Paleo Pumpkin Soup

26 Sep

The original version of this recipe hails from Alton Brown on Food Network’s Good Eats (so bummed that series ended, such an awesome show) under the name whole pumpkin pie soup.  This is my paleo version, definitely something that makes for a gorgeous presentation if you are entertaining dinner guests!

Ingredients:

2 sugar pumpkins, about 1 1/2 pounds each, rinsed

~1 tbl. avocado oil

1 tbl. Earth Balance soy free buttery spread

1/2 of an onion, diced

1 tsp. kosher or sea salt

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 apple, peeled, cored, and diced

1 cup organic low sodium chicken broth

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage

1/3 tsp. dried thyme

Method:

Preheat oven to 375°F.  In a small pan over medium to medium high heat saute onion in avocado oil until soft, set aside.  Cut around the stem of the pumpkin at a 45 degree angle making an opening that will be large enough for you to work within.  Remove the seeds and fibers (can save the seeds to roast and eat if you like, discard the fibers).  Brush the outside and lid of the pumpkin with avocado oil.  I baked my pumpkins on a baking sheet covered in foil, but in retrospect I should have used a casserole dish or ramekin that would fit each pumpkin (or both together).  If using a dish also grease the dish with some avocado oil.  Divide the buttery spread, onion, salt, garlic, apples, chicken broth, and coconut milk beverages between the two pumpkins.  Replace the lid of each pumpkin and bake for 45 minutes.  Remove the lid, add thyme, and bake without the lid for 15 minutes.  Remove the pumpkins from the oven, gently scrape some of the inner cooked pumpkin flesh into the soup mixture.  Puree the contents of the pumpkin with an immersion blender.

Now, if you make the mistake I did and bake your pumpkin on a sheet pan, and your pumpkin is a little too weak after baking and springs a leak…transfer all contents to a pot and puree there.  The pumpkins themselves make for a lovely presentation so I recommend baking everything in a ramekin or casserole dish so all is not lost if a pumpkin starts to leak.

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