Pumpkin Spice and Cauliflower Soup

Pumpkin Cauliflower Soup

Why do most pumpkin recipes only use a portion of a can of pumpkin?  It’s very rare that I find recipes that call for an entire can.  Drives me crazy!

On top of that, most of the recipes call for 1 cup.  Which means, that the leftovers in the can are less than a cup, which typically doesn’t bode well for use in another recipe!  Seriously?!?

Anyways, I had less than a cup of pumpkin left after baking (protein pumped) pumpkin bread.  I tried my hand at making a soup, and Bob and I were both really impressed with the results.

Pumpkin Spice and Cauliflower Soup (2 dinner portions)

  •  1 head of cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 3/4 c. of pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 t. minced garlic
  • 2 c. veggie or chicken broth
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/2 c. lentils
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. cumin
  • 2 dashes of nutmeg
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper, to taste

1.  In a medium-sized pot, saute onion and garlic until the onion is translucent.

2.  Add broth, water, lentils, and all seasonings.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for 30 minutes.

3.  Remove the bay leaf and discard.  Transfer approximately half of the soup to a blender, and process until smooth.  Return the blended soup to the pot and stir to combine.

4.  Serve and possibly garnish with jalopenos, cheese, and /or green onions.

We loved this soup!  It was not pumpkin-y in flavor, but instead, tasted of delicious warm spices.  I liked leaving half of the soup un-blended for texture, but if you prefer a smooth soup you can blend it all.

Happy Monday!!!  :)

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Comments

  1. Patty says

    This would be creepy if it didn’t look so delicious! How did you know I had a less than half can of pumpkin in my refrigerator???

    This looks delicious! Definitely making this this week! Thanks for rescuing that last bit of pumpkin :-)

  2. Jenica says

    I hear your frustrations on that end, but since I always cook for one, I find that any recipe that calls for a whole can of pumpkin is about 10 times too much food for me! I loved realizing that I could just keep the rest of the can in the fridge with some saran wrap.

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