Yesterday I read a fun book to my student that we picked up at the library this week called, "Pumpkin Fiesta" by Caryn Yacowitz. It is a super cute story about Old Juana and Foolish Fernando that teaches a lesson in hard work. At the end of the story I was pleasantly surprised to find "Old Juana's Recipe for Pumpkin Soup in a Pumpkin." I wanted to wait until I tried it out to share it with you, but I was afraid of when that might actually be! Putting it in a post will be a great motivator. Although now I'm thinking this would be quite a fun lunch for my student and I. It sounds delicious!
6 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
4-5 cups pared pumpkin, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 cup thinly sliced onion
2 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 cup low-fat milk, warmed
1 Tbsp freshly chopped parsley
1/8 cup toasted, shelled pumpkin seeds
*Heat first 6 ingredients in a covered saucepan until boiling.
*Reduce heat; simmer for 40 minutes.
*Transfer pumpkin mixture to a large bowl.
*In a blender or food processor puree the pumpkin mixture in batches.
*Return pureed mixture to saucepan.
*Heat to boiling; redue heat.
*Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
*Stir warmed milk into soup. Serve hot in a hollowed-out pumpkin that has been warmed 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Garnish with parsley and toasted pumpkin seeds.
Another cute children's book that includes a yummy recipe at the end is, "Pumpkin Soup," by Helen Cooper. What a fun Fall activity to share with kids!