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Pumpkin Soup in Your Blender

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Pumpkin flavoring has overtaken fall foods. From lattes and muffins to potato chips and pasta, everyone is trying to get in on this seasonal trend. Go back to the basics with a delicious homemade pumpkin soup recipe without the gimmicks. 

Classic Pumpkin Soup 
Start off making your soup by cutting and de-seeding 2 pounds of sugar pumpkins into small, 3-inch chunks. Cover a baking sheet with your pumpkin chunks and season with salt, pepper and olive oil. Roast at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until it can be pierced easily with a fork. Feel free to add other vegetables - such as onions, sweet potatoes or squash - at this point for extra flavor. Remove your pumpkin from the oven, allow it to cool and remove the skins. 

Next, heat your pumpkin with 4 cups of chicken stock, 1 chopped onion, 1/2 cup celery, 1/2 cup carrots, pinch of thyme and 1 glove of garlic in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes without a cover. 

After letting the mixture cool, pour your soup into your performance blender, such as the Oster®Versa® Performance Blender with Low Profile Jar. This blender not only allows you to perfectly mix your soup to a smooth puree, but its higher rotations per minute will help you heat up when you're blending soup or making leftovers.

Heat has a tendency to cause a buildup of pressure when blending, so remove the pour cap and cover the top of the blender with a towel to keep the liquid where it belongs. Once blended, pour the mixture back into the saucepan, heat and continue simmering until it reaches your desired consistency. Some people prefer to add heavy cream at this stage, while others like a less rich taste. 

There are a plenty of takes on this fall favorite. Food website Chow suggested serving your pumpkin soup with bacon and crouton garnishes. You can even use the bacon's grease to add a smoky, rich flavor to the soup when you're blending it.  

Running into the Kitchen prominently features potatoes in its recipe, for a much heartier taste that works great in cold weather. Just add potatoes with the pumpkin while roasting for more body and a less intense pumpkin flavor.

Other recipes feature noodles, like a pumpkin-based take on chicken noodle soup. Vegan options are also popular. They use vegetable broth and avoid heavy cream. 

What else would you like to add to your pumpkin soup? Get creative with your favorite flavors - use cinnamon for a sweeter taste, squash for an extra autumn taste or spicy pepper pieces for a little kick.