Saturday, October 26, 2013

Pumpkin Bisque Soup

Fall is finally in the air here in East Texas albeit late as usual.  Crisp mornings and cooler evenings. Time for piping hot soups, hearty stews, chowders and chili's. I couldn't wait a moment longer, so last night I rummaged through the pantry and frig and came out with the ingredients to make a tummy warming pumpkin bisque recipe. Creamy, woody and savory. Perfect for a chilly Autumn evening. Grab a stock pot and make some tonight. Then gather a soft throw, a good book and a hot toddy. It's time to cuddle down.
Happy Fall Friends and Family~   

Pumpkin Bisque
Serves 6 (or more)
3 to 4 tablespoons of Olive Oil
 1 white or sweet yellow onion, rough chopped
2 cloves of Garlic, chopped
4 large woody Mushrooms, chopped (I used button. It's what I had on hand)
4 to 5 cups of vegetable or chicken stock (I used chicken and started with 4 cups-ending up with abt. 5)
2 teaspoons Goya Sazonador Total or a complete seasoning
1 large (29 ounce) can Libby's Pumpkin Puree (or you favorite brand)
2 cups heavy cream or 1 can evaporated milk

If you wanted to you could easily boil or roast your own pumpkin, butternut or acorn squash, remove the skins after cooking and smash. Maybe 2 pounds? Use your own judgement : ) But if your tired and just wanting the luxury of homemade fast, then go with a can of puree like I did. 
Add oil to a stock pot on medium high heat and add onion and garlic. Cook until semi-translucent and fragrant. Add mushrooms and cook until tender. Add half of the broth, stir in (Goya) seasoning and bring to a boil. Turn down heat to medium and cook another 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Pour into a blender and puree the vegetables and broth to an ALMOST smooth consistency. You may have to do this in a couple of batches. Return contents to the pot and add the remaining stock. Stir well to combine. Turn the heat to low and add the cream. Stir until well combined. Serve hot with crackers and garnish with a drizzle of heavy cream or sour cream. Sip it up and savor the deliciousness of the season.  
 Hugs and Love~

Side note: Recipe halves well for a smaller pot of soup. The Goya seasoning is really just extra garlic onion and herbs mix. You could just throw in a mix of equal parts of garlic and onion powder, oregano and cumin and get the same results or play with the herbs.