Mascarpone pumpkin soup & Garlic bread

This week Matthias came to Grenoble, and it was really unlucky that not even a day after his arrival that he had a sore throat, so he’s been coughing up storms ever since,  and he doesn’t feel so good either. So of course he’s now the ‘patient’, and of course a ‘patient’ has to be pampered, and if the ‘patient’ wants to eat something, of course the healthy one will cook it. Today he asked for pumpkin soup and garlic bread for lunch.

Pumpkin soup 1

It’s almost the end of pumpkin season here but it is still very cheap and delicious, and garlic bread is an easy dish. Both of these dishes are categorized as appetizer, but for Matthias and me, dipping the hot and crunchy garlic bread into the warm rich soup is more than enough happiness, especially in this cold winter weather. I put a slight twist on the simple pumpkin soup with some mascarpone, you can replace that with a cube of ‘La vache qui rit’ cheese, which would be as delicious big grin

Công thức tiếng Việt: Súp bí đỏ mascarpone & Bánh mì bơ tỏi

A. Mascarpone pumpkin soup

Pumpkin soup 2

timer_318-10184 Preparation time: 5 minutes

_318-698 Cooking time: 1 hour

 Servings: 2 people (if used as the main course like we did, 4 people if used as an appetizer)

* Ingredients:

  • 450g pumpkin
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 400-500ml chicken broth (can be substituted with vegetable broth)
  • 1 tablespoon (30g) mascarpone
  • Salt, pepper

* Directions:

1. Chop the pumpkin into big cubes, no need to peel. Peel the onion and cut into quarters. Peel the garlic cloves. Toss these ingredients with the oive oil and arrange on a baking tray. Pre-heat the oven at 190°C and bake the pumpkin, onion and garlic for around 20-25 minutes, turning the pumpkin and onion from times to times.

luck If you don’t have an oven, you can steam the pumpkin, garlic and onion or sautée them in a saucepan with the olive oil and simmer in broth.

ingredients1450g pumpkin; 3 cloves of garlic; 1 onion; 1 tablespoon of olive oil

2. After the baking is done, take out the pumpkin, onion and garlic and let cool, use a spoon to scrape out all the pumpkin ‘meat’ (the pumpkin is so soft now that it’s very easy to scrape). Put everything in a blender/food processor with a couple tablespoons of broth and process until smooth.

3. Pour this mixture into a saucepan and add more broth, the amount is totally up to whether you like a thick or thin soup.

ingredients1400-500ml chicken broth

4. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce to medium heat, stir into the mascarpone until fully incorporated, season to your taste.

ingredients11 tablespoon (30g) mascarpone; Salt, pepper

You can add a splash of cream when you eat the soup. Serve hot.

B. Garlic bread

Garlic bread 1_copy

timer_318-10184 Preparation time: 5 minutes

_318-698 Cooking time: 5-10 minutes

 Servings: 20 slices of garlic bread

* Ingredients:

  • 1 small baguette
  • 25g butter
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt (if you use salted butter then skip this)

* Directions:

1. Finely mince the garlic. Let the butter soften, cut into small cubes and use a fork to mix the butter with garlic and salt. You basically only need butter and garlic to make this bread, adding dried herbs makes it more fragranced but it is not obligatory.

ingredients125g butter; 3 cloves of garlic; 1 teaspoon dried basil; 1 teaspoon dried oregano; ½ teaspoon salt

2. Cut the bread into 1.5cm-thick slices, spread the garlic butter mixture on top. Pre-heat the oven at 200°C and bake the bread slices for around 5-10 minutes until the garlic butter is melted and boils a bit, and the crush of the bread turns a golden brown color.

ingredients11 small baguette


luck If you prefer soft bread, wrap the slices in tin foil prior to baking.

Garlic bread 2

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