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Kolokithosoupa: A Traditional Greek Pumpkin Soup

Kolokithosoupa (κολοκυθόσουπα in Greek) is an all-time classic starter for your Christmas or New Year’s Eve dinner. Kolokithosoupa is the name of the Greek pumpkin soup. To make this mouthwatering soup, you need the following ingredients: pumpkin, leek, potatoes, garlic clove, parsley, dry onion, butter, salt, and pepper. There are of course variations to this recipe; however, I prefer this recipe which is more delicate.

Gentle in flavor and intense in scent, kolokithosoupa will open up your guests’ appetite to eat all the delicious dishes that you have prepared.  This Greek pumpkin soup recipe takes 30 minutes to prepare and 45 minutes to cook. It serves around 6 persons.


Kolokithosoupa – Ingredients

  • 1 kg of pumpkin
  • 1 leek, only the white part, trimmed and sliced
  • 2 medium-sized potatoes
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • ½ bunch of parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 dry onion
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Kolokithosoupa – Instructions

  1. Start this kolokithosoupa recipe washing well the pumpkin and cut it into even sized chunks.
  2. Peel the potatoes, the leek, and the onion and cut them into pieces as well.
  3. Take a pot and fill it with 1½ of water. Bring to boil over medium heat and add all the ingredients.
  4. Season the soup with salt and pepper.
  5. Cover the pot and allow the soup to simmer for around 30 minutes or until pumpkin is tender.
  6. Ten minutes before you remove the pot from the heat, add the butter.
  7. Add the boiled vegetables to a blender and process them. Add some juice from the pot if necessary.
  8. Place the vegetable puree in the pot.
  9. Stir and reheat. Taste the soup to see if additional salt is needed. Add to taste.
  10. Serve the kolokithosoupa into bowls. Sprinkle the soup with pepper and garnish if you wish with some mint leaves.

I hope you like this kolokithosoupa recipe. In case you would like to give a Greek twist to your soup, you should add some Greek yogurt. This will make the soup creamier and richer in taste. To make kolokithosoupa veloute,  you would need 500 g of Greek yogurt.  All you have to do is to add a big tablespoon of the yogurt to each bowl after you serve the soup!

Stay tuned for more Greek traditional soups. Merry Christmas, and may this new year bring you joy, laughter, and a lot of delicious Greek food.  Enjoy!

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