New England Spiced Pumpkin Soup

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READY IN: 45mins
SERVES: 4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Heat the butter in a large saucepan, add the onion and garlic and gently fry 4 to 5 minutes or until softened.
  • Stir in the flour, nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin; cover and cook gently for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Pour in the chicken stock, orange juice and brown sugar.
  • Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, until the pumpkin has softened.
  • Meanwhile, make the croutons.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan, cut the whole wheat bread sliced into cubes and fry gently until just brown - add the sunflower seeds and fry for an additional 1 to 2 minutes; drain the croutons and sunflower seed on a papper towel.
  • Return to soup.
  • Pour only half of the soup mixture into a blender or food processor and process until smooth; return soup to the saucepan.
  • Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper, if desired and heat through.
  • Serve the soup hot garnished with a few of the croutons and sunflower seeds sprinkled over the top.
  • Enjoy!
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