Pumpkin-White Bean Chowder with Garlic Croutons

Pumpkin-White Bean Chowder with Garlic Croutons
  • 4 servings
  • 0:30 Preparation
  • 2:20 Cooking
  • 10:50 Total Time


Add all
  • 1/2 cups
    (125 mL)

    white beans

  • 10 cups
    (2 1/2 L)

    chicken broth

  • 4 1/2 lb
    (2 kg)

    small pumpkin

  • 1 Tbsp.
    (15 mL)

    extra virgin olive oil

  • 3

    onions, minced

  • 4

    celery, diced fine

  • 5

    medium carrots, diced fine

  • 1

    red pepper, seeded and diced fine

  • 2

    garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 Tbsp.
    (30 mL)

    fresh thyme leaves

  • 1/4 cup
    (60 mL)

    white wine or chicken broth

  • 3 Tbsp.
    (45 mL)

    extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 Tbsp.
    (15 mL)

    roasted garlic

  • 2 cups
    (500 mL)

    cubed white baguette, 1/2 in. (1 cm) cubes

  • Salt and pepper to taste


Wash and soak beans for 8-12 hours in cold water to cover. Drain and rinse several times.

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

Bring 2 cups (500 mL) chicken stock to a boil and cook beans, covered, for 45 minutes or until tender.

Cut pumpkin into 4 pieces and scoop out seeds.

Put 3 of the pieces on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Cool.

Peel and reserve flesh.

Peel remaining piece, dice fine ― 1/4-in. (0.5-cm) dice ― and blanch 5 minutes in boiling salted water. Drain and cool. Set aside.

Heat 1st quantity of oil in a big pot on medium-high and brown onions, celery, carrots and pepper for a few minutes.

Add white wine, pumpkin flesh, remaining chicken stock, minced garlic and thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook 45 minutes.

In a big bowl, combine 2nd quantity of oil and roasted garlic. Add cubed bread, stirring to coat.

Spread croutons on a baking sheet and bake 10 minutes to brown. Set aside.

Mash cooked vegetables or purée them in a food processor, and put them back in the pot.

Add diced pumpkin and white beans. Season to taste. Serve with garlic croutons.

Source: Académie Culinaire

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