October 11, 2011

Creamed Spicy Pumpkin Soup

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Where is fall?
Autumn has definitely made it's way into my kitchen but here we are in the second week of October and today the tempurature easily hit 81 degrees. What is happening Connecticut? I mean, not to say that I am complaining because the longer I can keep the winter coats in the closet the happier I am.  

So I guess where I am going with this is that it's very strange to be cooking up such rustic fall dishes when the weather is so beautiful.  
Never the less, I have been dying to make some type of pumpkin soup. My criteria was that it had to be thick, creamy and always with a little spice. I found the perfect recipe, added a little of my own flavors and made it fabulous.
I have never made a harvest soup like this one before and I have to say it was quite easy and fun to throw together. The pumpkin soup looks incredibly rich and creamy brought that warm and inviting taste to the table.

I was very impressed with this soup and it absolutely outweighed all the other recipes I came across. It was hearty and creamy and the bacon added just the right amount saltiness to complete the dish.
Chill in the air or not, it's still that time of year when pumpkin, maple and butternut squash rain on recipes and bring us all that cozy delicious taste of fall. Bring this soup to your family table tonight and you will bring the beauty of the fall harvest to your tummies. 

{Spoons up!}
Creamed Spicy Pumpkin Soup
Photos by A Healthy Jalapeño
Recipe adopted from Simply Recipes 

4 tbsp unsalted butter
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Pinch ground cayenne pepper (optional)
3 (15 oz) cans 100 percent pumpkin or 6 cups of chopped roasted pumpkin*
5 cups of chicken broth
2 cups of milk
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
5 slices thick-cut maple bacon, for garnish
diced scallions, for garnish 

*{To make pumpkin purée, cut a sugar pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff, lie face down on a tin-foil lined baking pan. Bake at 350°F until soft, about 45 min to an hour. Cool, scoop out the flesh. Freeze whatever you don't use for future use.}

Melt butter in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add spices and stir for a minute more.

Add pumpkin and 5 cups of chicken broth; blend well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat, simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.

Transfer soup, in batches, to a blender or food processor. Cover tightly and blend until smooth. Return soup to saucepan.
With the soup on low heat, add brown sugar and mix. Slowly add milk while stirring to incorporate. Add cream. Adjust seasonings to taste. If a little too spicy, add more cream to cool it down. You might want to add a teaspoon of salt.

Serve in individual bowls. Sprinkle the top of each with your choice of toasted pumpkin seeds, crispy bacon, parsley, herbed croutons or sour cream.

Love my crispy maple bacon!
The rest of the soup I packaged up in ziplock bags for single-servings on those busy week nights. Yum!



BigBearswife said...

What a wonderful soup! Yum!

Laura Jeanne said...

We loved it. Paul even had it for lunch the next day and they I zip locked the rest for dinner next couple of weeks :)

mjskit said...

This is a great pumpkin soup. I especially love the additional of the spice! First time here and I know I'll be back.

Ellie | Gourmand Recipes said...

Your pumpkin soup looks silky smooth! I like it with bacon too :)

Jennifer @ Mother Thyme said...

This is the perfect fall soup! I love soup and make it at least once a week. I need to add this to my list!

Becka (The Elegant Eggplant) said...

YUM Laura! Pumpkin soup is one of my absolute favorites. Can't wait to make this one..

Taylor said...

We must be on the same wavelength with our squash soups :) I love the added kick to yours...and of course the bacon!!

Sumee said...

I love those colors! Great looking soup. I have to try this recipe soon.
Landed here from Dee's blog linky. You have got a nice space. :)

marla said...

what a fun pumpkin soup. Just saw this over at Deelicious :)