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Great autumm recipe, served in the pumpkin shell. Perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving or a special party. It can be prepared, to a point, one day ahead, then finished the next day. I'm guessing on the prep time, so don't scold me if its wrong. lol.
- Slice off stem of pumpkin, 2-1/2 inches from the top, reserve, scrape out the seeds and membranes.
- Brush the inside with 1-1/2 tablespoons of melted butter.
- Top pumpkin with stem and bake in a shallow pan at 375 degree oven for 1-1/4 hours or until plup is tender. Let cool in pan.
- In a large heavy saucepan, cook onion in butter until soft. Add carrots, broth, 3 cups water andd bay leaf and simmer until carrots are tender. Discard bay leaf.
- Discard any liquid in the pumpkin and scoup out pulp leaving 1/4 inch thick shell.
- In a blender, puree pulp with carrot mixture in batches.
- Transfer the puree to a kettle and stir in cream and salt and pepper to taste.
- (You can prepare, to this point, 1 day ahead if desired, and chill in a baking dish.).
- Slice part of the sausage into 8 thin rounds. then slice the rest, quartered lengthwise and then sliced thin. In a heavy skillet, cook the sausage over moderate heat, stirring until light brown and drain on paper towel.
- Reserve the 8 sausage rounds, stir the other sausage pieces into the soup and stir soup over moderate heat, (thin with water if needed), until hot.
- Heat the shell, if needed, in 375 degree oven until warm and ladle soup into shell.
- Garnish with parsley and sausage rounds.
- Serve with breadsticks, or your favorite crusty bread.