RECIPE: Cilantro Pumpkin Bisque

Nutrition-3As you’ve likely read in some of my other recent posts, I am currently obsessing over all of the fresh, delicious  recipes in my newest cookbook purchase: Mediterranean Paleo. This recipe for a creamy pumpkin soup is inspired by that book, though I took a few liberties with their recipe.

For one, I added bacon. Is it really soup without bacon? I don’t think so. I also added a whole bunch of my favorite spices and it really created a rich flavor. I paired this soup with Thai Almond Chicken Lettuce Wraps and made a large batch so I would have soup for lunches throughout the week. That is one of my favorite things to do, and we typically make some kind of soup, stew, chili or casserole at the start of each week just for that purpose.

I love this soup, and others like it, because you can really make it you own with spices and toppings.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely diced
  • 1 20 oz. box chicken stock
  • 24 oz. coconut milk
  • 2 15 oz cans pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp. coriander
  • 1/2 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. curry powder
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • chopped fresh cilantro (for topping)
  • salt and pepper to taste

To get this soup on your table, start by cooking the bacon in a large stock pot or Dutch oven until crisp. Remove from pan and let cool. Add the onion and garlic to the pan with the bacon fat, stirring occasionally  while cooking about 2-3 minutes, or until onions are slightly browned.

Add the chicken stock and coconut milk and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce to simmer. Mix in the canned pumpkin and spices and simmer for about 15 minutes. Before serving, blend with an immersion blender until smooth.

Crumble the bacon and chop the fresh cilantro to top the soup. We also added a small scoop of sour cream to the top of the soup and it was a delicious addition!

(Note: if you do not own an immersion blender, you can pour the pot of soup into a regular blender, or simply not blend. Not blended, the soup will simply have pieces of onion throughout.)

If you try this recipe let me know how you like it! It’s a really easy dish that would be great for a party, since you can top it with so many different things, from fresh herbs and spiced sour creams to bacon, crumbled sausage or pancetta. NOM.

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