Hi loves! I hope you had a great weekend. This weekend I had a work event with Kris on Friday night, and then on Saturday we walked to support the Hope Women's Centers at their Walk for Life and then watched the Gator football game at a friends house. Ever since I have been married to Kris I have really gotten into football and it is so hard to see our teams (Dolphins and Gators) lose so much! Oh well, we can only go up from here!
Sunday was such a relaxing day. After church Kris and I watched episodes of Fringe on DVD (if you have not seen it I totally recommend it!) and I made a fall themed dinner. I was reading Real Simple this weekend and saw the below recipe for a pumpkin soup that looked too good to not try! I also made butternut squash risotto and we drank apple cider (:
The ingredients that I used are below. Real Simple has a tutorial on peeling and seeding a sugar pumpkin which was really helpful here.
Here is my final result! Definitely make sure you add paprika if you like that flavor, it adds a needed kick to the soup!
Here is the recipe that I used...
Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 20m | Total Time: 50m
- 1 3-pound sugar pumpkin or 3 pounds kabocha or butternut squash—peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 4 leeks (white and light green parts only), chopped
- 4 to 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- sour cream, croutons, and paprika (preferably smoked), for serving
- 1. Heat oven to 400° F. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the pumpkin with 3 tablespoons of the oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Roast, tossing once, until tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
- 2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the leeks and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the roasted pumpkin, 4 cups of the broth, and ½ teaspoon salt and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
- 3. In a blender, working in batches, puree the soup until smooth, adjusting the consistency with the remaining broth as necessary. (Alternatively, use a handheld immersion blender in the saucepan.)
- 4. Top the soup with the sour cream and croutons and sprinkle with the paprika.
I hope you have a Happy Monday!!