Pumpkin soup with cheese toasties

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By: Silvana Franco

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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 4.25 / 5 (118 votes)

Prep time:
25 min
Cook time:
45 min

Pumpkin and sage are a wonderful pairing and the toasties that accompany this velvety soup are made using Sage Derby, the flavour-packed cheese from Silvana Franco’s home city


1. For the soup: heat the stock in a small saucepan or the microwave. In a large saucepan, heat the oil and fry the onion, garlic and pumpkin over a gentle heat for 10 minutes until the onion has softened. Pour over the hot stock, stir in the thyme, cover and simmer for 30 minutes, until the pumpkin is tender.

2. For the toasties: butter the bread and make up four sandwiches with the cheese and chives on the inside, but with the butter on the outside of the sandwiches. Preheat a griddle pan or large non-stick frying pan and fry the sandwiches, two at a time, for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden-brown and molten inside.

3. Remove the woody thyme stalks from the soup and leave the soup to cool slightly before puréeing with a hand-held blender. Stir in the crème fraîche and heat through gently without boiling. Check the seasoning, and add salt and freshly ground black pepper if necessary.

4. Cut the toasties into squares or fingers. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with the toasties.


For the soup

For the toasties

  • 40 g soft butter
  • 8 slices white bread
  • 200 g Sage Derby cheese, coarsely grated
  • 2 tbsp snipped chives

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Mmmm made this for my dinner party (starter) last night. It was delicious, went down well although a bit filling for a starter so would advise so serve small portions. The cheese toasties were gorgeous and went well with it, everyone loved them. I couldnt find and Sage Derby Cheese so ended up using a cheddar with chives & garlic for the filling but it was very tasty! I will make again.

LovetoCook! LovetoCook!  Posted 10 Oct 2009 9:34 AM

Just loved this soup and the toasties. Yummy!!

Gail A

GailA10248 GailA10248  Posted 10 Jan 2009 10:39 PM