Tastes Like Autumn – Pumpkin Soup!

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Did I mention that I love pumpkin?  It’s a bonus that pumpkin is a nutritional powerhouse.  It is packed with vitamin A, has a fair amout of fiber, is a good source of beta carotene, has more potassium than bananas and is a good source of vitamin C.

Since summer is oficially over and fall has begun, I celebrated by making a pot of pumpkin soup!  It is really easy to make and tasty too. The oats make it thick and creamy without the cream.  It is savory with a slightly sweet finish and is perfect for a crisp autumn evening.  It comes together quickly so it is great for a hearty family dinner even on busy nights.

Autumn in a Pot Pumpkin Soup

Serves 4-6

1 Tbs Olive Oil
3 ounces pancetta (or your favorite bacon) diced small
1 onion chopped
3 stalks of celery, chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic chopped
2 apples cored and chopped
1 29 oz can pumpkin puree
1 quart of reduced-sodium chicken broth
3/4 cups of quick cooking oats
1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
2 Tbs pure maple syrum
salt and pepper to taste
chives

Heat the olive oil in the pot over medium heat, add the bacon and cook until crisp and golden brown stirring frequently (aboiut 5 minutes). Remove from pan and put on a plate covered with a double layer of paper towels to drain. Add the onion, apple and celery to the pan and cook until the vegetables and apple are very tender and soft, (about 10 minutes). Once vegetables are soft, add the pumpkin, chicken broth and oats. Simmer for 10 – 15 minutes until the oats are very tender. Stir in the vinegar and maple syrup. Let soup cool for 5 minutes. While the soup is cooking, finely chop the chives. Once the soup has cooled, work in batches t0 puree in a blender or food processor. Ladle into bowls and top with pancetta and chives. Serve with some nice, hearty bread. (I like it with rasin bread).

For a vegetarian wersoin of this soup, sustitute vegetable stock for the chicken broth, elimiate the pancetta and top with chopped pistachios and chives instead. Just as tasty!

Happy Fall!

Find Your Om Balance – Terri

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