The reason I call this recipe “Pumpkin Soup without the Fuss” is because it’s made from canned pumpkin which has been already cooked and mashed. Canned pumpkin tastes great and it is a huge time saver!
For this recipe you will need:
- 1 Tablespoon of butter
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar
- 2 cups of chicken stock
- 1 cup of applesauce (plain or cinnamon)
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 16 ounce of pumpkin
- 8-12 ounces of evaporated milk
In addition to the canned pumpkin, the only other ingredient you may not be familiar with is evaporated milk. (I have used it in my “Stove-top Macaroni and Cheese” recipe.) Evaporated milk is just slightly thicker than regular milk but it is very rich. It will make this soup really creamy and very rich tasting. A low fat version is available. (Be sure not to confuse evaporated milk with sweetened condensed milk. They are often sold side-by-side.)
You need to chop one medium onion. If you don’t know how to chop an onion, there is a demonstration of it here: How to Mince, Dice and Chop Onions.
Get all of remaining ingredients measured and ready to go. That really only involves measuring the brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. If you are using chicken stock made from a bullion cube you will need to reconstitute the cube in boiling water.
Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a medium pot.
Add the onions and cook them until they are soft, about 7-10 minutes. Give them an occasional stir.
Now add the brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and applesauce and cook everything for about 4 minutes.
After 4 minutes it will look like the picture below.
Add the pumpkin and chicken stock, and stir everything together. It will be pretty thick.
Bring the pot to a boil. Turn the temperature down to simmer and cover the pot.
Set the timer for about 20 minutes. Be sure to give the soup an occasional stir.
Pour in enough evaporated milk until the soup reaches your desired thickness. I like about 8 ounces of evaporated but you may want your soup thinner or thicker.
Be sure to add a few grinds of fresh black pepper.
The really great thing about this soup is that aside from the onion, all the other ingredients needed to make this soup come straight from your food cupboard. Next time you go grocery shopping be sure to add the ingredients for this soup to your list. On a cold evening a delicious pot of pumpkin soup can be ready for dinner in no time!
I have added a special touch to my soup by topping it with some cinnamon croutons!
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