Sunday, October 28, 2007

It's Pumpkin Time!

Here's a yummy recycled recipe from last year: Pumpkin Soup served in a little pumpkin bowl.

This pureed soup is warming, but not too heavy, spiced with a little curry powder, coriander, and plenty of ground cumin. In addition to the pumpkin puree, I included onions, leeks, winter squash, potatoes, and carrots.

Pumpkin Soup:

1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
2 small potatoes, peeled and diced
1 leek
1 large carrot, diced
3/4 cup winter squash, peeled and cubed
1 tbsp butter
8 oz vegetable stock
8 oz water (or as desired)
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp curry powder
1/2 can pureed pumpkin
1/4 cup of half & half (or milk)

Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Cook the onion for 4-5 minutes over med-low heat. Add the garlic, potatoes, leek, carrot, squash, and butter. Stir well, cover, and cook over medium heat for 8 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes. Uncover and add the vegetable stock, water, cumin, coriander, and curry powder and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer. Add the pumpkin puree, season, and stir well. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes. Stir in the half & half. Simmer for 5 more minutes.

Remove from heat and puree with an immersion blender. Serve in a small cleaned out pumpkin (after removing the insides, wipe with a little olive oil), topped with sour cream and cilantro (or mini marshmallows for the kids).

And, for those of you with a sweet tooth...

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins!

Although, ce soir, I enjoyed buttery popcorn for dinner, while watching George Clooney in his new movie Michael Clayton (I have to say, I really enjoyed this movie), another pumpkin recipe is in the works. Stay tuned!


Blogger bazu said...

Lovely pumpkin post! I'm a helpless pumpkin hoarder- it's difficult to not bring as many pumpkins (and other squash) home when I see so many different kinds, colors, and sizes at the market!

9:04 AM  
Blogger Holler said...

Just love that pumpkin photo!

10:48 AM  
Blogger winedeb said...

Catherine that pumpkin bowl is too cute! Nice post with soup and muffins!

11:13 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Lovely soup, Catherine. I can't wait for the muffin recipe!

9:35 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Yum! I love this time of year and all the autumn veggies...especially pumpkin!

7:51 AM  

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