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Pumpkin Coconut Soup

Charles E. Walton IV
Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 20 mins
Yield Makes 8 cups
Traditional tastes go tropical in this comforting holiday soup. Make it up to a day in advance, and store, covered, in refrigerator. (Note: It also freezes well.) Reheat over medium heat, adding more broth or water to obtain desired consistency.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 carrots, chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans chicken broth, divided
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans unsweetened pumpkin
  • 1 (14-ounce) can coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • Garnishes: drizzle of whipping cream or crème frâiche, toasted coconut, lime zest curls

How to Make It

  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat; add onion and carrot, and cook, stirring frequently, 5 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften. Stir in garlic, and cook 30 seconds. Add 1 can of chicken broth; bring to a simmer, and cook 10 minutes or until vegetables are very tender. Remove from heat; cool 10 minutes.

  2. Transfer mixture to a blender, and puree until smooth. Return mixture to Dutch oven, and add pumpkin, coconut milk, and remaining can of chicken broth, stirring with a whisk. Bring to a simmer over medium heat; stir in lime juice and next 3 ingredients. Garnish, if desired.

  3. Note: Pumpkin Coconut Soup can be made the day before. Pour into a screw-top container, and store in the refrigerator until you're ready to hit the road.