Spanish Pumpkin and Bean Soup

Spanish Pumpkin and Bean Soup

Spanish Pumpkin and Bean Soup is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 3.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 85 minutes
Servings: 6 Serves 6 to 8.
This chunky soup is made even more interesting with the addition of diced pears and a classic Catalan picada thickener of garlic, almonds and bread. In Morocco, lentils might be used instead of chickpeas or white beans, and sometimes rice or braised greens are added to the mix.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas
  • 1 cup small dried white beans, such as Great
      Northern
  • 2 quarts plus 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup diced ham
  • 1 Tbs. sweet paprika
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced
  • Pinch of saffron, steeped in 1/4 cup hot chicken
      stock or water
  • 12 almonds
  • 1 slice bread, cut in half
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbs. sherry vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled and coarsely chopped
      pumpkin or butternut squash
  • 3 pears, peeled, halved, cored and cut into
      chunks
  • 1/2 lb. green beans, trimmed and cut into
      2-inch lengths
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

Pick over the chickpeas and white beans, and discard any misshapen beans and stones. Rinse the chickpeas and beans and drain. Place in a bowl, add water to cover generously and let soak overnight, then drain.

In a saucepan over high heat, bring the water to a boil. Add the chickpeas and beans and return to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the chickpeas and beans are tender, about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, in a sauté pan over medium heat, warm 2 Tbs. of the olive oil. Add the onion and sauté, stirring occasionally, until tender and translucent, about 10 minutes. Stir in the ham and paprika, mixing well, and then mix in the tomatoes. Cook for 10 minutes to blend the flavors. Add the saffron and stock to the pan, mix well and set aside.

In another sauté pan over medium heat, warm the remaining 6 Tbs. olive oil. Add the almonds, bread and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the almonds, bread and garlic to a mortar or a small food processor. Grind with a pestle or process to a paste. Add the vinegar, mixing well. Set aside.

After the chickpeas and white beans have cooked for 1 hour, add the pumpkin and pears and simmer for 10 minutes. Finally, stir in the tomato-onion mixture, the green beans and the bread mixture, and simmer until the green beans and pumpkin are tender and the flavors are blended, 10 to 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Ladle into warmed bowls and serve immediately.
Serves 6 to 8.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Lifestyles Series, Soup for Supper, by Joyce Goldstein (Time-Life Books, 1998).
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great soup! This soup is delicious! Even my teenage boys liked it. I could eat this soup every night. I made a few changes. Used 1C dried lentils, didn't soak overnight, just covered with water, brought to a boil and simmered til done. I added the various ingredient mixtures as I completed them, instead of setting them aside and adding later. The squash takes longer to cook than the pear, and they both take longer than recipe indicates. I added pear about 15 mins after squash, then took a 45 min walk while soup simmered. Also added some smokey paprika along with sweet paprika.
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really good It's hard to find a soup that fills myriad dietary requirements, isn't boring, and is filling. This one hits the spot. Without the pears I can make it with what I have in the freezer and pantry. For GF I leave out the bread, for vegetarian/vegan I drop the ham and swap the broth for vegetable stock. It's still good any way. We freeze or pressure can this soup too (without the bread of course) and it's even better later.
Date published: 2014-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious, hearty fall soup that stores easy My boyfriend and I made this soup on Sunday and it has shot to the top of our favorite soups list. It's easy to make, incredibly tasty, so filling and fairly healthy as there is no cream or anything. We made a batch on Sunday and have been eating it for lunch all week. It works great as a meal on its own because the beans give it so much protein. We also subbed out chicken sausage for ham because it's what we had on hand and it's incredibly tasty with that as well. I've already shared this recipe with everyone I know and will be making a batch for my parents next time I go home. Quick tip: If you don't have time to soak the beans using canned beans worked fine in this recipe.
Date published: 2012-09-25
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