Combine all ingredients (except salt and pepper) in a saucepan and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer until pumpkin is tender.
Remove from heat and use a stick blender to blend until smooth. If you don’t have a stick
blender, use a blender – see notes.
Season to taste with salt and pepper, then serve with crusty bread.
Variations: For a richer finish, substitute the milk with cream, but add after blending and do not bring to boil.
Garnishes: Dollop of yogurt, sour cream or creme fraiche goes wonderfully.