Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Golden Pumpkin Harvest Soup with Apple and Mushroom

I was going to share another salad, but with the cold rain and the end of daylight saving time, I decided to go with soup instead. Dinner has been hot, homemade soup for at least a week now.  Nothing feels more warming and nourishing than a big bowl of brothy vegetables and beans.

Along with craving warming foods, I've been thinking about the holidays, and wanting to incorporate some of my favorite seasonal flavors into healthy meals.  Pumpkin is at the top of my list this time of year.  So, pumpkin soup happened.

Golden Pumpkin Harvest Soup

1 medium sweet onion, chopped small
1 large Fuji apple, chopped small
2 cups sliced crimini mushrooms
1 can cannellini beans (about 2 cups)
1 can pumpkin puree (about 2 cups)
4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoons herbs de provence
1 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cardomom
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
black pepper to taste
salt-free seasoning to taste (I use Spike)
4 green onions, sliced fine

Water saute' onion, mushroom, and apple until tender.  Add beans, pumpkin, broth, apple cider vinegar, herbs, and other seasoning.  Stir well and simmer over medium heat for at least 30 minutes.  Serve garnished with a generous amount of sliced green onion. 

And, because I have to put it on everything, this soup was sprinkled with a heaping spoonful of nutritional yeast. It was delicious. The pumpkin makes the broth rich and hearty, and the chopped apple adds just a little bit of sweetness. The mushrooms add a nice chew, and the apple cider vinegar brighten up the flavor. The sliced green onions are a must. This turned out to be a nice dinner that didn't take much effort. And, healthy!

I'm going to be experimenting with more pumpkin soups, trying to find the perfect one to serve at a holiday meal. If you have any suggestions for pumpkin soup, I'd love to hear them.

Have you had a chance to stop by Healthy Vegan Friday this week?  There are sooo many Fall inspired healthy treats to peruse.

I hope you have a great week. Stay warm!


  1. Dude, this looks A.MAZ.ING. You rock my world how you just threw that together after all my pumpkin talks and recipe searches! :)

    1. Thanks, Rebecca. I got lucky with this one. And the best part? Tim came home from work and pretty much finished off the whole pot :)

    2. I'm totally going to make this. Also, you had me at the scallions - I top all of my soups with them :)

    3. Me too. It's my favorite onion!

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  3. Wow, what a beautiful soup! The color is so pretty and it looks so comforting. Such a unique flavor combination and I bet it is delicious! A little sweet, a little earthy, a lot of yummy! Definitely something I'm going to have to try!

    1. Hi Sarah! Sweet & earthy is a good flavor description for this one.

  4. Oh my goodness, this soup sounds soooo perfectly fall! I love it!

    1. Well, I do happen to be consumed with Fall right now. Sweaters. Tea. Apples. :)

  5. You know, I love pumpkin, and theoretically I ought to love pumpkin soup but I'm not sure I've ever made a tasty one myself. This sounds pretty good though - the apple in there is probably awesome.

    1. The only pumpkin soup I ever made & liked (before this) was one made with coconut milk (the full fat version in the can). I always like the idea of pumpkin soup, but have encountered many bland versions. I'm going to keep experimenting.

  6. This looks and sounds like a scrumptious recipe!

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