Halloween Pumpkin Soup

31 Oct

My mother in law taught me how to make this Italian style Zoppa di Zucca, pumpkin soup, so what better night to make it than Halloween?

I found the most perfect, cutest little mini pumpkins, British I may add, that would make an ideal size for Bambina.

All you need to do is chop up the pumpkin into small diced pieces, chop up a few sticks of celery into small bits, add a finely chopped onion and a small diced potato.

Throw that into enough boiling water to just about cover the veg and leave to simmer slowly for about thirty mins. Remember to not leave the pan to boil dry (like I did the first time I made this!).

As this was for Bambina’s supper, I didn’t add salt but did add a pinch of ground black pepper. To make it for adults you can add salt and garlic for flavour and for a twist on a meat version, add crispy pancetta. Delish!

Once all the veggies are soft, mash them down with a fork and stir in a good splash of olive oil.

Serve into a bowl and grate some fresh Parmesan ( like one we brought back from Italy last weekend, nothing like parmesan from a Lattaria!) to make the soup creamy. Enjoy with grissini or a nice piece of focaccia.

What could be more simple? Buon Appetito!!

Happy Halloween (btw, this is Bambina’s first ever scary craft! #proudmummy)

Have you got any pumpkin recipes to share? Do tell.



Posted by on October 31, 2012 in London


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5 responses to “Halloween Pumpkin Soup

  1. sharingmyitaly

    November 2, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Looks buonissima! Here is my pumpkin recipe for you to try . . . hope you like it!

    BTW, Bambina’s scary craft is awesome!!!

    • Tea&Biscotti

      November 2, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks Maria! I just left a comment for your recipe too.. Should leave my link but was too lazy for copy & paste..
      I know right?! We’ve a budding artist on our hands! Xx

      • sharingmyitaly

        November 2, 2012 at 9:21 pm

        She is gifted like her mom!

      • Tea&Biscotti

        November 2, 2012 at 9:22 pm

        Aw bless you.. Flattery will get you everywhere *winks* x

  2. dutchgoesitalian

    February 18, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Going to try this one out as soon as the pumpkins are back in the stores….guess I need to wait a bit 😉 Well, I’d better be prepared on time right?? Ciao!!


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