Hot soup on a cold day isn't just to warm your hands... this beauty warms the SOUL!

  • 500g kumara, peeled, cut into chunks

  • 500g pumpkin, peeled, seeds removed, cut into chunks

  • 3 garlic cloves

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 tsp ground cumin

  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 1/2 tsp yellow mustard seeds

  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes

  • 4 cups vegetable stock

  • 2 cups water

  • 400g can diced tomatoes


  • coriander and yoghurt, to serve


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C

  2. Combine kumara, pumpkin and garlic in a baking dish. Toss with 2 tablespoons of oil and season to taste.

  3. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until tender and golden.

  4. While you're doing that, heat remaining oil in a large saucepan on high. Saute chopped onion with spices for 2-3 minutes, until tender and aromatic.

  5. Add the vegetables to saucepan with stock, water and tomatoes and bring to the boil.

  6. Reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes.

  7. Using a hand blender or food processor, process soup until smooth.

  8. Season to taste and reheat gently.

Crank this in vast quantities and bring to the office every day for easy and healthy winter lunches. The sistema microwave containers make quick work of these delicious reheats!