Simple Pumpkin Soup

Simple Pumpkin Soup

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion
3 thin slices of ginger
1 medium potato
1 1/4 pounds pumpkin flesh, cut into 1-inch chunks
4 cups vegetable stock
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon salt, more to taste
1/2 cup milk

Put the oil in a large pot and set over medium-high heat. When hot, put in the onion and ginger. Stir and fry for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the onion bits just begin to turn brown at the edges. Turn the heat to medium and saute for another 2 minutes, or until the onions are light brown. Put in the potato and pumpkin pieces and stir once or twice. Now put in the stock, bay leaves, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover, lower the heat, and simmer gently for 45 minutes. Remove the ginger slices and the bay leaves. In several batches, blend the soup to a smooth puree in a blender. Return the soup to the pot, add the milk, and stir to mix. Reheat if necessary and serve.