Pumpkins and Fall…a magical combination.

After the warm days of summer yielded these giant french baking pumpkins (Rouge Vif D’etampes) – the start of the cold weather means that it’s time to bake with them!

pumpkins vifdetampes

In this recipe, I replaced the typical aromatic combination of onions, celery & carrots (as a great start to any soup) with onion, fennel & apples.   This was out of necessity – (didn’t have those on hand) and the result yielded a lovely complex flavor that I wanted to replicate, and I hope you will try!

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Home Made Croutons

Start with a baguette or french loaf (day old bread which is a bit stale works perfectly!).  Cut into 1-inch cubes.  Add the bread cubes to a deep roasting pan, drizzle generously with olive oil or home rendered lard, salt & pepper and some minced garlic.  Mix & toss until bread is coated.  Set your oven broiler to low, and WATCH these beauties so they take on just enough color and crunch.

 

Print Recipe

ROASTED PUMPKIN SOUP with Caramelized Apples & Fennel

Source: www.plantoeat.com/blog

Course: Soup

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 Baking Pumpkin Roasted
  • 1/2 cup Fennel Bulb sliced thin
  • 2 Onions sliced thin
  • 3 Apples cut into chunks
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 Red Chile
  • 4-6 cups Soup Stock
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Yogurt or Cream Garnish
  • Fresh Sage Garnish

Directions

  1. Cut your pumpkin in half, remove seeds sprinkle with salt and bake or roast until tender (check the pumpkin, a knife should slide into the flesh easily) Remove, set aside – or refrigerate/freeze for later.
  2. Add onion, garlic, fennel, apples & chile to a skillet. Season with salt & pepper. Cook slowly until they all soften and take on some color. Careful not to burn.
  3. Add your pumpkin to a large stock pot, add caramelized onion mixture, heat through. Begin adding your broth to the soup and blend with a hand mixer until your soup reaches a consistency that you like.
  4. Serve in bowls, drizzled with a bit of half & half or a dollop of plain yogurt. Sprinkle with fresh sage and home made croutons. ENJOY!

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