As I wake up to the first day of fall, there it is, lingering in the dark corner of my bedroom, the faint smell of pumpkin spice. Just like a magic switch, the first raindrops of the fall have washed away all the things summery. Instead of ice coffee and tea, we will be sipping pumpkin spice latte and pumpkin spice tea. The Flower Power IPA -- so yesterday -- instead, the Pumpkin Spice Ale is our beer of the moment. Goodbye lime pie, hello pumpkin pie. And as for the soup... Wait, it does not seem that there is anything like pumpkin spice soup. At least according to Google. And Google is to be trusted. Just in case, I doublecheck on food52, Food & Wine, Bon Apetit, Saveur... Nada! There is the spicy pumpkin soup, and spiced pumpkin soup, and pumpkin soup with spices, but believe it or not, despite all things pumpkin spice around us, the mankind has yet to come up with the pumpkin spice soup.
And so here it is, my small contribution to the mankind... —QueenSashy
small Sugar Pie pumpkin, about 3 - 3 1/2 lb
medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped
large garlic clove, minced
chicken broth (plus an extra cup or so if needed for thinning)
A pinch of ground cloves
A pinch of ground cardamom
Salt and freshly ground pepper
In This Recipe
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Halve the pumpkin, remove the seeds and cut it into about 8-10 slices. Reserve the seeds for later use (such as roasting in the oven). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the pumpkin slices on the baking sheet and bake in the oven until soft and gently caramelized. Let the pumpkin cool slightly, and then remove the skin and cut the flesh into inch-size pieces.
In a large pot heat the vegetable oil. Add the onion and sauté until soft, for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and the spices, and cook for another minute or two, until fragrant. Add the broth and pumpkin cubes and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 20 minutes.
Remove the pot from the heat. Let the soup cool slightly and then puree it in a food processor.
Return the soup to the pot, bring it to a gentle simmer, and add the heavy cream. (If the soup is too thick, you can add an extra coup of broth to thin it down.) Mix well, let the soup simmer for another minute or two, season with salt and pepper, and serve.
Aleksandra aka QueenSashy is a scientist by day, and cook, photographer and doodler by night. When she is not writing code and formulas, she blogs about food, life and everything in between on her blog, Three Little Halves. Three Little Halves was nominated for 2015 James Beard Awards and the finalist for 2014 Saveur Best Food Blog Awards. Aleksandra lives in New York City with her other two halves, Miss Pain and Dr. V.