Sandy tore through the NorthEast coast with a vengeance. I had my floaties ready and my umbrella just in case I needed to channel Marry Poppins and fly out of here! I cooked up a storm (literally) preparing for a week-long power outage. For my hiking adventures, I have a handy dandy Pocket Rocket Stove, which is perfect for not only backpacking, but when the power goes out as well (electric stove=fail during power outage!). I thought, “what’s delicious, heats up easily, and packs a punch of flavor? SOUP!” Now if only I lived in the land of ChewAndSwallow, then all I’d have to do is stand outside, open my mouth, and let the chipotle pumpkin soup rain down! (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs anyone?)
- 2 Tablespoons organic olive oil
- 1 cup organic pumpkin puree
- 3 organic carrots, diced
- 1 organic onion, diced
- 3 cloves of organic garlic, dices
- 2 teaspoons organic cumin powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried organic oregano
- 2 Tablespoons organic lime juice
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 small / medium sugar pumpkin, roasted with a dusting of 1 Tablespoon organic chipotle powder, skin peeled off
- 4-6 cups of vegetable stock (depends on desired thickness)
- 2 chipotle peppers (1 if you like it milder!), diced
- In a large pot, saute your carrots, onions, garlic, cumin powder, and chipotle peppers in olive oil until tender (about 3-4 minutes). Add vegetable stock and 1 cup pumpkin puree. Turn heat to low-medium and simmer.
- Once your pumpkin is roasted nice and golden, cut off the skin (your pumpkin should be so tender that the skin “falls” off) and add to your soup.
- Using either your blender or immersion blender, puree your soup until it has a creamy consistency. Add your lime juice, salt & pepper to taste.
- I like to let my soups simmer on low heat to develop flavors. You may either serve your soup when ready, or let it cook down (add water/vegetable stock if your soup becomes too thick. Don’t forget to adjust salt and pepper when adding more liquids!). You may also freeze a portion of your soup for an easy lunch, or a tasty addition to any meal.
- Enjoy eating whole!