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Author Notes: Just as I thought I had exhausted my use of pumpkin for the season, along came an idea in my noggin for some pumpkin soup.
It’s smooth, it’s creamy, it’s comfort in a bowl!
But I knew I didn’t want to use cream, and I also thought about giving it an Asian twist.
So I based the recipe on my Thai Ginger Coconut Chicken Soup, by replacing the cream with coconut milk and including other Thai flavors, such as ginger, fish sauce and lime juice. I knew I wanted to incorporate peanuts somehow, and needed a little heat/sweet to jazz up the pot, so the PB & J motif took off from there.
I know I lamented last week about how a lot of my recipes are subjected to the rigors of trial and error, but this one came together like a charm! Remind me of that the next time I complain about the hardships of recipe development, will ya?
—Sherry K-Jazzy Gourmet
Makes 5 1/2 cups
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh chopped ginger
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 2-3 tablespoons pepper jelly
- peanuts for garnish
- In a small skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, and cook for a few minutes. Add garlic and ginger and continue to cook a few more minutes until onion is softened. Remove from heat and place in blender. Add the chicken stock, coconut milk, lime juice , fish sauce, peanut butter and pumpkin to the blender and blend on high until smooth.
- Strain mixture into a medium saucepan and heat thoroughly. When serving, ladle soup into individual bowls and garnish with a teaspoon or 2 of pepper jelly and peanuts. Stir to combine and enjoy!
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