It snowed again. We didn’t get the 10 inches that was predicted, but we got a few. It was enough to make me want flannel PJ’s, blankets, a fire in the fireplace, and soup.
I know it’s not the usual time of year for pumpkin, but who cares? I can have pumpkin in August if I want. Who says pumpkin is just for Fall? Pumpkin is one of my absolute faves and I cook with it all year long. I mean, after all, Libby’s is kind enough to put it in a can and sell it to me year round, so I should be grateful and use it, right?
So anyway, I made pumpkin soup. In February.
I love it regardless of the time of year. I hope you do too!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 piece of fresh ginger (1-1 1/2 inch), grated
- 1 16 ounce can pure pureed pumpkin (not pie filling)
- 3 cups chicken stock (reduced sodium)
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Melt 3 tablespoons of butter and the olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat
- Add onions and cook until almost translucent, 3-4 minutes
- Add garlic and cook for another minute
- Add ginger and cook while stirring for another minute, until all are soft
- Add pumpkin and chicken stock, stirring to combine
- Add spices
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 30 minutes
- Adjust seasoning, if necessary
- Stir in heavy cream and 1 tablespoon of butter
- Remove bay leaves
- Using an immersion blender, blend until relatively smooth. You can use a regular blender or food processor if you don't have an immersion blender, but you will probably want to blend only a couple of coups at a time
- Serve in individual bowls. Add another tablespoon of heavy cream on top and swirl with a spoon
If you are feeling ambitious, a garnish of candied pumpkin seeds or pistachios would be nice
Update: I added “remove bay leaves” to the recipe. Don’t forget to remove them before blending like I did!!