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Adventures in Pumpkin

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The local grocery stores have been sold out of canned pumpkin for weeks so, when I finally spotted some yesterday, I loaded up with at least eight cans of the stuff.  I was anxious to use some right away and decided to experiment with pumpkin soup.  I browned a tablespoon of diced yellow onion in a tablespoon of olive oil.

I poured in 3.5 cups (a 29-ounce can) of pumpkin.

I mixed in half a cup of unsweetened applesauce.  I thought it might add some natural sweetness but balance out the pumpkin.

I poured in 1.5 cups of vegetable stock, added a dash of nutmeg, and dumped probably a tablespoon of cinnamon in it.  (I love cinnamon.)  I mixed everything up and let it simmer, covered, on low heat.  (Please–cover, cover, cover your pumpkin or you will quickly have a pumpkin-colored kitchen!)  There was no need to use a blender–I just poured a bit into a bowl and garnished it with roasted pumpkin seeds.

It was…okay.  It wasn’t bad, but I wasn’t knocked out by it.  I definitely should’ve chopped up the onions a little finer.  Other than that, I’m not sure what I should’ve done to give it more flavor.  Left out the applesauce?  Added a tablespoon of maple syrup?  Added cream?  I don’t know.

What do you use in your pumpkin soup?

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Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

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I love autumn.  I love the crisp air, the multicolored leaves, and the food.  Of course, a healthy lifestyle means I need to lay off the giant slices of apple pie and look to healthier options, so I experimented with butternut squash soup.

I bought a couple of large squash, washed them, cut off the ends, and cut them in half.

The oven was heated to 400 degrees.  I roasted the squash for 25 minutes.  I took out the larger pieces that seemed soft, and left the smaller, harder pieces in the oven for another 10 minutes.

I trimmed off the skin and cut up the squash into pieces less than an inch thick.  I threw the pieces into a big pot and poured about 6 cups of vegetable stock over the squash.  A lot of squash soup recipes call for onions, leeks, or celery.  I didn’t add any of those ingredients because (1) I’m lazy and (2) they were already in the vegetable stock.

I seasoned the soup with salt, pepper, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon.  The soup simmered on medium heat for 30 minutes.  I tasted it, and added more cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

I poured the soup into a blender, in batches, and pulsed the blender for less than 5 seconds.  Voila!  Spicy squash soup.

It was spicy like pumpkin pie filling, but not as sweet.  A pinch of almond slices gave it a more complex, nutty taste.  Hubby and I each enjoyed a bowl for dinner, and we had enough left over for probably 4 or 5 more bowls.

What’s your favorite squash dish?