This hearty soup makes a great fall meal, served with a salad and some warm crusty bread (we usually have a whole wheat baguette), or use it as a first course. It is derived from a Pumpkin Soup recipe I found several years ago in The Wine Spectator. For a dressy presentation garnish with a bit of Creme Fraiche and some julienned prosciutto. I've made this recipe using brown sugar and also substituting Spenda and my family has not noticed a difference. I have also substituted low fat evaporated milk for the heavy cream with no issues in the final result. This soup can be prepared up to 24 hours before serving. re-heat over very low heat prior to serving.