Pumpkin is in the Air!

October! The month for the end of harvesting, bright autumn colors, and pumpkins! I’m never sorry to see the end of one season, because there is always something to look forward to in the next. For example, pulling out warm-weather clothes from storage is like being reunited with old friends – and sometimes you get to go shopping for “new friends” to join your closet! For those with lawns, you can put away your mower, weed wacker, and edger. Even raking leaves is optional; after all, why mess with Mother Nature’s natural compost pile? And a hot soup is never as satisfying at any time of the year as it is in the fall. In honor of this wonderful season,  I’m going to share one of my favorite fall soup recipes. I love this served with grilled cheese toast on sourdough or wheat bread. Enjoy!

Curried Pumpkin Soup

~ Dice an onion and saute in butter and olive oil in a large pot.

~ Peel and cut a small pumpkin into 1 to 1-1/2 inch pieces. Preheating in the microwave for about 5 minutes (Poke holes in the skin with a fork first!) helps to make this task a lot easier. (Butternut squash works well and is easy to find. I used to get Blue Moon pumpkins when I first started making this soup, but they aren’t common here.)

~ Put pumpkin in pot along with enough vegetable stock to cover.

~ Cut 2 or 3 potatoes into 2 inch pieces and add to pot.

~ Add salt and pepper to taste.

~ Add 3 to 6 T of curry powder, depending on taste and strength of your curry spice. Taste at the end and if it still isn’t strong enough, add more. I love the taste of curry, so I usually add a lot!

~ You can add whatever vegetables you have on hand that you want to put in – celery is a good one to add, but if you only use onions, pumpkin, and potatoes, you will still have a wonderful soup.

~ Cook until all vegetables are very soft.

~ Using a hand immersion blender, puree soup until smooth. If you don’t have a hand blender, puree in batches in a regular blender. If you don’t have a blender, use a potato masher until you have the smoothest possible soup.

What do you love about fall? 🙂


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Tammy
    Oct 20, 2010 @ 11:11:14

    Hum, I’ll have to show this recipe to Joe and see if I can talk him into making it….. Thanks!


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