Soups, however, are still traditional French fare, especially here in the country. So when my neighbor arrived with some lovely slices of pumpkin from his garden & said, "For the soup!" I, of course, knew that I would be making soup.
It was made even more certain, when another neighbor came by bringing a beautiful big round squash & herbs from her garden. The ingredients were almost complete right there.
There is not much to it, just peel & chop your vegetables. I peeled the green skin off the squash, because as you can see above, its inside is a lovely golden color & I wanted to end up with a nice pumpkin color soup.
I started to peel the pumpkin, too. However, I realized that the skin of these smaller, sweeter, French pumpkins does not need to come off & stopped while I was ahead.
I chopped some carrots & also a potato, which did not make it into the photo. Next I sautéd onions & garlic, then added the chopped vegetables, a bouquet of herbs & water to cover. I brought it to a boil, then simmered until tender.
Toward the end of cooking, I chopped & added one yellow tomato & one red, ever mindful of the final color of my soup. Salt & pepper & a little squeeze of lemon to freshen the flavor were all that was needed to finish.
It would have been a lot quicker if I had had a full size blender or food processor, but even with my little magic bullet sort of device, it did not take too long to purée the soup into a creamy consistency.
It was just a matter of doing it in batches, until the softened vegetable mixture was completely puréed & transferred into a second pot. I was trilled with the beauty of the color & the creamy texture.
Et voilà, the soup from the vegetables of my neighbors gardens was complete & tasted every bit as good as it was pretty to look at!