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Pumpkin Guts

afro wig, baby

Apparently, dressing up as Bob Ross isn't "cool".

So, it’s only a few weeks until Halloween, which, besides spending $400 on candy and convincing my son he really doesn’t need an $800 gold-plated, mechanical, battery-operated, light-up, sound-producing, shoots-real-lasers-and-comes-with-its-own-fully-operational-grenade-launcher costume, means carving a big-ass pumpkin. And that means pumpkin soup. Here is my pumpkin soup recipe.

Pumpkin Soup

1 big-ass pumpkin
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion
2-3 carrots
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup slow-cooking rice
1/4 tsp cumin, cloves, cinnamon and ginger
salt, pepper to taste

Start with a big-ass pumpkin. Find yourself a 14-year old kid to empty it out and carve it.

pumpkin face, halloween pumpkin, carved pumpkin

Thank you, K-man, for carving the big-ass pumpkin!

Separate all the pumpkin seeds from the pumpkin guts. And by all, I mean most of them until you get fed up and say the hell with it, I’m gonna puree the damn thing anyway.

Chop up the onion, carrot and pumpkin guts. Heat up the olive oil in the soup pot and saute the chopped vegetables on medium-high heat until onion is transparent, about 5 minutes.

carrots, onion, olive oil, saute vegetables

Saute actually means "to jump" in French. I wonder why we use the term for cooking. I don't know about you, but I don't jump my vegetables.

Add the broth, rice and spices. Bring to a boil, cover, then simmer for about 30 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked.

carrots, rice, chicken broth

Almost done!

Run through the blender until it looks like this:

soup

Now you're done!

Actually, while you are technically done, you can still do one final thing. Add a little grated cheese to it, because cheese makes everything better. Grated Parmesan isn’t bad, as is Mozzarella. But my favourite with this soup is some grated smoked Havarti.

Bon appetit!

 

 

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  • http://wheresthefunnyhere.blogspot.com Laughingmom

    Hey! Don’t toss the pumpkin seeds – toast those suckers!! Thanks for the recipe – pumpkin guts are my daughters favorite messy thing to play with (and she’s 16 now)!

  • http://www.liveblogtoday.com Stef Papenfuss

    Sai Baba is reborn already!

  • http://www.weworkforcheese.com Nicky

    Ok, sure.

  • http://www.weworkforcheese.com Nicky

    I didn’t toss them, I love toasted pumpkin seeds!! So they never outgrow playing with pumpkin guts? Awesome! :-)

  • http://if-i-were-god-or-had-his-powers.blogspot.com/ If I were God…

    If you run out of pumkins to carve up I know a Hyundai service manager we can use -I’ll hold his squirrely ass down, and you can do the carving.  Deal?

  • http://artofbeingconflicted.com Cheryl P.

    That sounds delish, does anyone have a spare 14 year old to carve a big ass pumpkin for me? 

  • http://www.weworkforcheese.com Nicky

    I do, I do!! Take mine, please. Please! I beg you!! :-) This soup is awesome, and really simple to make. If you do find a 14-year old, you really should try it! :-)

  • http://www.weworkforcheese.com Nicky

    Seriously?! I would LOVE to take part in delivering a little “wrath of God” to the Hyundai man…deal!

  • http://thegoodthebadtheworse.blogspot.com Linda Medrano

    I’ve never known what to do with punkin innards.  Thanks Nicky!  This sounds really good!  I’m doing it!

  • http://mommamiameaculpa.com meleahrebeccah

    HOLY DELICIOUS!!

    My father makes homemade Pumpkin Soup all the time! And, before I became allergic to it, I loved it!!  Man, I’m gunna miss that this season!

  • http://beetle-blog.com/ babs (beetle)

    We don’t do Halloween, other than buy sweets for kids that knock at our door.  We used to and it was great fun – well the parties were.

    To ‘jump’ the vegetables probably means ‘toss’ them in the pan – Saute :)

  • http://zivainferno.blogspot.com Ziva

    Let me tell you a story; until a few years ago, I had never actually seen the inside of a pumpkin. Then one year, my little brother decided we had to do Halloween, just like do on the other side of the pond. So we got a pumpkin, carved it up, and were all so thoroughly disgusted by the guts that we never did it again. The end.

  • http://www.weworkforcheese.com Nicky

    Oh, good! Let me know how it turns out!! Also, I’ve been meaning to tell you that I did get your recipe for Welsh Rarebit, and we are soooo going to try it!

  • http://www.weworkforcheese.com Nicky

    I wondered when I was writing this up if you were allergic to pumpkin! Damn, that’s too bad. How about pumpkin seeds? Can you have those?

  • http://www.weworkforcheese.com Nicky

    I haven’t been to a Halloween party in years… you should have one! I’d love to see pictures of you and Mo all dressed up! I think Saute means the vegetables actually “jump” around in the pan because of the heat. Either way, they sure taste yummy :-)

  • http://www.weworkforcheese.com Nicky

    That is, without a doubt, the most tragic tale I have ever heard. You need to move to Canada. Like, now. While there’s still some soup left and the tiniest bit of hope that your soul can be saved.

  • http://mommamiameaculpa.com meleahrebeccah

    Oh goodness, no!

  • http://beetle-blog.com/ babs (beetle)

    I might post a video clip of one of our parties for Halloween :)

  • http://www.weworkforcheese.com Nicky

    Oh YEAH! Please do!!

  • http://www.weworkforcheese.com Nicky

    Bummer. At least you can have cheese :-)

  • http://www.shoot-me-now.com Katherine Murray

    I am SO making this. I LOVE PUMPKIN ….. PUMPKIN ANYTHING. So next paycheck I am gonna get a big ass pumpkin!

  • http://mommamiameaculpa.com meleahrebeccah

    Thank GOD for THAT!

  • http://nonamedufus.blogspot.com/ nonamedufus

    Ha ha you said havarti. Which is probably what I’d do after I ate that soup. Although I must say it looks mighty appetizing. I bet it’s pretty gouda.

  • http://www.weworkforcheese.com Nicky

    Yay! Let me know how you like it!! :-)

  • http://www.weworkforcheese.com Nicky

    You bet your Asiago it was gouda, Dufus! Hey, if you can’t b’Edam, join ‘em! :-)

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