By Jennell Dukovac, CanadianMomEh
With all the pumpkin recipes this time of year, I thought I would do something different; creamy pumpkin soup. I had never heard of it until two years ago when I was blessed with a bounty of pumpkins.
One of my favourite recipes is Pumpkin soup and not just any kind of soup; Spicy Pumpkin soup! Yummy! The best part is that it is easy and I never knew that it could be so simple and cheap. I went to the store recently to buy a can of pumpkin. It was over $4 (small can) and I would need 3 cans for this recipe. So instead I went and bought two sugar pumpkins for $5.00 and baked them myself. Saving money is always a good thing. I even had leftover pumpkin to use in other recipes, yeah!
Here are the ingredients and directions.
- 4 Tbs butter.
- 2 medium onions.
- 2 tsp minced garlic.
- 1/4 tsp crushed red peppers.
- 2-3 tsp curry powder.
- 1/2-1 tsp ground coriander.
- 1 pinch ground cayenne pepper (optional, more if you like it spicy).
- 6 cups of chopped roasted pumpkin (if you like, you can use 3 small cans of pumpkin).
- 5 cups chicken broth (or veggie broth). I use the stuff I make.
- 1/2 cup brown sugar.
- 2 cups milk.
- 1/2 cup cream.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- In a pot melt the butter, over medium high heat.
- Add the garlic and onions and sauté for about 5 min.
- Add the spices and cook for an additional minute.
- Add pumpkin chunks and broth. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 10-15 min, stir occasionally. The pumpkin will get soft.
- Use a wand blender to puree the soup until smooth. If you don’t have a wand blender, it’s ok, just transfer batches of soup to a food processor or blender until all the chunks are gone, then return to pot.
- Turn heat to low, stir in brown sugar, milk and 1/2 cup cream.
- At this point, taste the soup to see if it is spicy enough or not. If it is too spicy, add a little more cream. If it is not spicy enough, add a little more spice.
- Enjoy with fresh bread. It’s delicious comfort food.
My family loves this recipe on chilly days. It’s full of spice and the flavour is to die for (okay maybe not die for, but pretty close!).
Jennell is a mom of four who loves to read, bake bread and watch crime dramas when she has the time. She is active in her church and has worked with youth groups for many years. She loves spending time with her family, playing games and reading together. Her current passion is learning how to make her house a home.