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Seasonal Pumpkin Soup

Posted in Uncategorized on October 10, 2009 by mrwil

Pumpkin Soup

**Other, similar ground-vine veg. (such as Japanese Ueki Squash) may also be used as an alternate.

1 Medium Pumpkin (make sure the outside appearance is unblemished, stands evenly (vertical) by itself & has a nice stem)
1 Large Spanish (yellow) Onion – peeled/Diced
1 Turnip (equal to size of Onion) – peeled/Diced
2 quarts Chicken stock
¼ tsp. allspice
¼ tsp. Ground Cumin
I pint heavy cream
½ stick unsalted butter
Fresh wedge Romano Cheese / hand grater
Sea Salt
Fresh ground pepper

*Fresh French Bread (optional)

Open the pumpkin at the top as you would for a Halloween Jack-O-Lantern, creating a useable “lid”. Scrape out all seeds & sinew. Then, scrape out enough pumpkin flesh to have:
1/3 Pumpkin
1/3 Onion
1/3 Turnip

Put all Vegs in pot w/ chicken stock & bring just to a boil, then reduce heat & simmer until all vegs are soft. Then, use a blender of food processor to bring the soup to an even consistency. (this may mean blending the soup in stages due to size restrictions of your blender)…Then, put the soup back in the cooking pot – again raising heat to simmer.

***At this point, fill the pumpkin with hot water & set aside. Also make certain your table is set w/ bowls & guests are ready to eat.***

Whisk the heavy cream into the soup…then the butter…salt/pepper to taste…& temperature of soup is hot but NOT boiling.
SHOWTIME! : Pour the water out of the pumpkin, then immediately pour the soup into the pumpkin & put on the “lid”. Carry the pumpkin to the dining table for presentation for your guests. As you ladle out the soup into each bowl, hand grate Romano cheese onto the surface of each, for that special finishing touch. Fresh French bread is a perfect side.

*BEWARE…even the pickiest of eaters in your group of friends/family will beg you to make this seasonal soup every year !