Made this last night with a few changes and everyone loved it. It is very thick and rich even without the cream, maybe because I added 1/3 of a can of coconut milk I had leftover from another recipe and my chicken stock was homemade and I didn't de-fat it very well. I used hot Italian sausage and added a few Tbsps of pesto because I was out of the Italian seasoning. I also added some hot pepper flakes and about 3 cups of shredded kale. Very forgiving soup - it lets you adjust things as you like. Thank you for posting!
Absolutely fantastic! I was pretty nervous about making this soup b/c I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin. It isn't overly pumpkin-y though. Everyone that had it at my dinner party wanted the recipe before we even started the next course! It has a great flavour and re-heated great the next day. I Cooked the sausage/onion/garlic/mushrooms the night before to save myself some prep time (was making 5 courses for the party). It was super easy and tasted great. No other changes to the recipe.
This goes straight into my Best of the Best Cookbook! I used hot Italian sausage, home made chicken broth, and a can of 2% evaporated milk instead of cream. Loved it.
VERY GOOD! Quite Spicy the way I made it but we love spicy.
- didn't add the mushrooms
- didn't have Italian Seasoning so made my own using the recipe http://www.food.com/recipe/italian-seasoning-82770
(minus the parsley as didn't have it).
- We don't have Jimmy Dean here. Used hot Italian sausage links and just took the casings off and cooked it crumbled.
- deglazed the pot with a little bit of water.
- added extra onion....about 3/4 cup total
- used 1 cup half and half instead of the cream and water
- added just under 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- added about 1/4 tsp of nutmeg to it and may try a bit more next time for more nutmeg flavour.
- didn't add any salt and pepper. Forgot about it actually until we were 1/2 way through but it didn't need it.
This has become our favourite soup and will definitely be making it again...and again! Thank you for this recipe.
This Soup was amazing! The only change I made was to chop some bacon and sweat the onions in that before adding it to the sausage. I also added a little cayenne pepper to my bowl of soup. (I like things to have a little kick) This really added another element to an already great soup, and it's low-carb to boot!!! Wife loved the soup as well.
Very good soup! We really enjoyed it and it seems pretty flexible for personal preferences. I made a couple of modifications for what I had on hand. I used 6 oz of Jimmy Dean Habanero flavored sausage. I didn't have Italian seasoning, so I added oregano, basil, a tiny pinch of sage and rosemary. The mushrooms I had were baby Bellas and I used about 4 cups! Because we'd rather skip the cream, we did not use it. I can see where it would improve this even further, and I would do that for company. Thanks!
This should be one of the recipes of the year! It is one of our family's favorites. I love to make for after skiing dinner! We always use spicy italian sausage instead of the jimmy dean and only add the cream sometimes. It is rich and thick without it!
Definitely a keeper!
delicious!! wasn't sure if my dieting husband would care for this but he loved it as did my teenage sons. added frozen corn instead of mushrooms, half and half instead of cream and water. would definitely make this again.
WOW!!! This soup is phenomenal! Excellent for low carbers and an added bonus-pumpkin is one of the top 10 Superfoods. My very "country" husband was shocked: He was only going to "taste it"...2 bowls later he was full and happy. I was not expecting it to be as good as it was. This soup hits the spot even for breakfast. It is hard to find something satisfying for breakfast when you seek a low carb life style. I will make this again and again. I did use hot sausage and 1/2 and 1/2 instead of heavy cream(I accidently grabbed whipping cream at the store:)I didnt add the water because the 1/2 and 1/2 seemed runny enough. Oh and on some servings we grated mozzarella over the top. Pure Yumminess!! Dont be scared!!
Holy cow! I made this soup for dinner last night, and all I could think about this morning was getting to lunchtime so I could snag the leftovers. So easy to make, and such a great meal for winter hibernation. To cut down the fat without giving up the cream (use the cream, it makes all the difference!) I added chicken sausage instead of pork. Al Fresco brand sweet apple and maple chicken sausage complimented the pumpkin nicely. I also added a dash of chili garlic sauce (sriracha) for a little heat. I can't wait until I have company over so I can play gourmet hostess with this soup!