Pumpkin Soup

If you don’t feel much like knitting


you can always go to the commissary, coming back with the ingredients for Pumpkin Soup.

Take two surly teenagers and get them to peel, remove the slimy seeds and quarter the $0.85 pumpkin.

Then chunk it up into a nice pan (isn’t that just a wonderful WMF pan that I found on sale? – big enough that it makes having a glass topped range with five heating spots well worth while.)


while the pumpkin is cooking, just barely covered in a layer of water. (tarragon, cilantro, onion, and parsley added to improve the flavor).

quickly sauté some green onions for topping


After running the now cooked pumpkin through a food processor, add back in the cooking liquid and make a couple of decisions.

1) Dairy meal? Add in a cup of light cream –

and serve with warm rolls and salad, let your dinner companions salt and pepper to taste and top with the green onions.


2) Non-dairy? Make sure that you really have pureed the pumpkin well. Add a cup of red wine and let it simmer long enough to cook off the alcohol. Serve as a side soup, or with dark bread and salad.

3) Spicy? Add cumin while cooking, plus a bit of cayenne. If you don’t like to add red wine to your cooking, a small amount of vinegar will improve the bite.

Whole prep time is less than an hour (including the complaining teens).

We watched Surf’s Up on DvD. Glad I hauled my knitting back out. Shall we say – not one of the greater children’s animated flicks? Except for the chicken.


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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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2 Responses to Pumpkin Soup

  1. fbz says:

    lovely simple soup recipe! i shall have to try it. my significant other (whose first language is not english) found surf’s up amusing in that it sports one of the animated american flick “default” plots complete with the kooky sidekick, young gun and recluse genius. he liked the chicken best as well.

  2. amanda j says:

    Yum! I have never made pumpkin soup. I should try yours; I think even I could do that!

    We have not seen Surf’s Up yet, and I must say I am not looking forward to it. I just don’t connect to animated penguins!

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