California Central Coast Recipes

Pumpkin Soup

2017 TheRomanticTable.com
This soup requires a good sweet cooking pumpkin, ideally a Kabocha pumpkin (a Japanese pumpkin found locally in Farmers Markets and grocery stores) or a sweet tasting cooking pumpkin. It's pretty easy to make.-The hardest thing about it is cutting the pumpkin open! -After that, it's a cinch! The soup is a bright yellow and it's so creamy and mellow; your insides will "smile!"


www.theromantictable.com 2017, Pumpkin Soup
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
MAKES 6 SERVINGS.
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Ingredients.

2-1/2 pounds raw pumpkin , cut into bite-sized cubes
12 ounces white onion , chopped
3 Tablespoons Unsalted butter
Extra-virgin olive oil if needed
4 c Chicken broth (reduced sodium)
3 cups whole milk
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste


Preparation Directions.

1 Cut pumpkin, remove seeds and pulp and cut the raw pumpkin into bite-sized cubes.

2 In a large stockpot, melt the butter over medium heat and add the onion and saute until onion is softened. If mixture starts to stick, rather than adding more butter, add a tablespoon or so of Extra virgin olive oil.

3 Add the pumpkin and saute with the onion. When the pumpkin looks a little softened, add the chicken broth. Simmer for 20 - 25 minutes, stirring frequently being sure to pick up pumpkin mixture from bottom of pan and redistributing evenly.

4 Add the milk and stir well. Heat milk to almost a boil BUT do NOT boil.

5 Season with salt and pepper to personal taste.

6 With a slotted spoon, remove half of pumpkin-onion mixture and puree in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Return pureed pumpkin to stockpot. (If you do not have a food processor, mash pumpkin by hand.)

7 Mix thoroughly and correct seasonings.

8 Serve in soup bowls as an appetizer or a lunch.


Wine and Food Pairing and Serving Suggestions.

A cold crisp Fume Blanc goes well with this.

A tip from Sue!

Make your salt and pepper your "right -hand" aid

An easy tool to have handy at all times in your kitchen is your customized combined salt and pepper shaker. Buy a clear plastic shaker with a handle on it. Make yourself a "customized salt and pepper combo or "house blend." Ours is three parts ground pepper to one part salt. Having one of these handy really cuts the prep time down when doing breading and preliminary cooking!