I love this time of year. Pumpkin time! My family especially loves pumpkin treats, like pumpkin eggnog, pumpkin cookies and cupcakes, like this cake/cupcake recipe I posted last fall, and pumpkin shrimp soup.
Pumpkin shrimp soup is so good! I will say, it helps if you are already a fan of curry, because it definitely has that ginger-and-garlic base to it. You also have to like shrimp.
I know I’m not supposed to have a ton of shrimp while I’m pregnant, but I was craving this soup. Ginger is always good when you are pregnant. And lots of vegetables.
I find this recipe to be fairly easy and totally worth it. My girls beg me to make this soup! But my kids love Indian and Thai food. If your kids won’t eat exotic foods, you may want to make this soup as a special treat for you and your spouse.
Originally from the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook, here is the recipe, changed up to suit my family’s taste:
Pumpkin Shrimp Soup (4 servings)
2 medium onions, sliced
2 medium carrots, sliced (1 cup)
3 Tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro
2 Tablespoons grated fresh ginger (or just peel off the skin and cut into thin slices)
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons butter
14 oz. chicken broth
1 can pumpkin (15 oz.)
1 cup milk
8 oz. cooked shrimp (thawed)
Toppings: sour cream and more fresh cilantro
1. In a large saucepan, melt the 2 Tablespoons butter. Cook onions, carrots, cilantro, ginger, allspice, and minced garlic in hot butter, covered, for 10-12 minutes, or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.
2. Transfer vegetable mixture to a blender container and add 1/2 cup of the chicken broth. Cover and blend until nearly smooth.
3. Using the same large saucepan, stir together the remaining chicken broth, pumpkin, and milk. Stir in blended vegetable mixture. Heat through. Last, add shrimp and heat for 1 minute. (Do not overcook shrimp if using cooked shrimp.)
4. Serve topped with sour cream and cilantro.
Enjoy the fall flavors! I hope you have leftovers because, like most soups, it’s always better the next day.
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