This soup is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.
Easy to make.
Yummy to eat!
Comfort food at its finest.
I tried it for the first time last night.
What a treat! A *hit* all around!
I found this wonderful recipe in
this pretty book ~ A favourite that I only
pull out during the Christmas Season.
Be sure to use a sweet pumpkin
such as the "Sugar Pie" variety.
~ Pumpkin Leek Soup ~
Adapted from Mary Englebreit's
"Let the Merrymaking Begin ~
Christmas Volume One"
~ Serves 3 or 4 ~
I made a double recipe for the six of us...
Next time I will make FOUR times the recipe to have leftovers!
~ Ingredients ~
2 Tbsp Butter
2 Medium Leeks ~
white part only, rinsed well and thinly sliced
1 Small Onion ~ diced
4 Cups 1/2 inch diced sweet pumpkin (I used Sugar Pie) ~
about the size of a small non-regulation soccer ball.
LOL ~ is it obvious that there are boys in our home?
* Skin the pumpkin with a carrot peeler,
cut in half, scoop out stringy flesh and seeds.
Save the seeds to toast and discard the stringy flesh.
4 to 6 Cups Chicken Stock (I used 4)
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/2 Cup toasted and coarsely chopped pumpkin seeds for garnish
* To toast ~ wash the seeds and place on a
parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
Generously salt and place in a 350*F oven.
Check and stir after 10 minutes,
continue checking a stirring every 5 minutes thereafter until crunchy.
They will quickly go from "just right" to burnt, so do be careful!
~ Instructions ~
In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat and cook leeks
and onions until transparent and limp.
Add in the pumpkin and stir to coat with butter.
Pour the chicken stock over all until the pumpkin
is covered by about one inch.
Bring to a boil over high heat.
Reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes ~
until the pumpkin is very tender.
Use your immersion (hand) blender and puree directly in the pot.
If you do not have one of these handy contraptions,
hint that you would like one for Christmas (smile)
and proceed to blend until smooth in your blender.
Return to pot and adjust seasonings.
Sprinkle toasted pumpkin seeds
over each individual serving.
~ Y.U.M.M.Y. ~