Autumn’s ultimate chilly day soup! It’s creamy, inviting, delicious and sooooo easy to make; wonderful for a light lunch with some warmed bread or as a compliment alongside a meal.
I discovered the recipe in a cookbook that I picked up on a trip to Jackson Hole, called Jackson Hole Cooks, it’s filled with great recipes. It appears to be out of print, which is a shame as there are fabulous recipes throughout, I looked and you can still purchase second hand on Amazon. I’ve tweaked it to fit my tastes and textures!
I meet with a group of women who get together and scrapbook once a month, we’re all digital scrapbookers who scrap on Mac’s; I had the great pleasure of hosting this past week and made this delicious soup for our lunch, paired it with a salad and roasted pumpkin seeds. Mmmm, good!
Sadly, my boys both turned their noses up to it, and I discovered that my husband of almost 17 years doesn’t like pumpkin! What!?? I had no idea, I think he’s been gracious to me all these years I’ve served him pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, or anything pumpkin. The things you learn and still I’m still learning! Side note, don’t ever stop studying and learning about your spouse.
Some-day (I kind of wish they’d add that day to the week, right? Saturday, Sunday, Someday), I want to play with the ingredients so that I’m not using pumpkin pie mix, but pure pumpkin puree instead; replacing the premixed spices, sugar, etc. with spices of my own and reducing the sugar content, I think it will be quite simple to do, but until then, this whips up really quickly and nicely!
This makes a lot, so use a larger stock pot than I did (I used a 4 qt pot), it was almost overflowing by the time I added all of my ingredients. I bet you could easily halve this recipe, but, what the heck, make the whole thing and surprise a neighbor or coworker with lunch the next day!
Start by melting your butter over medium-high heat.
Reduce temperature slightly, add chopped onions and mushrooms,* stirring frequently, sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. I’m actually not a mushroom fan, it’s a texture thing, but I really do like the flavor of mushrooms, so if they are ground up in a recipe, I’m just fine!
TIP: *I bought pre-sliced ‘shrooms, but feel free to slice and clean ’em yourself if you prefer)
Measure out your flour and curry powder; the curry isn’t very strong, so if you like it stronger, feel free to increase the amount.
Toss flour and curry powder into onion/mushroom mixture and stir until well blended.
Reduce your heat to medium and gradually pour in your vegetable broth, while stirring. 1 carton is 4 cups (32 oz), the recipe calls for 6 cups, so either use another ½ carton or I found these nifty 8 oz single serving containers of veggie broth. If you are okay with it not being vegetarian, you can always use chicken broth for the additional 2 cups.
TIP: If you use half of another carton, pour leftovers into 2-8 oz plasticware “cups” and freeze for future recipes. Run warm, to hot water over the bottom of the frozen broth (keep your hand or lid under) until the frozen broth slides out, then simply add to your favorite soup or stew.
Isn’t it cute…
Stir well to blend. Bring mixture to a boil, then stir for 2 minutes until mixture has thickened slightly.
For a creamier soup, once mixture has thickened, use an immersion blender (I have one similar to this one) and blend until smooth. Or place a couple cups in a blender at a time and blend until smooth, carefully return to the pot.
Next add your pumpkin pie mix…
Then add your evaporated milk. I bet this would be delicious with coconut milk too! Also on my try list.
Add your salt and pepper and heat through.
Ladle into cups or bowls and garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds (see below) and a tiny swirl of sour cream or plain yogurt, if desired.
To toast your own pumpkin seeds, heat a pan to medium-high heat, toss in your raw pumpkin seeds…
…shake the seeds around while they heat, the heat will release the oils in the seeds. Some will actually plump slightly and pop…
…keep shaking the pan around so that they don’t burn and they toast evenly.
As you hear them “snap, crackle and pop” you know they are close to done, sprinkle with a little sea salt toss, toss around, remove from heat.
Sprinkle a tablespoon or so onto the top of the warm soup. Use the toasted pumpkin seeds warm or cold, or eat by the handful, they are yummy warm from the pan!
Let me know if you make tweaks and how it tastes!!
- ½ lb. fresh mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 6 cups vegetable broth
- 1 28-oz can pumpkin pie filling
- 2 12-oz cans evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds, toasted and salted (Optional)
- Garnish with sour cream or plain greek yogurt (Optional)
- In a large stockpot, melt the butter over high heat. Add chopped onions, sliced mushrooms and sauté, stirring frequently until tender and soft, about 5 minutes.
- Mix together flour and curry powder and stir into onion & mushrooms mixture until well blended.
- Reduce heat to medium and gradually pour in vegetable broth, stirring to blend.
- Bring mixture to boil, then stir for 2 minutes or until mixture is thickened.
- Add the pumpkin pie mix, evaporated milk, salt and pepper, stir to blend.
- Bring up to just about a simmer.
- Ladle into bowls and garnish with a little swirl of greek yogurt or sour cream and top with toasted pumpkin seeds.
- TOASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS
- Heat a heavy pan on medium-high heat, toss in about ¼ - ½ cup of raw pumpkin seeds.
- Swirl pan around, tossing the seeds to and fro.
- The heat will release the oils and the seeds will start to snap, pop and crackle, not necessarily in that order.
- Keep swirling and toss the seeds in the pan so they don't burn.
- Once they start popping, throw in a couple pinches of sea salt and toss some more.
- Remove and cool slightly before serving, use as garnish on top of soup, about a tablespoon per bowl.
- Throw them in hot and hear them sizzle!
- Cooled, these are wonderful as a snack or in your favorite salad.