Creamy Pumpkin Soup

This is not any ordinary pumpkin soup, this is the best most spectacular pumpkin soup.  I was (am -Mike) a particular eater.  I blame it on my strange relationship to smells.  If food smells ‘off’ I won’t go near it.  Mike knows if he wants to introduce  a new food to me he needs to describe it to me.  Because on the other hand I am a sucker when it comes to great ‘sounding’ food!

Any-hoo!  On my weekly hike with my girlfriend Juliette she often describes her lastest experiments in the kitchen.  When she described this pumpkin soup I kept after her for the recipe.  She would get to describing the Parmesean croutons with ground hazelnuts floating on top of the soup and I was a goner.  She has that lilting Aussie accent with a bit of a sing-song to her voice that makes every thing sound better coming out of her mouth.  She could describe poop and make it sound good.

Juliette is a ‘dash here, sprinkle there’ kind of girl (something I do not understand in the least!) so she would repeat the recipe and then tell me to have Mike make it for me.

I did…He didn’t…I’d ask again and wait for my GOLLDANGED SOUP!  Fin..a..ll..y… another friend (Alessandra) came to my soup rescue by giving us a ‘hippy’ pumpkins from her garden.  Side note:  I believe we all refer to these pumpkins as ‘hippy’ pumpkins because a couple of hippies from the farmers market sell them and we don’t know their real names.

Now I had my recipe and my pumpkin but no one to make it for me!  Wahh!

Yeah, I don’t like to cook.  My real dislike is chopping.  It’s so tedious and boring.  Something even a glass of wine cannot make better.

I was desparate so I pulled out the pumpkin.

Molly:  MIKE!!….MIKE!!!….The recipe calls for pumpkin puree…I have a pumpkin!  What the H-E-double hockey sticks am I suppose to do with a whole pumpkin?!

Mike:  Chil-lax!  It’s easy… I’ll walk you through it….

Molly: There’s no chopping involved right?

The hippy pumpkin

Chop up the pumpkin

Chop up the veggies

And chop some more

Chop the pumpkin

Parmesan croutons

Soup's on!

And now for the recipe!

Ingredients

1/4 c hazelnuts

3/4 c finely grated Parmesan

Olive oil to drizzle

4 tbsp unsalted butter

1/2 c finely chopped yellow onion

1/3 c finely chopped carrot

1/3 c finely chopped celery

4 tsp finely chopped fresh sage leaves

1 tsp ground cinnamon

3/4 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp nutmeg

2 1/2 tsp minced garlic

1 c half and half

1/4 c cornstarch

3 c chicken broth

15 oz pumpkin puree

1/3 c packed brown sugar

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Pumpkin-

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drizzle some olive oil on it.

Chop and gut the pumpkin, place on baking sheet, cook until tender.

While the pumpkin is cooking….

Parmesan croutons-

Get a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Add the hazelnuts to a large soup pot over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 4-5 minutes.  Remove the hazelnuts to a small bowl and reserve the pot.

Sprinkle the cheese into 8 thin rounds (about 2″ wide) on the baking sheet.  Finely grind the toasted hazelnuts in a food processor.  Drop a dolup on the cheese rounds.  Bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 5-6 minutes.  This can be done while the pumpkin is cooking.  Take rounds out and set to the side.

Soup-

Once the pumpkin is ready take it out and chop it into smaller chunks.  Toss it into the food processor and puree.  Set aside.

Add the butter to the pot the hazelnuts were toasted in over medium heat.  Cook whisking frequently until the butter star to brown and foam, about 2-3 minutes.  Stir in the onion, carrot, celery, sage, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg and cook until tender, stirring frequently.  Stir in the garlic and cook an additional minute.

Stir together the half-and-half and cornstarch in a liquid measuring cup and pour it into the pot along with the chicken broth, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil over medium-low heat, stirring frequently.  When the soup starts to thicken reduce the heat to low.  Using an immersion blender (it’s the only way to go!) puree the soup until a smooth consistency is reached and simmer until ready to serve.

Ladle the soup into bowls and float the cheese croutons on top!

Mike:  See Honey, it wasn’t that hard!

Molly:  Never again,…Ne-ver…again…

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Once again we couldn’t help but share our creamy pumpkin soup with others!

 

Hearth

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9 Comments

  1. Mommy Sha
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Adding it to our thanksgiving dinner.  It can replace the Julia Child’s carrot soup.  mommy sha

    • Posted April 4, 2012 at 6:35 am | Permalink

      This is a great replacement! You really want to replace your 40 year old tradition? What’s next!!

      • Nino
        Posted April 4, 2012 at 8:33 am | Permalink

         and she got it from Corey’s mom, so who knows how old it is?!

  2. Mike's Mom
    Posted April 4, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Sounds terrific!  Now I have a direction to go with the pumpkin puree in my freezer.  Yes, I’m already half-way there!  I’ll decalorize a bit by using Greek yogurt at the end instead of 1/2 + 1/2.  thanks for the inspriation.

  3. Posted April 4, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    I love butternut squash soup so I know I would love this recipe!

  4. heidi
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    Sounds divine. But I have no time. Molly, will you come make this for me?  Pretty please?…. : )

    • Posted April 6, 2012 at 7:38 am | Permalink

      Hmmm…..ummmm….let’s see?….NO!
      But all come for a visit!  How about I make you a nice batch of chocolate chip cookies.  Not chopping and I make them in a record 10 minutes (16mins to bake)

  5. Posted April 8, 2012 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    This pumpkin soup sounds delicious – I love the addition of the hazelnuts, and what wonderful spices you have used! 

  6. Posted April 9, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    This soup looks amazing! I love that you combine sweet and savory in this soup. I am so sad that I have used up all the pumpkins from my garden. Definitely bookmarking this to try.

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