Pumpkin Soup in a Pumpkin

As a pumpkin pie-loving culture, Americans have grown up believing the flesh to be the most important part of the pumpkin. Originally, however—some 6,000 years ago in Mexico—pumpkins were cultivated for their seeds. This recipe proves that the flesh isn't just for pies but makes a delicious soup as well. We found it best to use a heavy pumpkin, with thick flesh that keeps it intact during baking.