb. 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.

Reviews (2)

  • Julieta Medina Franqueira 18 Mar, 2014

    The bitter taste is because the pimentón burs, you have to be careful with it, you have to add t when the pan is out of the fire. I'm spanish and pimentón is an spanish spice, try again with this tip.

  • ktgrice 28 Oct, 2012

    This Soup was probably the worst soup I've ever had, regretfully. I made it with high hopes considering how everything I've ever made (and I've made a lot) from this website has been delicious. The presentation of this soup is very pretty, but i would not recommend making it ever. No one in my family would eat it. It has been a year since I made the soup and still i can remember the bitter terrible taste.

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