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Friday, October 22, 2010

Jan's Pumpkin and Tomato Soup

Fall in a bowl.  It's suddenly gone from August to November then back to October.  The leaves on the trees across the street from my office have give us their glorious color show and are starting to fall to the ground.  We wore jackets to the office this morning.  It's time for fall in a bowl. 

Now if you could just help me convince Mr. I'll Wear Shorts in a Blizzard that we need to turn the heat on at the house...  But, maybe if I crawl into bed wearing a hoodie sweatshirt, sweats and socks then cover up with a blanket, bedspread and quilt, he'll get the message that frost on MY nose is NOT a good thing - lol.  Yes, dear, I know you read this and I know we've saved oodles on the electric bill.  But, relying on Gracie the cat to keep me warm at night isn't a good idea.  Ok, so that being said, this soup is wonderfully warming.

The combination may sound really strange to you.  It did to me when I first read the recipe.  It's from a dear friend by the name of Jan.  She's one of the buddies my mom hangs around with.  Is hangs around with good terminology for a group of eighty-something year old ladies?  Well, at any rate, they're a hoot to be around.  Jan's got this great outlook on life that's just amazing.  Don't you love knowing folks like that!  I'm very lucky to have her as a friend also!!

Jan's Pumpkin Tomato Soup


1T butter or olive oil
1 medium onion, finely diced
1-2t curry powder (to taste)
1/4 - 1/2 t freshly grated nutmeg (to taste)
14.5 oz can pumpkin puree
14.5 oz can stewed tomatoes
14.5 chicken broth
1/2 c cream - if desired

Saute onion in olive oil until it's softened.  Sitr in the curry powder and nutmeg. 

Stir in the pumpkin.  Drain the stewed tomato liquid into the pot then chop the tomatoes pretty well.  I've made the mistake of just dumping the tomatoes in and have wound up with these big honking pieces of tomato... not a pleasant deal. 

Add the chicken broth and  cook for at least 20 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. You can either add the cream or not and puree the soup or not. 


roxan said...

Omg, this looks so delicious. Just looking at the photo I can totally taste it and its texture. Pumpkin soup, I MUST put that on my list of things to make!

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said...

This does sound like a good combo. Tell Connie to turn the heat on for you, for goodness sakes. I don't want you getting sick or anything.

Dimah said...

This looks wonderful! Love that combination! Thanks for sharing!

Monet said...

I would have never thought to do this...but it sounds just delicious! I am making this tomorrow night. And I understand the heating bill conundrum. We were very cold at our place last winter, but thankfully it is a lot warmer here in Austin. Stay warm and well!

Mother Rimmy said...

You're right, it's not a combination I would have though of, but it sounds delicious and simple to make after work too!

BakingWithoutaBox said...

Looks like that combo works. Stay warm! Cold noses are only good on puppies. But I do love that your kitty functions as a mini heater. Ours do too.

Carole said...

Kate, thanks for adding to the collection. Hope you have a nice weekend. Cheers