Kallee is a cook, recipe writer, and a field editor of the Taste of Home family of magazines.
Her recipes have been featured in Simple and Delicious, Country woman, and Taste of home magazines.
When we finally get a bit of cool weather, I began to crave soup.
This is a recipe I have served to many groups, including tea parties. It is unique, not at all what you may expect. I get a kick out of the folks that say they never tried it, wrinkle their nose…..and then come back for seconds!
This is a requested staple at my daughter’s pumpkin carving party every fall, and would be a great addition to the Thanksgiving table. Sometimes I garnish the soup with croutons, or a small dollop of sour cream.
1/2 c butter
1 c chopped onion
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 celery stalks, sliced
-saute the above over medium heat till the onion is nearly caramelized, and celery is cooked.
1/2 tsp each -salt, dried basil, dried
1/4 tsp each pepper and paprika
-add seasoning to onion mixture and cook 2 min longer over low heat
4 c chicken broth
1 16 oz can pumpkin puree (not pie mix)
Place in a soup kettle, add onion mixture and simmer for 20 minutes.
Cool slightly and puree in a blender in batches, or use an immersion blender- till you achieve a creamy smooth texture (a few chunks of veggies are still nice)
Return to pot to warm, add:
1 c Half and Half (or whole milk will work)
-stir into pot just before serving and gently warm. Do not bring to a boil or the cream will separate. It will taste fine, but not look as nice.
*hint* next time you have left over French bread, cut it into cubes. Toss with a bit of olive oil and garlic salt. Put onto a cookie sheet in a low oven, about 300 degrees and bake till crisp. If you store your home made croutons in an airtight container they will last for weeks- ready for your soups and salads.