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Pumpkin Soup With Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

  • Yield: 4 cups, 4 first-course servings


  • 2 tablespoons Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups peeled and diced pumpkin, seeds reserved (1/4-inch dice)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups Basic Chicken Stock
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 turns freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions


  • Prepare the Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds and set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a soup pot over high heat. When the butter sizzles, add the pumpkin and sautÈ for 3 minutes. Add the onions and garlic and sautÈ for 2 minutes. Add the bay leaves, salt, and stock. Stir in the cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, and sugar and bring to a boil, whisking often to break up the pumpkin. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the pumpkin is very tender, for about 25 minutes.
  • Slowly whisk in the cream, and then the peanut butter. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  • Serve the soup in shallow bowls and sprinkle with the roasted pumpkin seeds and chopped green onions.
  • Note: Preheat the oven to 350?F. Rinse the seeds clean of any pumpkin flesh. Combine the seeds with 1 teaspoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon Emeril's Creole Seasoning per 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds, using your hands to coat the seeds evenly. Place on a baking sheet and bake until brown and crisp, for about 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 weeks.