Monday, October 21, 2013

Paleo Pumpkin Pie Soup


                               pumpkin soup

The blog carnivals have been overflowing with pumpkin recipes, so I wanted to join in. However, aside from making a wonderful vegan traditional pumpkin pie, I've only used pumpkin for soup. So, I decided to make a pumpkin pie soup! The recipe is easy, the taste is sweet and delightful, and the ingredients are nutritious, vegan , paleo friendly, and of course gluten free. What a creation!

Think about this! - pumpkin in itself is bland and takes on the flavors of whatever you add to it. It is the spices that gives pumpkin pie its taste. Following that logic, I knew it would be the spices that would give this soup its taste.

So, I went to the local farm and picked up a medium cooking pumpkin ( not the ones in this picture) .
I washed it, cut it in half , took out the seeds, steamed it in a little steamer basket. When it was soft, I scooped out all the cooked pumpkin. If you taste the pumpkin at this point, it's super bland.

Why use pumpkin if it's so bland?

  • It's full of fiber 
  • It provides important nutrients and antioxidants that our bodies need that are available mostly in fall vegetables like pumpkin, butternut squash, and orange meaty squashes.
  • It's plentiful right now at most farms, and many cultures believe it is best for our bodies when we eat locally grown fruits and vegetables.
  • It's easy and fast... 
  • It makes a great soothing soup that tastes great!

These pumpkins are just decoration, I used a sugar baby variety of pumpkin for this soup


Ingredients

1 large onion, sliced in 1/2 moons 
Olive oil spray
2 cups apple cider ( I used spiced cider) 
2 cups vegetable broth
2 cups of steamed pumpkin 
2 yams, steamed and chopped
1/2 -1 teaspoon or more of pumpkin pie spice
 ( or cinnamon and allspice) 
optional: For a creamy soup add 1 cup of soaked 
cashews before blending

Directions

Saute onions slowly in olive oil spray until caramelized . Add cider, broth, steamed pumpkin, steamed yams and spices. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes. Using a hand immersion blender, blend until smooth. Taste and garnish with additional cinnamon if desired.

I bought my spiced cider at Trader Joe's ( Where else?)


This Recipe Was Featured On: 

Delicious Dish Tuesday 

5 Healthy Halloween Ideas from last year 

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33 comments:

  1. Judee, this sounds fantastic. My list of soups is growing but I am moving this to the top section.

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    1. Ok Chaya I don't think that you will be disappointed. Thanks for stopping by

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    1. thanks for pinning it. Much appreciated

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  3. Sounds like a great way to use pumpkin. Thank you for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

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    1. I know making a pumpkin soup is a little different and the pie spices are delicious

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  4. Oh this looks so yummy! I never thought about putting apple cider in pumpkin soup!
    Thanks for sharing at Great Tastes Tuesday! See you next week!

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    1. I know the apple cider is unique and makes it a little sweet tasting. Love it!

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  5. OMG this looks like PERFECTION! I could really use some right now. I am looking for a little snacky snacky right now - I wish I had this in my house!!

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    1. Gigi, you could whip this up rather quickly,,

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  6. Looks lip smacking. We had a soup recently served in a pumpkin. It was a little sweet, but your version would work perfectly! Love the addition of the cashews too. Thanks for linking up to Real Food Fridays

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    1. Hi Lydia,
      I think most pumpkin soups are sweet- I'm not a sweet soup lover so I created a less sweet version. I love the idea of serving it in a pumpkin

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  7. I wasn't aware of how good pumpkin is for you. I guess b/c I'm used to seeing it in pie, cookies, cake, etc! Your pumpkin soup looks like it would be perfect for a nice cool evening like we've been having here. Thank you for sharing, Judee!

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    1. Michelle,
      It is amazing how good so many vegetables are for us especially the colorful ones

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  8. Hi Judee,
    Can't wait to taste this soup, it looks so good. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  9. thanks for sharing with us, featuring your recipe on AFW this week!

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    1. Thank you so much for the feature! There is nothing more exciting than seeing one of my recipes featured by one of my blogging colleagues.

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  10. I've never had pumpkin soup, but I definitely want to try it. Your recipe looks like a great place to start! Thanks so much for sharing this healthy dish with us at Saturday Night Fever!

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  11. This sounds delicious - and good for you - I just found out there's a Trader Joes about an hour away - may take a field trip :)
    I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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    1. Kathy,
      I assure you that it's worth the trip! When I was in Florida, I had to travel an hour to get my supplies too.

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  12. I love pumpkin season in the blog world! But, I especially love how you did it all in a soup! I wanted to let you know that I am featuring this amazing soup tomorrow morning at the Show Stopper Saturday party! Thank you for sharing it with us!

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    1. Gloria,
      I am thrilled and honored to be featured on your popular weekly blog carnival.

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  13. I've never had pumpkin soup, it looks good, pinning to my healthy eating board. Can I use canned pumpkin? If so how much? Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays, come by tonight and share again.

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    1. You can use the same amount of canned, although its easy to roast a pumpkin and use the inside pulp and tasted so much better.

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  14. try one and half to two cups of pumpkin.

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  15. i love pumpkin soup and this version sounds wonderful!

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  16. I love the bright sunshiny color of this soup--perfect to warm you up for fall. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week! ;-)

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  17. This soup looks so good. Thanks for linking up to Good Tips Tuesday! You are featured today. http://abirdandabean.com/2014/10/good-tips-tuesday-41.html

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  18. Your pumpkin pie soup looks delicious, Judee. I like the addition of the yams! Pinned to my Paleo Recipes board. Thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

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  19. I love pumpkin recipes in the fall, and this one looks fabulous! Can't wait to try it!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Delicious Dish Tuesday!

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  20. I’ll be featuring this as ANOTHER one of my favorite’s for this week’s DDT! :) Feel free to come by and grab the “Featured Favorite” button for this one too! :) Thanks again!

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  21. I can almost taste your awesome Pumpkin Pie Soup, it looks delicious. Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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