Harvest pumpkin soup

Yield: 12 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 tablespoon Canola oil
2 \N Onions; chopped
2 mediums Potatoes; cut into 1\" cubes
1 \N Cu dry sherry
8 cups Low sodium chicken broth; defatted
6 cups Pumpkin cubes (about 3-lbs winter squash)
1 \N Cinnamon stick; optional
1 \N Bay leaf
½ teaspoon Dried thyme
½ teaspoon Ground nutmeg
\N \N Salt and pepper; to taste
½ \N Cu nonfat plain yogurt
¼ cup Chopped pistachios

1. In an 8-quart soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots and potatoes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender but not browned, 10 to 15 minutes. (Add 1 to 2 tablespoons water if needed to prevent scorching.) Add sherry and cook until liquid evaporates, 3 to 5 minutes.

Add chicken broth, pumpkin (or other winter squash), cinnamon stick, bay leaf and thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until vegetables are tender, 35 to 45 minutes. Remove bay leaf and cinnamon stick.

2. In a blender or food processor, puree vegetable mixture in 4 batches.

Return to pot and warm over low heat Add nutmeg and season with salt and pepper. (The soup will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Reheat before serving.)

3. Ladle soup into warmed bowls; garnish with a swirl of yogurt and a sprinkling of pistachios.

MAKES ABOUT 14 CUPS, for 12 servings. PER SERVING: 110 Calories, 3 grams protein, 2 grams fat (0.3 gram saturated fat), 15 grams carbohydrate: 390 mg sodium, 4 mg cholesterol; 2 grams fiber.

Contributed by Wayne Hawrys, Nashville, IN Recipe by: Eating Well (1997:Nov) Posted to Digest eat-lf.v097.n300 by KitPATh <phannema@...> on Nov 25, 1997

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