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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Robust Pumpkin Soup Recipe for a Cold January Day

It never made it above freezing yesterday but despite the frigid temperature my husband decided to clean the chimney.  We use a wood stove almost every day during the winter and like to be diligent about keeping the pipes clean.  When I watched him climb the ladder from the upstairs window, he was looking rather chilly.  I felt I owed him a nice hot lunch!  I had made this recipe years ago and thought it would be perfect to warm up with on this cold January day.
Start with two medium potatoes peeled and cut up into small pieces.  You'll also need one can of pumpkin puree, a half teaspoon of minced onion, a half teaspoon of sea salt, quarter teaspoon of ground pepper, a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon, one teaspoon of nutmeg, four and three quarters cups of organic chicken broth, a cup and a half of heavy whipping cream and a loaf of fresh bread; your choice.
Melt two tablespoons of  butter on medium heat and add the minced onion.
Once the butter is melted, add the potatoes and cook for about five minutes.
Add the chicken broth.  Cover the mixture and boil until the potatoes are tender.
Stir in the pumpkin.  At this point you'll need to puree the entire mixture either using a food processor or an immersion blender.
Now it's time to add the spices.  Reduce the heat, cover the mixture and cook for an additional thirty minutes, stirring occasionally.  The mixture smells wonderful at this point!
Add the heavy cream.
Blend the mixture and simmer for an additional ten minutes.
Slice into a nice fresh loaf of bread.
Ladle into a bowl.....
.....and sprinkle with some shredded Swiss cheese.
Perfect for lunch or dinner.  Delicious!  You'll want two bowls.

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