My friend, Sarah, told me about a really great sounding soup she made last night ~ Garlicky Pumpkin Kale Soup. She cooked this soup with what she had on hand & this is how she said she made it...
"It was improvised, but basically I added leftover sauteed garlicky kale to a simple pumpkin soup made from roasted "Cheese pumpkin", cooked onion, chicken stock and salt/pepper."
Cool, I can work with that. I made a similar version of her soup today, adapting the recipe to use what I had available in the kitchen. Luckily for me, there was some kale in the fridge & some canned pumpkin in the pantry, so off I went to concoct my own pumpkin/garlic brew. (Ahh... I mean soup :) Since I was using canned pumpkin puree, I decided to add a few drops of Liquid Smoke, just to sorta mimic the flavor you get when roasting veggies. This soup is quick, comforting & really yummy. I'll be making this tasty soup all autumn/winter long - it's that good. Sarah, thanks so much for sharing another great recipe! You ROCK! :)
Sarah's Garlicky Pumpkin Kale Soup
makes a cauldron full... :)
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 1 large 29 oz. can pureed pumpkin
- 1 bunch kale ~ rinsed well, veins removed & leaves chopped into bite sized pieces
- 1/2 medium onion, diced
- 2 -3 cloves garlic, minced ~ or more, to taste
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- few drops of liquid smoke (or to taste, optional)
- salt & pepper ~ to taste
Heat olive oil in non-stick pan, over medium heat. Add the onion & garlic. Cook a few minutes until onion is translucent & the garlic is fragrant, then add the prepared kale and saute for a few more minutes, until the kale is wilted. Stir often so it doesn't burn.
Then add chicken stock and pumpkin puree Stir well and bring soup to a frisky, bubbling simmer. Allow to dance away, for a few minutes, to heat through. When ready to serve, add salt/pepper to taste, ladle up a big bowlful & enjoy!