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Creamy Pumpkin-Red Pepper Soup

Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on time 30 mins
Total time 1 hr
Yield Serves 6 (serving size: 1 cup)
The soup can be topped with a variety of things: I love Parmigiano-Reggiano and rosemary, but savory sprinkles like chopped smoked almonds or toasted pecans would be lovely. This tastes even better the next day...or the day after.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups chopped peeled fresh pumpkin
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped peeled sweet potato
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 5 cups no-salt-added chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary leaves (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 120
  • fat 3.8 g
  • satfat 1.5 g
  • monofat 1.6 g
  • polyfat 0.3 g
  • protein 6.2 g
  • carbohydrate 16.2 g
  • fiber 2.9 g
  • cholesterol 5 mg
  • iron 1.7 mg
  • sodium 279 mg
  • calcium 56 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl. Sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt; toss well. Place vegetable mixture in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until tender, stirring once.

  3. Combine vegetables, stock, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes. Place half of vegetable mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Process until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining vegetable mixture. Stir in butter. Top with rosemary, if desired.

Cook's Notes

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