James Martin's pumpkin soupy casserole
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Cheap as chips
This recipe, which is a cross between a soup and a casserole, uses tinned ingredients, so it's easy to make and you won't make a mess of your kitchen. Beat that for convenience!
- 500g (1lb) pumpkin (or butternut squash), peeled, deseeded and chopped
- 2tbsp (30ml) extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large red onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 red pepper, deseeded and diced
- 1 green pepper, deseeded diced
- 1tsp (5ml) dried basil
- 400g can vegetable soup
- 420g can pinto beans, drained
- 2tbsp (30ml) lemon juice
- 1tbsp (15ml) fresh parsley, chopped
For the Cheese and herb crust:
- 1 small baguette
- 2tbsp (30ml) olive oil
- 1tbsp (15ml) fresh thyme, chopped
- 2tbsp (30ml) fresh parsley, chopped
- 85g (3oz) Parmesan, grated
Experiment with different vegetables, herbs and spices to change the flavour of this dish.
- Place the pumpkin or butternut squash in a large pan with about 600ml (1pt) water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 mins until tender. Using a hand blender or food processor, puree the pumpkin with the cooking liquid so that you have a fairly thin puree.
- Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Add the onion, garlic and peppers and cook over a moderate heat for 5 mins.
- Add the basil, canned soup and canned beans. Bring to the boil, stirring, and then simmer for 10-15 mins. Stir in the pumpkin puree, lemon juice and parsley. Spoon the bean mixture into a baking dish.
- To make the crust, cut the baguette into thin slices and brush with olive oil. Arrange on top of the bean mixture and scatter over the herbs and Parmesan.
- Place the dish under a preheated hot grill for 4-5 mins until the bread is golden brown and crisp.
Nutritional information per portion
- Calories 525(kcal)
- Fat 20.0g
This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.
Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.