Pumpkin soup with red pesto and chilli tofu

This flavoursome pumpkin soup is an ideal choice for winter nights. Topped with pesto and pumpkin seeds, it is a great dinner option.



Note: + Cooling time



  • 900g Kent pumpkin, cut into wedges, seeds reserved
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 brown onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbs lemongrass paste
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 600g white potatoes, chopped
  • 4 cups (1L) vegetable stock
  • 400ml can coconut cream
  • 350g pkt tofu nuggets, or 300g pkt firm tofu, chopped, pan-fried

Red pesto

  • 160g pkt roasted capsicum, chopped
  • 2/3 cup (100g) salted roasted cashews 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) olive oil



Preheat oven to 200°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place pumpkin seeds on lined tray. Drizzle with 1 tbs oil. Line a large roasting pan with baking paper. Arrange the pumpkin wedges in lined pan. Drizzle with 2 tbs oil. Season. Roast pumpkin wedges for 50 mins or until tender, adding the pumpkin seeds to oven for the last 5 mins of cooking.


Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion. Cook, stirring, for 2 mins or until onion softens. Add lemongrass and turmeric. Cook, stirring, for 30 secs or until fragrant. Add potato. Cook, stirring, for 3 mins or heated through. Add the stock and coconut cream. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer for 15 mins or until potato is tender.


Add the pumpkin wedges to the pan. Increase heat to medium-high. Bring to the boil. Remove from heat. Cool slightly. Use a stick blender to carefully blend until smooth. Place the soup over medium-high heat. Bring to the boil. Add the tofu. Season.


To make the red pesto, place the capsicum, cashews, garlic and oil in a food processor. Process until smooth. 


Ladle soup among serving bowls. Top with the pesto and pumpkin seeds.

Serve with coriander sprigs.


Waste wise 

Store any leftover red pesto in the fridge for up to 1 week to use in sandwiches. 

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