Roasted Pumpkin and Patty Pan Stew, and A Break

 pumpkin; autumn; fall; soup; vegetable; vegan; potato; peppers; turmeric; carrot; celery leaf; Spicie Foodie; recipeUp until last week it seemed like summer was going to stay around for a while. But over this week the weather has turned more seasonal and it’s finally starting to look and feel like autumn has arrived. Autumn is my second favorite season, after summer, so I’m not minding it so much. The only thing I really dislike are the grey days, too many gray days in a row. But something I really look forward to in the autumn is soups and stews.
 pumpkin; autumn; fall; soup; vegetable; vegan; potato; peppers; turmeric; carrot; celery leaf; Spicie Foodie; recipeI could eat soup or stew for a whole week straight and never get tired. Oh geesh I nearly forgot to tell you one of my other favorite things about autumn, pumpkins and squash! Perhaps some of you may remember from last year that I developed an addiction towards Kuri (Hokaido) squash? Yes, No? Let me tell you when I finally ran out of my stash in early spring I didn’t think I’d ever make it to this autumn. Okay so far the “addiction” hasn’t been as great this year as last. Perhaps it is due to all the not so great events over these past few months, I don’t know. Oh but no need to worry, I’ve already gone through 2 Kuri (Hokaido) squashes, 1 huge white patty pan squash and 1 butternut squash. Plus I’ve got a few more sitting on my dinning room table. Phew!
 Fall; autumn; root vegetables; patty pan squash; carrot; pumpkin; potato; onion; pepper; red peppers; Kapie pepper; carrot; garlic; celery leaf; celery; soup; Spicie FoodieLet’s sidetrack a little bit, shall we? When I snapped the photo of the ingredients I completely forgot to include my beloved Kuri (Hokaido) squash. D’oh!!! I aint got a good brain…Well it’s not the end of the world and you’ll still see it included in the ingredients list.
 pumpkin; autumn; fall; soup; vegetable; vegan; potato; peppers; turmeric; carrot; celery leaf; Spicie Foodie; recipeOkay a little more sidetracking, I’m taking a break from blogging. It won’t be a very long break and no unfortunately I won’t be going on an exotic vacation. It will be more like a working break. During this break I hope to accomplish some much needed technological cleanup and maintenance. Who am I kidding let’s add plenty of mental maintenance to that too. I’m just not myself lately and it’s beginning to affect my ability to cook, photograph, blog and function. Right now I am thinking this break will only be for a week, but perhaps a little longer. But for sure I will be back in time to host October’s YBR, our 1 year anniversary!! Okay let’s get to the recipe shall we?

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Roasted Pumpkin and Patty Pan Stew
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Warm up to autumn with this hearty root vegetable and squash soup.
Recipe type: Soup, Stew
Serves: 4
  • 380 grams roasted Hokaido/Kurry Pumpkin*, mashed
  • 1 small white Patty Pan squash weighing 500 gm raw**, mashed
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 small potatoes, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, peeled finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups or 1 liter vegetable broth, low-sodium & no MSG
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper, I used ½ tsp for spicier taste
  • 1 fresh sprig of thyme or sub. with ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp ground sweet paprika
  1. Before you get started on the soup make sure you've read through the notes. Heat the oil in a large pot, then saute the onion until soft and translucent. Next add the carrots, celery, garlic and saute for 5 minutes. Stir often to prevent burning. Next add the sweet pepper and potatoes and cook for 3 minutes. Add all of the seasonings and stir well. Add the mashed Hokaido/Kurry pumpkin as well as the mashed Patty Pan. Stir well.
  2. Pour the broth in and stir to well combine. Simmer under medium low heat for 45 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed. Allow to cool down before serving.
* The pumpkin I used in this soup was pumpkin that had been roasted the day before. It was about half of a fresh Hokaido/Kurry pumpkin. If you do not have this pumpkin available substitute with another. **This Patty Pan squash has a thick skin and can be hard to peel, so I cut it in 4 parts, removed the seeds and boiled it for 10 minutes in a separate pot. Drain, and remove the skin or scoop out the flesh. Alternatively you could also roast until soft and tender. Mash before adding to the pot.


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See you all soon!

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  1. says

    Great post Nancy. I am with you, I love soup and I love pumpkins. Don’t know if you saw my post today but mine was a pumpkin one as well – but a breakfast dish. Really nice looking soup. Buzzed ya! This looks like a top 9 to me! :)

  2. says

    The recipe looks terrific….I love patty pans. Enjoy your break – take your time – we’ll be here when you get back!

  3. says

    Mmm, this looks so delicious! Perfect for a rainy, cold day. I love the bright orangey color of it, it screams fall! Lovely recipe, thanks for sharing. God bless! :)

  4. says

    I was just telling my husband tonight we need more squash, I’m going to have to try those muffins once I get some. Enjoy your break, we will all be waiting for you when you come back. I’ve been working on something that is sucking up too much of my time too.

  5. says

    Love the look of this and hope you enjoy your break. I took time off when we went away over the summer and haven’t completely got back into the swing of things. Can’t believe I used to post twice a week – now it’s more like every 2 weeks! But there is a balance to all things and work has to be in balance with your life and your psyche. I hope your break is productive in helping you get what you need. :-)

  6. says

    So sorry that I found your lovely blog just as you’re about to take a break. Hope it’s a great one and you come back with lots of energy!

  7. says

    Wonderful pumpkin stew Nancy! I made a pumpkin curry yesterday . Pumpkins are so “in” now. : ) I’m sad to hear that you will not be posting for a while. But I completely understand. Everyone needs a break from things once in a while. You have been through a lot lately. I hope you have a great little mini away from the blog vacation. We will definitely be back to check in on you at the end of the month… count on it. : ) ~ Ramona

    • says

      Hi Ramona, Thank you! I love pumpkin stew that I even included a recipe in my cookbook. Hey them being so “in” will create many delicious recipes to choose and be inspired by. Great and so I ‘ll see you them:)

  8. says

    You DO need a break. You have been blogging a lot, a natural response to what happened (i.e. staying busy) but I wondered when you’d get to that point where you just need to pull back and take care of yourself. A wonderful dish to go out on, and I look forward to your return. xoxoxo

    • says

      Hi Trixie, I guess I just hadn’t realize how much I’ve been trying to stay busy until recently. You’ve said it, pulling back is exactly where I am right now. Thank you and I look forward to being back. xoxo back :)

  9. says

    The pumpkin soup looks so delicious and comforting, just what i need to relax me down this weekend, can’t wait to taste it. Great photos.

  10. says

    Pretty. We just got back from vacation and fall seemed to go ahead and settle on in. It’s super grey around here but it’s nothing a little soup won’t fix :) I discovered kuri squash last year and I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for it ever since!

    • says

      I’m sure you understand those grey days since your weather there isn’t so great. But so true, it’s soup to the rescue. Good and I hope you can get plenty this year to experiment with.

  11. says

    I agree with you. Fall brings the flavours of soups and stews. I love the way you take stunning picture that make the final dish more delicious . You take great pains to reply every comment. This is wonderful. Do visit my space sometime.

  12. says

    Great blog! This just look like a dish coming out from an expensive restaurant menu. I will be whipping up my own set of these and serve this in our upcoming family get together. I bet this would surely be a topper!

  13. says

    For someone who doesn’t feel like blogging much lately, you sure have been making the Top 9 regularly lately! Like you, I feel stuck in a rut too and although I can still cook up something lovely, my writing has suffered. In fact, my posts are beginning to sound as exciting as a hangover the morning after…LOL. Maybe we both should take that well-needed break, huh? Except, I won’t be doing any technical maintenance, just going to go out and enjoy life!

    PS. What a glorious looking stew! Definitely going to try this soon as I’m going pumpkin picking this weekend!

    • says

      Maya you crack me up ;) Sounds like a plan and yeah make sure you are enjoying every single day away from the computer. I sure am :)Thank you sweetie and have fun pumpkin picking.

  14. says

    Have a great break!! I have slowly been decreasing my time on the comp, fall is here I want to be outside with my girls!! lol, total slacker. lovely stew!!


  15. says

    Hi Nancy, first time here, you have a beautiful blog, with gorgeous photographs, the stew looks fantastic, a virtual treat., looks so summary.., I fell in love with your second photograph..

  16. says

    Nancy I hope you’ve been enjoying your time off and getting the rest you need. I feel like that’s something I’ve had to do at times as well. That stew looks fantastic and that squash spread looks to die for.

    • says

      Hi Kimberly, Thank you :) I’m been getting much work done and yes have been enjoying my little break. I’m back now though. Yes taking a break now and then is a really good thing to keep our brains fresh as that’s what fuels the passion for our work. Hope you are well :)!

  17. says

    Your so funny! I forget to photograph ingredients frequently and sometimes to even list then in the recipe, lol. This looks truly comforting and so delicious!
    Hope you had a great brreak :)


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