Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Creamy Cheddar & Pumpkin Soup w/Bacon & Homemade Croutons...


Okay, so just a warning, my kids went to our friends pumpkin farm just before Halloween, and well you'd think they wen to a candy store...picking big pumpkins and small ones and of course an extra large one. So that being said, don't be surprised if you see way too many pumpkin recipes in the days to come. 
I have to do something with them!

So this go around I decided to make a soup, a warm your belly & your soul soup.  With bacon and cheddar - I mean what can be better right, bacon makes EVERYTHING better! - just don't tell my husband ;-)
This soup has the spirit of a chowder and the essence of creamed soup, I guess you can call it, the best of both worlds.  I hope you try it, enjoy it...and of course... spread the love*



Creamy Cheddar Pumpkin Soup w/ Bacon & Homemade Croutons

Ingredients

3 Cups of  raw pumpkin
1 Medium onion (chopped)
2 Garlic Cloves (grated)
1 Tbs Salt
1 Tsp Ground chipotle powder
1 Tbs Sage & Oregano
1 Tsp Pepper
2 Cups milk
1 Cup Aged Cheddar (grated)
1 Cup cooked bacon
2 Tbs Olive oil

Directions

Sauté  onion on low with minced or grated garlic. Add herbs & salt, cook low and slow, until caramelized. Add the pumpkin and cover - let cook for 45 minutes or until pumpkin is cooked through. Add milk, heat through.  Puree. Add the remaining ingredients (leave about 1/4 cup of each bacon and cheddar for garnish) and simmer until all the flavors have developed, approximately 20 min.  Top with homemade croutons and garnish with cheddar and bacon.  Yuuuuum...quite fulfilling ;-)

Photos




& this is only 1/4 of the pumpkin!



Garlic...


Grated nicely.


Never underestimate the power of fresh herbs*



Nice & Caramelized


This is where you can take a mid afternoon cat nap ;-)

All set...with just a bit of fresh pepper.


Presto...
Now for the fun part!

Bacon ;-)


Crispy Bacon :-)  :-)  ;-)

Makes me want some cookies to go along with this big glass of milk!


Chipotle... just a bit to hit ya with a slight kick 


A pureed soups bff...


Quick and easy 
you could use your blender as well

Aged cheddar...

oh, be sure to remove the cloth...not a good texture in your creamy soup.


Add the Cheeeeeeeeese

nom nom nom and the bacon
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and the croutons....

and top with more cheese

and more bacon

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Hello Gorgeous ;-)

I hope this soup warms your home and your family this fine autumn day...

Enjoy*


Simply Food Love*
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2 comments:

  1. Oh my! That is sooo delish!I saw your blog from the foodie blog roll and I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this pumpkin widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about pumpkin, Thanks!

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  2. Alisa~ Thank you. I added the widget, and I hope the other foodista readers enjoy the recipe!

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