We’re experiencing a heat wave here in Los Angeles, but I’ve never been so happy to see pumpkins back in the produce department. I love pumpkin, only you won’t find me indulging in those artificial pumpkin spiced gimmicks of the season. Pumpkin in its intended form is quite different, savory and delicious. I find myself using it more for main meals and less for desserts. This week, I tested soups for the fall line up of my soup cleanse and this recipe came out the winner!
In addition to richness, texture, and flavor it lends to soup, pumpkin is loaded with vitamin C to keep you healthy during a time of year associated with cold & flu. Pumpkin is full of fiber, to wash toxins away as you enter a new season. Pumpkin provides a feel good chemical to boost your mood as the days get shorter. This soup is creamy, lightly spiced, and delicious with a garnish of toasted pumpkin seeds and a drizzle of pumpkin oil.
Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Soup
1 T. coconut oil
1 tsp. sea salt or Herbamare seasoning
1 large sweet potato, shredded or finely chopped
1 vidalia or yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
4 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinammon
1 box pumpkin puree (Whole Foods carries)
2 cups So Delicious Culinary Coconut Milk
2 T. grade A or B maple city
4 cups organic vegetable stock
sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
In a large soup pot, add coconut oil and heat over medium heat. Add sweet potato, onion, and salt. Saute for 4-5 minutes, until onions are soft and transculent. Stir often.
Add garlic, cumin, and nutmeg and continue to sauté for 2 minutes, stirring often. Add pumpkin puree, stir well, add maple syrup, and vegetable stock. Stir well and bring soup to low rolling boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for approx. 15-20 minutes.
Use an immersion blender or carefully pour into blender and blend until smooth.
Once fully blended, move the mixture back to soup pot and slowly stir in the coconut milk. Stir so all ingredients are mixed together and let simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add additional salt and pepper to taste.
Possible garnishes: toasted pumpkin seed, fresh diced cilantro, walnut or pumpkin seed oil