Tis the season for Smoky Pumpkin Soup, and obviously all soups since I posted one last week as well. This soup is better for you than a pumpkin spiced latte, tastier than plain roasted pumpkin, and perfect for topping with all your favorite goodies – I chose apple matchsticks, sunflower seeds, and salty feta cheese. Don’t you just want to dive in (and then add more toppings as you go!)? And did I mention it takes only 20 minutes to prepare?
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup yellow onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon red chili powder
- 1 quart vegetable or chicken stock
- 29 ounces pumpkin puree
- Salt to taste
- Garnishes (apple, sunflower seeds, feta, etc)
- In a soup pot, heat the olive oil on medium and sautee chopped onion and minced garlic for about 5 minutes.
- Add in spices and stir for one minute until fragrant.
- Add in vegetable stock and pumpkin puree and stir the soup until the pumpkin incorporates into the stock (I used a whisk which made it easy). Let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Add salt to taste and puree with an immersion blender or a food processor if desired for a creamier consistency.
- Garnish with thinly sliced apple matchsticks, sunflower seeds, and crumbled feta (if not vegan).
I brought this soup to a Canadian Thanksgiving celebration two weekends ago, and it was slurped up as an appetizer to the honkin’ turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, and all the fixings. Seriously my ideal meal. I used it as a practice run for my soup recipe, and would honestly love it if any of you want to get together for another Thanksgiving… before Thanksgiving. It just warms you from the inside out to have a lovely group of friends around a table eating good food!
Do you have plans yet for anything special that will appear on your table in about a month? Consider this pumpkin soup as a low-calorie, flavorful appetizer – not too bad of a distraction from the turkey, stuffing and the mashed sweet potatoes covered in marshmallows (even foodies are allowed to enjoy that).
Check out my round-up of recipes from last year if you’re hosting the Thanksgiving party this year.