Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Spiced Pumpkin Soup

These adorable turkey bowls were a splurge years
ago from Spiegel catalog.  They just needed to be
part of our Thanksgiving dinner so we had to
add soup or salad as a first course to our dinner.
The favorite soup course has been Spiced Pumpkin Soup.

If you follow Tablescapes Thursday, you saw me tease
with a promise of the recipe for this great soup.

Let's life the turkey's lid and take a peek.

I like my soup creamy and rich and thick.

This fun garnish adds crunch and texture to a silky smooth
soup with complex hints of herbs and spices.

For todays soup, I decided to lightly roast some small pumpkins
that I grew in my garden.  These will become the soup bowls
for tonights supper.

Cut the tops off and using a sharp spoon ( a serated grapefruit
spoon worked really well), clean out the seeds and pulp.  Lightly
salt and roast for 25-30 minutes at 400 degrees.

Spiced Pumpkin Soup Recipe

1/4 C. butter
1 C. onion
1 clove garlic
1 tsp. curry powder
1/4 tsp. ground coriander
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground white pepper
1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper
3 C. chicken stock
1 1/2 C. canned pumpkin puree or you
can puree your own (I used canned)
1 C. cream or half and half
2 T. cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 C. cold water

Melt butter in saucepan and saute onion and garlic until
translucent.  Don't let brown.  Add spices (next 6 ingredients)
and saute for 1 minute.  Add the chicken stock, pumpkin
and then the cream or half and half. 

Use a hand held blender to puree the soup.  Be careful as it
will be hot.  Or if you don't have a hand held blender, pour
it in batches into your blender and puree.  Pour through a
fine mesh sieve to remove any small pieces to create a super
smooth soup. 

Place back in the saucepan and bring to a simmer.  Add the
cornstarch dissolved in water.  Heat until thickened.

Garnish as desired.  I used toasted and salted pepitas (pumpkin
seeds), crumbled bacon and crumbled croutons.

Serves 4.

If you would like a little more heat, add 1/2 tsp. liquid hot sauce.

Hope you enjoy this yummy pumpkin soup.  It is great all winter.

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  1. Hi Jacqueline...

    Well I just had to come back to check out your recipe for the creamy, spicy pumpkin soup! sounds sooo very delicious! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe with us! And once again...I love those pretty crystal turkey tureens...GORGEOUS!!!

    Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!
    Chari @Happy To Design

  2. Those bowls are so neat. I think they would make eating the soup so much fun. Of course, with soup as delicious as yours, I'd eat it no matter what it was in.

  3. The soup sounds awesome! I am saving this recipe.

  4. Oh, your turkey bowls and the soup sound exquisite.
    How beautifully derorated your table is too!
    Blessings from SA

  5. Perfect match the turkeys and the soup..I like having some special things for specific recipes..Very cute!

  6. I was hoping you'd post this recipe... I saw it on your tablescape. Sounds so good. Thanks for sharing!

  7. your soup looks darling with all those tasty ganishes. i love the turkeys too, i have chickens, but now you have me wanting to add to the flock...

  8. Yum I'm totally trying this one out! Ah I just love your blog!

  9. This sounds out of this world good...and different from anything I've fixed for fall.

    Your comments about my daughter's wedding reception just put the biggest smile on my face. I feel like you enjoyed it as a guest and that makes me happy. It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun seeing the whole concept come together.

    Thanks again and please come visit me another time!

  10. I love your turkey bowls, very cute! Your soup recipe sounds delish:)

  11. oh... I love your blog, Jacqueline! But it always makes me hungry! LOL :-)

    It looks so lovely.

    Luciane at

  12. What a delightful soup and serving them in the pumpkin bowls is a stroke of genius. Sooo cute. Love your turkey, too. :)

    One of my grandsons was over the other day (he's 17) and I had just made some stuffed biscuits..he was so impressed and loved them. He wants to make some for his family..:)
    If ya'll try them, I hope your son loves them, too. :))

  13. Your soup looks so good especially served in those pretty turkey dishes....Christine

  14. Love the presentation of your delicious pumpkin soup.

  15. Great presentation of the soup! The bowls look super cool!

  16. This sounds so delicious and love how you served it! I can just imagine how wonderful the pepitas taste with each bite too ;)


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