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Spicy Pumpkin Soup

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Creamy pumpkin soup is spiced up with jalapenos and a refreshing dollop of chipotle sour cream. Served with mulled apple cider and hearty bread, this soup goes equally well with roast pork or a spinach salad. Serves 6. Total time 30 minutes.


2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups diced onion
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced carrots
1 1/2 tablespoons minced jalapeño, seeds removed
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3 cups pumpkin purée (canned or fresh cooked)
2 cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups milk
Salt and pepper to taste

Chipotle Sour Cream
8 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon finely minced chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (see note for more info)
1 tablespoon minced cilantro


  • Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Sauté the onion, celery, carrots and jalapeño peppers, stirring frequently, for about 10-15 minutes. Add the cumin, garlic powder, pumpkin purée, broth and milk. Bring to a simmer for another 5-10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • While the soup is cooking, blend the sour cream ingredients together in a small bowl. Place a dollop of the sour cream on each soup serving.

Note on chipotle peppers
Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce are smoked jalapanos in a tangy, slightly sweet sauce. Look for them in a small can with other Mexican condiments. They can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks or frozen for up to 6 months.

190 calories, 10 g. fat, 14 mg. cholesterol, 408 mg. sodium, 22 g. carbohydrate, 2 g. fiber, 6 g. protein


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