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Soup Joumou (Pumpkin Soup)

Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 9:16 am
by Isabelle Fassinou
Soup Joumou (Pumpkin Soup)

1 lb. beef stew meat
2 lb. joumou (pumpkin)
1 lb. chicken
celery leaves
1 lb. cabbage
3 large carrots
1 onion
6 med. potatoes
3 cloves
1/4 qt. water
3 medium sized turnips
1 Tbs. lemon juice or vinegar
1 hot pimento, whole with stem
1/4 lb. vermicelli

Use a large kettle to boil the beef and the chicken. Remove froth. When the meat begins to be tender (about 2 hours or 1 hour in pressure cooker) add all vegetables. Continue boiling until meat is tender and vegetables are cooked (1/2 hour). Turn off the heat and let cool. Cube the meat and strain the vegetables through a fine sieve. Return cubed meat and liquid to kettle and bring to boil. Add the pimiento, being careful not to break or puncture it. (It is added more for aroma than flavor). Simmer until vermicelli is cooked.