Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sunday: Pumpkin Tomato Basil Soup

As promised! It is so healthy and so yummy and so easy!

What you will need:
3 cups (estimate) of your pumpkin puree that we just made (see post below this one)!
1 jar of tomatoes OR 7 tomatoes skinned and chopped.
4 cups of chicken or vegetable broth
4-7 good sized carrots
1/2 stick butter
Fresh basil
1/4 cup cream, half and half, or milk (I used milk!)

How to create this yummy and healthy soup:

1. Chop up your carrots. Using a food processor makes this really easy.

2. In a large pot add your carrots, pumpkin and broth together. You can use either chicken broth or vegetable stock. I used vegetable and was very pleased with the flavor.

3. Using your food processor yet again, cut up your onion and mushrooms. I love my food processor.

4. Keep stirring your pumpkin/carrot/broth as you saute your mushroom/onion mixture in the 1/2 stick of butter. Add in your tomatoes.

5. ADD your cream/milk at this time to the carrot/pumpkin mixture.
Mix in your vegetables into the big pot, and stir all together. Cook for about 10 minutes. This really gets the flavors melted all together.

6. Add your basil!

7. Serve it into bread bowls (recipe below) and enjoy!

************************Bread Bowls************************
I love making bread bowls for soup because it makes it seem like I actually am good in the kitchen! These are so easy, especially if you have a bread maker.

Step one: Make your favorite bread as normal in your bread maker, but do not bake it. Set your bread maker to make the dough only! I made whole-wheat bread with flax.

Step two: Once the bread dough is ready, which you will know by the insistant beeping of your bread maker, divide it into balls~ one for each bread bowl you are making.

Step three: Trying not to handle the dough too much, shape the balls into, well balls. Dur. Bake them at 350 degrees for 15 minutes (this may change depending on their size).

Step four: While they are still hot cut a top into them and remove a lot of the inside, without puncutring the outer shell.
I use my fist to punch down a lot of the inside bread rather than removing it all.

That is it! They are ready for soup and to be eaten!

One little tidbit about this meal~ I read that some people add sugar to this soup. We did not and it was delicious. You may want to, this is a taste preferance.
My husband devoured this soup. Remember it contains carrots, pumpkin, mushroom, tomato, and onion. My husband would stand his ground and tell you right now that he would never be caught eating tomatoes or onions or mushrooms or pumpkin. Hehehe...he did not even know that these were in his soup. What a sneaky woman I am!

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