Do try this Crema de Auyama recipe (Pumpkin Cream Soup): a delicious entree to your Dominican dinner. It has delicate, yet sophisticated flavors suitable for all tastes.
If I had to define this Sopa de Auyama (Cream of Pumpkin Soup) in one word that word would be “yum!”. OK, this is not one of those days when the muse comes over for a cafecito.
This light, but rich Crema de Auyama is perfect as starters to a big meal, or as a light dinner or lunch. It is pretty filling, so a little bit of bread and you will have a dinner that is pretty satisfying.
About this Crema de Auyama Recipe
The traditional version of this Calabaza Soup is made with, but it can also be made with Kabocha or gem squash, Kabocha being the closest in taste and texture to auyama.
I have encountered two versions of this soup, one with milk, and one without. Both are very good but milk changes the flavor significantly. I have also found that cooking it without milk but garnishing with sour cream is my favorite version, though not a traditional presentation.
We also have a Roasted Squash Soup, if you want to try something new.
Crema de auyama (pumpkin cream soup)
- 2 lb of auyama (West Indian pumpkin) peeled and cut into pieces
- 2 cups of evaporated milk (optional, see Notes)
- 1/2 cup of sour cream (optional, see Notes)
- 12 cups of vegetable stock
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 large white onion , cut into slices
- 1 tablespoon of minced parsley
- Boil the auyama (West Indian pumpkin) till tender. Let it cool to room temperature.
- Heat the oil over low heat in a saucepan. Add onion and parsley, and cook and stir until the onion becomes translucent.
- Remove from the heat and let it cool to room temperature.
- Add the pumpkin, vegetable stock, milk (see Notes) and onions into a blender. Blend until all the ingredients are pureed.
- Pour into a pot and reheat over medium heat, stir often or it will stick to the bottom.
- When it has reached a creamy consistency remove from the the heat.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste. If you did not use the milk listed in the ingredients garnish with the sour cream.
- If you are vegan you can skip the dairy products entirely, the soup will still be very good.
- You can make the traditional soup with milk, in which case do not use sour cream.
- Do not use milk but garnish with sour cream, this is my preferred version.