Kolokythósoupa (Greek Pumpkin Soup)

Total Time
1hr 20mins
30 mins
50 mins

This is a Greek version of pumpkin soup. Submitted for ZWT 6. The recipe says either water or stock, but I prefer stock because with water it's a bit bland. Also I add some more cinnamon and allspice after pureeing and adding stock and yoghurt, but that's personal preference.

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  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil and fry sliced onions and leek until glassy.
  2. Add pumpkin cubes, continue frying for 2-3 minutes, add salt, pepper and spices and again continue frying for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add Ouzo and some stock or water just so the vegetables don't burn, and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 30-40 minutes.
  4. Remove from stove and puree the vegetables, then add the rest of the water or stock and heat near boiling point, stirring constantly.
  5. Add yoghurt, stirring, heat through (don't boil!) and add more salt and pepper to taste, if necessary.
  6. For garnish fry the red onion slices with some olive oil until glassy.
  7. Serve soup with fried onions and chopped parsley.