Maple Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Maple Roasted Pumpkin Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1.2kg butternut or pumpkin, peeled and cut into 3cm chunks
  2. 1 red onion, cut into 2cm wedges
  3. ½ small bulb garlic (cut the bulb of garlic in half horizontally)
  4. 1 ½ tablespoons Fuller’s Sugarhouse pure maple syrup
  5. 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  6. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  7. 1 ½ teaspoons thyme leaves
  8. salt and freshly ground black pepper
  9. 1 ½ - 2 cups hot chicken stock
  10. 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
To Serve
  1. 100g haloumi cheese, cut into 1cm-thick slices
  2. ½ red chilli, finely chopped
  3. 2 tablespoons mint leaves, sliced
  4. ¼ cup natural thick greek yoghurt
  5. flat-leaf parsley or coriander (cilantro), finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Toss butternut, onion and garlic with Fuller’s Sugarhouse pure maple syrup, olive oil, ground cumin and thyme leaves. Season well with salt and pepper and roast for 40-45 minutes or until pumpkin and onion is soft and caramelized.
  2. Transfer roasted pumpkin and onion to a blender. Squeeze out 2-3 cloves of the roast garlic and add to the blender. Pour in 1 ½ – 2 cups of chicken stock and blend until smooth. Add more chicken stock if needed, until you get the consistency you want. Season to taste with lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a drizzle of oil in a fry pan on medium heat and cook haloumi for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown. Chop haloumi into cubes and toss with chilli and mint.
  4. To serve, ladle into bowls, or re-heat in a pot on the stovetop if needed. Serve with a good dollop of natural yoghurt, and the haloumi with mint and chilli on the top.
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