This week I picked the last marigolds from the garden, and harvested lots of fennel seed, chives and thyme. Loads of tomatoes, beets too, and butternut squash. With a chill in the air, and now having weathered our first snow of the season, my yearly reluctance to jump into autumn is fading a little, because I do love the trees dressed in red and gold, and the whole seasonal foodscape shifts. Warming trends. And pumpkin fever.
This soup is special and so good – my family adored it at a recent birthday celebration. The amazing combination of smooth silky pureed pumpkin and coconut milk, browned butter onion and garlic, some heat – with the elusive, wonderful flavor of a Mexican mole’ make an addictive, healthy soup that can double as a fabulous dip if you choose. Savory Spice Shop’s Mexican Mole’ powder – a combination of chilies, cocoa, sesame seeds, cinnamon, garlic, anise and cloves – happened to be in my pantry, if you don’t happen to have it on hand – no worries, the recipe provides…
Can you practically taste it? Oh my ….
Mexican Mole’ Spiced Pumpkin Coconut Soup
Makes 4-5 cup servings
- 1 1/2 c. finely chopped onion (1 smallish onion)
- 3-4 large cloves minced garlic
- 2 tbsp. butter (or coconut oil for vegan version)
- 1 can full fat coconut milk, warmed and shaken (reserve several tablespoons for drizzle/garnish, if desired)
- 1 can pureed pumpkin (or 2 cups baked and pureed pie pumpkin)
- 3 tbsp. Mexican Mole’ powder OR 1 tbsp.cocoa powder, 1 1/2 tbsp. spicy chili powder, 1 tsp. cinnamon, pinch cloves and allspice
- additional chili powder, to taste (I added up to 2-3 more tbsp)
- 1 tsp. coriander, or minced cilantro if desired
- 1/2 tsp.salt or to taste
- a drizzle, a dollop – of honey, to taste
- vegetable or chicken stock, to thin soup if necessary
- roast and salted pepitas
- reserved coconut milk, or coconut yogurt or sour cream
Place butter in large pot over medium high heat and swirl in pan until you can see it has turned a golden brown. Drop in onion and garlic, and stir quickly to cover the pan’s bottom, then let cook several minutes at a time, to brown nicely. Adjust stove heat to medium low, and add coconut milk and pumpkin to pot all at once. Whisk to blend, add seasonings, and bring to low simmer. After a few minutes, taste, and adjust seasonings if necessary. How is the consistency? A little thick? Add a bit of vegetable or chicken stock to thin. Serve soup in bowls or mugs, garnish with a drizzle of warm coconut milk, (coconut yogurt or sour cream) and pass the pepitas with love and a smile.
And may I suggest – mmmmmm – having happily discovered for myself – that this soup, when slightly cooled, thickens up just perfectly to create a WONDERFUL dip. Try it for your next fall party, served with warmed tortilla chips, sliced jicama, red, yellow and orange bell pepper strips, or your favorite dippers. 🙂
Fall Blessings to each of you!