18 March 2017

Sopa de calabaza mexicana #soupswappers

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Our Saturday Soup Swappers are headed south of the border with Mexican soups, perfect for your Cinco de Mayo party in May!  You will have time to try these out and choose the perfect one for your gathering.  We are hosted by Karen at Karen's Kitchen Stories this month.  Karen has a wonderful food blog with all kinds of goodies, but if you like bread, well, you are going to be so inspired over there!

This pumpkin soup has a nice heat and sweetness to it.  It is made to accommodate my lifestyle, but I have put the equivalent in "normal" ingredients beside the ones that I use!  This soup is thick and perfect with a sandwich of your choosing.



Don't you love the sweet pot holder? It was made by my mother in law, Irene, who suffers from Alzheimer's.
Sopa de Calabaza Mexicana

½ cup pistachios (pumpkin seeds)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion – chopped
2 cloves garlic – minced
1 small can mild green chilies – rinsed and chopped
2 teaspoons powdered stevia (2 T brown sugar)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
¼ teaspoon red chili flakes 
1 (15 ounce) can pureed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mixture)
2 cups vegetable stock
1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk (or 1 1/2 c half and half or heavy cream)
(In a skillet over medium high heat toast pumpkin seeds for about 3 minutes until browned and you can smell the oils being released. Set aside.) If you use pistachios, skip this step.
In a large sauce pan heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until translucent – about 5 minutes. Add garlic and chopped chilies. Sauté for 2 minutes. Add brown sugar, cumin, salt, pepper and red chili flakes. Sauté for another minute and then add the pumpkin, chicken or vegetable stock and coconut milk. Stir well. Reduce heat and cook until heated through (about 5 – 10 minutes).

Process soup in blender in batches until smooth. Make sure you remove the center piece from the blender lid so that the soup does not explode in the blender.

Garnish soup with reserved pistachios (pumpkin seeds.)