Creamy Gluten-Free Vegan Pumpkin Soup with Smoky Maple Pepita Brittle

Burnished leaves of yellow, red and orange contrasting with the pine trees.

Pumpkin fields scattered with orange orbs and children running from one to the next with squeals of joy.

Scattered orange flags dropping from cedar trees soften the pathways through the woods on a walk with my dogs.

Orange is the color of fall.

Fall, the time when being inside cozy and warm brings us closer together with those we love.
What better way than to enjoy a simple bowl of soup?
This recipe puts dinner on the table in 20 minutes without skimping on the flavor or the fun.
I chose Pumpkin for the base but Butternut Squash or Sweet Potato would work just as well.
All of the bright orange foods have similar nutritional benefits.
Accompanying the pumpkin with minced apricots adds a layer of sweetness and a bit of thickening as they breakdown, eliminating the need for any flour thickener.  Together with the maple syrup, the soup has a haunting sweetness offset with a bit of red pepper.
Be careful to only use 1/4 teaspoon before you simmer the soup.  Red pepper gets hotter as you simmer.
Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Soup with Maple Pepita Brittle
 
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Although I started from a fresh pumpkin, the simple joy of this recipe comes from the ease of using canned organic pumpkin. Feel free to make your life easy. The apricots work to provide a lovely depth of flavor and a bit of natural sweetness. Use whichever milk you would like, I’ve made this with Almond milk but soy, rice or hemp all work well.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh pumpkin- pureed
  • 2 cups milk ( I used Almond milk)
  • 6 apricot halves- minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a soup pot.
  2. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Serve with Smoky Maple Pepita Brittle

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11 Responses to Creamy Gluten-Free Vegan Pumpkin Soup with Smoky Maple Pepita Brittle

  1. Serena November 2, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    PS. We’re SO GLAD to have you as part of ReDux!!

  2. Serena November 2, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    Love, love this line…it’s so true! “Fall, the time when being inside cozy and warm brings us closer together with those we love.
    What better way than to enjoy a simple bowl of soup?” And your smoky brittle sounds amazing and unique!

  3. Katy Skrzypek (@KatySkrzy) October 26, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    I like how you note that less prep time means more family time! :) I hope you are enjoying the Recipe ReDux challenge! See you next month!

  4. Jeanette October 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    I love the simplicity of this soup and the brittle on top just makes it sing.

  5. Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil) October 24, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    We should have a side challenge featuring all the yummy soups – love the maple pepita brittle accompaniment. Welcome to ReDux!

    • Dr. Jean Layton November 16, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

      I love the idea of a side challenge of soups. Maybe January?

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