This, my friends is the first pumpkin recipe I have posted on my blog! And it’s a winner if I do say so myself. Savory Pumpkin soup, rich and creamy and oh so comforting.
Made with fresh sugar pumpkin, butternut squash, onion and garlic….
…simmered in homemade broth with herbs and spices…
…and then blended with half and half (or coconut milk for those living dairy free.)
To peel the pumpkin and butternut squash you will need a “y” peeler and a really sharp knife! (affiliate links) With these two tools peeling and cutting is a snap, without them it can be a real chore.
This lovely, comforting soup freezes beautifully. I freeze mine in mason jars and thaw the day before I want to serve.
The Recipe: Savory Pumpkin Soup
Tips and what you will need: (affiliate links) You need a good knife and and y peeler to make peeling and cutting these vegetables a snap! I use a blendtec blender for this job, but you could also use an immersion blender, it will just take longer. Sugar pumpkins are those little pumpkins you see in the store around the holidays. Large pumpkins tend to be stringy and flavorless, but the small pumpkins are sweet and flavorful. Sometimes sugar pumpkins are also called baking pumpkins.
- 6 cups sugar pumpkin, peeled and cubed
- 6 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed
- 64 oz chicken broth (8 cups)
- 1½ tsp ground black pepper
- 1½ tsp dried marjoram
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (or more if you like it hot)
- 3 cloves of minced garlic
- 1 large chopped yellow onion
- 2 T butter
- 3 cups half and half
- Sea salt to taste
- Dried cranberries and salted roasted pistachios for garnish (optional)
- Use a "Y" peeler to peel pumpkin and butternut squash. Cut in half and use spoon to scrape out seeds. Cut into 1" cubes. In large pot, bring broth, squash, pumpkin, marjoram, black pepper and cayenne pepper to boil. Simmer for 15 minutes or until butternut squash and pumpkin are very tender. While squash is simmering, sauté onion in a small pan with garlic and butter till soft. When squash has cooked for 15 minutes add sautéed onions and half and half to squash mixture, stir. Allow to cool until just warm. Ladle into a blender and very carefully puree until smooth. You will have to split into portions to fit your blender. Return to pot and heat thru. Do not bring to a boil again. Add salt to taste and more cayenne if desired. Garnish and serve. Yum!
I hope you find this recipe as delicious and comforting as I do ~ Linda Spiker
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