Pumpkin Soup Bowls with Paprika Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

By Marisa | Margaritas In The Rain
October 20, 2015
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Author Notes: A lovely starter for your Thanksgiving feast! This pumpkin soup is a slightly smokey, slightly sweet, perfectly creamy treat.Marisa | Margaritas In The Rain

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 apple, peeled and diced
  • 2 heaping cups, canned pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon sage leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 - 1 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 handful dried cranberries for garnish
  • 1 pinch salt + pepper

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. When it’s hot, add the onion, carrot, apple, pumpkin, and sage and sauté until tender, roughly 10 minutes. At this point, strain the mixture with a foodmill, or puree in a food processor. When smooth, return the puree to the pot. Add the chicken stock and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring to prevent bottom of pot from burning. Next, add a 1/2 cup of cream and simmer for several minutes. Keep stirring so cream doesn’t boil. Season with salt and pepper. Taste test, and add additional cream if needed. Let simmer for a few extra minutes. Serve soup into bowls and top with roasted pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, and minced sage.
  2. To make the Pumpkin Bowls: Cut the top off of 4 pumpkin pie pumpkins. Scoop out insides, saving seeds in a separate bowl. Fill with soup.
  3. To make the Paprika Roasted Pumpkin Seeds: Add the seeds from your pumpkin into a strainer. Run under water to rinse and separate the seeds from the gunk. Next, place seeds in a medium pot, along with 2 cups of water and 1 T salt for every 1/2 cup of seeds. Bring to a boil, and then let simmer for 10-12 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400. Drain the pot and add seeds to a roasting pan. Top with olive oil, sea salt, and paprika. Mix to coat evenly, and then bake until the seeds begin to brown, 10-15 minutes, depending on the size of the seeds. Check in on the seeds every few minutes to prevent burning. Let the seeds cool and enjoy.

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