Sunday Recipe: Pumpkin Soup

pumpkin soup from food network

(photo: FoodNetwork.com)

This week’s recipe is a submission from Lauren B. and has been burning a hole in my inbox for a few weeks now, so I’m glad to finally get to post it! Thanks to Lauren for putting her spin on this recipe from the Food Network Website.

“Somehow I stumbled upon this recipe for pumpkin SOUP and thought, “That sounds really gross. Why do I want to make this…”. But I did, and it actually turned out AMAZING.  I used dried spices (sage & italian herbs) and it was just fine. ”
-Words of encouragement from Lauren 🙂

Ingredients
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups chopped yellow onions
1 leek, washed and sliced into rounds
3 pounds fresh pumpkin flesh/1 small pie pumpkin **roast your pumpkin for 1 hr @ 350ish, scoop out flesh and use here**
2 teaspoons salt
3 bay leaves
4 cups chicken broth
1 sprig sage
2 to 3 sprigs parsley
1 sprig thyme
1/2 to 3/4 pound fresh sweet Italian sausage
Directions
In a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven, melt the butter with the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and leeks. Cook, stirring, until the onions are soft and lightly golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the pumpkin, salt and bay leaves and saute until starting to soften. Add the chicken broth and herbs. Stir to mix. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to medium and cook, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes, or until pumpkin is tender and broth is just beginning to thicken slightly. Once the pumpkin is tender, discard the herbs and puree the soup using an immersion blender.In a medium saute pan, brown the sausage. Using a slotted spoon remove the sausage from the pan and drain on paper towel. Top the soup with the sausage.

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