Wednesday, November 25, 2009

First Course - Soup

Today we're going to make pumpkin soup. This recipe is from COOKING DOT COM. Be sure to visit the website and check out the great collection of recipes.

Let's gather together some of our ingredients.

The allspice and crushed red pepper will give the soup some bite.


2 TBSP. butter
1 cup chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, chopped
3 cups canned solid pack pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie mix)
2 cups chicken broth
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1-1/2 cups canned, unsweetened coconut milk

Melt butter in a heavy, large stockpot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until golden, about 8 min.

Add pumpkin, broth, sugar, allspice and crushed pepper. Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Working in batches, puree soup in a blender until smooth. (Don't skip this step) Return to pot. Bring soup to a simmer, thinning with coconut milk until it is the desired thickness and taste. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

NOTES: Unsweetened coconut milk should be available in the Asian section of your local food store. It's a staple in Thai cooking. The soup will appear very dark until you puree it in the blender. My batch was VERY thick and even the coconut milk didn't thin it down enough for me so I added more chicken broth.

You can garnish the soup with toasted coconut if you wish.

I've had Pumpkin Curry soup many times before. This was different and was a hit with my family. The "kick" doesn't become apparent until a few seconds after you take a spoonful.

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I hope everyone is moving along in their preparations for Thanksgiving. Thankfully I don't have to cook this year. My sister has invited the whole family over to her house and we're reallly looking forward to it.

Have a wonderful holiday.


Ruta M. said...

Here in the UK if you want to cook with pumpkin it has to be fresh pumpkin because I don't think I have ever seen tinned pumpkin. Maybe in fancy delicatessens in the city but not out here in the country. I never did find a pumpkin pie recipe using fresh pumpkin.

Anonymous said...

The turkey is cooked and carved and in the crockpot for tomorrow. The pumpkin pies are baked. I'll be up early to bake the apple pies, peel potatoes and squash and do some general clean up. I hope your day is great!

BellaDella said...

I just wanted to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving. I have not been around too much lately but wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog and am so thankful for my blogging friends.


lifeinredshoes said...

I'm afraid if I served this first we would skip the turkey!
Have a lovely Thanksgiving.

Lisa D. said...

This sounds very interesting. I think I will have to try it.

Kitty said...

I may give this a try...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Stuck on Sunflowers said...

The soup was awesome. I loved the little kick after a few spoonfuls. Most of all I loved the company. I give thanks that your family is back in our lives. Happy Thanksgiving!

Suzanne said...

Hey girl....go check out today's post. Your baby boy is featured.

KatKit13 said...

I saw this recipe and pulled it myself! Good to know it was decent. I'm going to try it on a cold snowy winter's night.