Cream of Pumpkin Soup

When I think of French food, the words “quick and simple” normally don’t come to mind. But Jacques Pepin is changing that idea with his recent cookbook Quick & Simple: Simply Wonderful Meals with Surprisingly Little Effort.

After the holidays, I had some extra canned pumpkin in my kitchen cabinet. In just minutes, with Pepin’s help, I whipped up his Cream of Pumpkin Soup. I didn’t have light cream on hand, so I used unsweetened almond milk; the soup still had a creamy consistency. As I whisked the soup on the stovetop, I toasted bread cubes in the oven to serve as my croutons.

Ingredients: 

  • One 16-ounce can pure pumpkin puree
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup light cream (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • Croutons

Directions:

Place all the ingredients in a saucepan, mix well, and bring to a boil. Divide the soup among four soup bowls, sprinkle with croutons, if desired, and serve immediately.

Quick & Simple features the following chapters: Appetizers & Salads; Soups; Breads, Pizzas & Hot Sandwiches; Legumes & Vegetables; Shellfish & Fish; Eggs, Poultry & Meat; and Desserts. It is available upon request for curbside pickup at Whitehall Public Library here or by calling 412-882-6622.

Cream of Pumpkin Soup
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