You are going to LOVE this pumpkin potato soup – your new favorite soup for winter!
When I think of cooking with pumpkin, I typically think of sweet, baked treats (I’ve made plenty of them over the years!) but I’ve very rarely had savory dishes with pumpkin.
Since tomorrow’s Fresh Flavors Swap is all about pumpkin main dishes, I knew that I wanted to at least attempt to add pumpkin to a dinner this week. I’ve seen pumpkin soup before, but I had never tried it before this week. I wasn’t sure if my family would be keen on pumpkin soup for dinner, so I thought I’d be sneaky and add pumpkin to a hearty potato soup that they’d normally eat.
My little pumpkin soup experiment was a huge success. Everyone in the family loved the soup, and they had no idea that there was pumpkin in it! The pumpkin made the soup thick and creamy and perfect. I can’t wait to make it again!
Hearty Pumpkin Potato Soup
- 1 lb ground Italian sausage
- 3-4 heaping teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 1 bay leaf
- 3-4 medium potatoes, diced
- 1 can pumpkin puree
- 3 cups fresh spinach, chopped
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup lowfat milk
- Heat sausage in a large Dutch oven, breaking up into small crumbles, and cook until browned; drain excess fat if necessary.
- Add minced garlic, chopped onion, and spices (oregano, basil and red pepper flakes). Cook, stirring frequently, for about 2-3 minutes.
- Add chicken broth, pumpkin puree and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Add diced potatoes and cook for 10-15 minutes, until potatoes are soft when stuck with a fork. Using a potato masher, smash some (but not all) of the potatoes. Stir.
- Stir in spinach, milk and cream, and stir just until heated through. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
I based this recipe on a Sausage Potato Spinach Soup recipe I found on Damn Delicious. I thought it would taste great with pumpkin, and I was right!
Be sure to check this week’s Fresh Flavors Swap for more Pumpkin Main Dishes and Dips! I can’t wait to see the new recipes that everyone links up!
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