Today is another dinner food–pumpkin soup, which I found interesting. There are changes I would make to this if I made it again, but we’ll get to that. It was certainly tasty! And filling, as well. I couldn’t even get past one bowl. On to the recipe!
What You’ll Need:
- 4 tbsps butter
- 2 tbsps onion powder
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1/2 lb russet potato
- 1/2 lb sweet potato
- 6 cups pumpkin flesh (or 3 cups pureed pumpkin)
- 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 tbsp parsley flakes
- 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
- 2 tsps ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 2-3 tsps ground sage
- salt and pepper, to taste
- bacon, diced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- applewood smoked cheddar, to taste*
Step 01: Prepare the bacon. I hate hate hate frying bacon (it splatters everywhere) so I bake it in the oven at 400°F for 15 minutes. Make sure to put aluminum foil on your cookie sheet or they’ll turn super crispy. Once it’s done, dry it on a towel and then dice it.
Step 02: Dice your vegetables and dump them into a large stock pot with the butter. Cook for about 2-3 minutes and then add chicken broth. Cook for 25 minutes, or until the vegetables are completely soft.
Step 03: Dump the contents of the pot into a blender or food processor. Puree until completely smooth.
Step 04: Put everything back in the pot, adding your seasonings, cream, and lemon juice.
Step 05: Pour soup into a bowl, top with bacon and cheddar and serve hot.
This was a very thick, very sweet soup. So my changes would be:
- add a little more liquid to thin the soup
- exchange the sweet potato for more russet potatoes or maybe zucchini
- definitely use pre-pureed pumpkin, because dicing it was a pain
- add cheese to the soup itself, not just as a topping
- add more garlic, because everything is better with more garlic 😛
That last one may or may not be a joke. (Hint: It’s not.)
I left the recipe as is, though, because maybe you like it sweet. Who knows? 🙂
It was certainly an experience!
*Any cheddar will do, but the smokiness of the applewood smoked cheddar gave it a much needed savoriness.